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Map of Fire Weather Index seasonal anomalies across North America during June–September 2020
02.22.21 - GMAO Science Snapshots Look at Drought and Fires
Supported by NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) resources, NASA’s Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO) calculated 1. the impact of regional U.S. drought on land and atmospheric carbon and 2. fire emissions in the Northern Hemisphere extratropics during 2020.
Visualization of CFC-11 emissions from eastern China during 2014–2017
02.17.21 - NASA-funded Network Tracks the Recent Rise and Fall of Ozone Depleting Pollutants
A short-lived resurgence in the emission of ozone depleting pollutants in eastern China will not significantly delay the recovery of Earth’s protective “sunscreen” layer, according to new research published Feb. 10 in Nature. Supporting computations with the NASA 3D GEOS Chemistry Climate model ran at the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS).
Predicted atmospheric specific humidity from a numerical weather prediction application
02.16.21 - High-Performance Supercontainers Show Promise for Earth System Prediction
Using a NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) supercomputer and other high-performance computing platforms, the multi-agency Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation (JCSDA) successfully demonstrated software “supercontainers” for its next-generation Joint Effort for Data assimilation Integration (JEDI) system.
Intern Adam Freidman standing in front of a TESS image
02.10.21 - NASA Summer Intern Combines Data Science and Astronomy – with Stellar Results
Adam Friedman, a 2020 summer intern at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, analyzed a deluge of data on the brightness changes of over 70 million stars using the Discover supercomputer and Advanced Data Analytics PlaTform GPU Cluster at the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS).
Forecast map of dust aerosol optical thickness over the Atlantic Ocean and southern U.S.
02.10.21 The GMAO Supports Field Campaigns During a Challenging Year
Despite an unpredictable 2020 for planning airborne and ship-based field campaigns, the Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO) was still able to support a number of missions that required specialized products. GMAO forecast models and visualization portals run at the NCCS.
Photo of solar physicist Haihong Che from the University of Alabama in Huntsville
02.08.21 - Solar Physicist Proposes New Mechanism for How Electrons Work in Solar Flares
A new mechanism to explain how electrons work in solar flares has been proposed by a University of Alabama in Huntsville solar physicist using a theoretical model of particle acceleration and the supercomputers of NASA’s High-End Computing Program through the NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) Division.
Side view of the Orion Pad Abort 1 flight test simulation
02.04.21 - LAVA: NASA’s Hottest Flow Solver Contributes to Astronaut Safety
The NAS Division’s LAVA software is helping to reduce risk and ensure the safety of astronauts on the launch pad and during the moments after takeoff.
Photo of Shayna Skolnik with virtual reality headset
02.04.21 - Shayna Skolnik: Visualizing Disaster Impacts with Virtual Reality
Through Navteca, Shayna Skolnik collaborates with NASA to demonstrate and investigate the potential of virtual reality and augmented reality to improve data accessibility and visualization for Earth science research and disaster response efforts. Data sources include the NASA Disasters Mapping Portal, a geographic information system website hosted by the National Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS).
A coronal mass ejection erupting from the Sun (left) and the resulting solar storm colliding with Earth’s protective magnetic field, the magnetosphere (right)
01.29.21 - Machine Learning Study Identifies the Internal Structure of Interplanetary Coronal Mass Ejections.
In a machine learning study supported by the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS), NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and university heliophysics researchers have gained insights into the internal structure of interplanetary coronal mass ejections (ICMEs)—gigantic clouds of magnetized gas that erupt from the Sun and travel through the solar system.
Illustration of NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS)
01.22.21 - 'Sextuply-Eclipsing Sextuple Star System' Discovered Whirling through the Milky Way
Data from NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) that astronomers analyzed on the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) Discover supercomputer has revealed a sextuple star system less than 2,000 light years from Earth.
Full-disk image of the Sun captured by the Solar Dynamics Observatory
01.14.21 - Heliophysics Hackweek 2020 Coronal Holes Team Publishes Results at NeurIPS 2020
Helio Hackweek 2020 “Coronal Holes” team members and other hackweek participants continued their collaboration and published a paper and poster of their results at the 34th Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems. “SEARCH: SEgmentation of polAR Coronal Holes,” was published at the Machine Learning and the Physical Sciences Workshop.
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01.06.21 - NCCS-Enabled Science Advances Being Presented at Online AMS Annual Meeting
From more accurate hydrology forecasts to improved understanding of cyclone dynamics, science advances enabled by NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) resources are the subject of posters and virtual presentations at the 101st Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society (AMS 101), being held online January 10–15, 2021.

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