Earth Science Branch

The Earth Science Branch conducts research of the Earth as a system with a focus on lightning and precipitation processes, weather and climate variability, monitoring fluxes of heat and water from the surface, and associated data management and mining activities for scientific discovery and applications for societal benefit.

Earth Science Branch Projects

Rahul Ramachandran Participated in Department of Energy Panel Review

September 9, 2021

On August 30th and 31st, Rahul Ramachandran (ST11) participated in the Office of Biological & Environmental Research (BER) within the Department of Energy Office of Science review of a proposal to evolve the Earth System Grid Federation (ESGF). The ESGF …

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Andrew Molthan Nominated and Selected to Serve on NASA’s New Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) Board

September 9, 2021

Andrew Molthan (ST11) was nominated by MSFC’s Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity to serve on the new HQ-led IDEA Board, a decision-making body for NASA’s plans to implement Administration and NASA priorities towards advancement of national IDEA efforts. Activities …

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SPoRT Leads Hurricane Forecast Briefings for NOAA’s Hurricane Research Division

August 27, 2021

Each year, the Hurricane Research Division (HRD) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) conducts a field campaign to provide real-time observations to forecasters at the National Hurricane Center. The field program’s three aircraft collect data that are invaluable …

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New Publication Using MSFC and GSFC Remote Sensing to Anticipate Lightning Potential in Winter Storms from the IMPACTS Field Campaign Data

August 27, 2021

Electrification of winter clouds is not well characterized unless lightning is observed. MSFC has combined with GSFC and the University of North Dakota to understand how winter clouds electrify. Using a unique system of aircraft-based electric field mills from MSFC’s …

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Fully Executed Space Act Agreement with Microsoft

August 27, 2021

The Interagency Implementation and Advanced Concepts Team (IMPACT) has established a space act agreement (SAA) with Microsoft. The umbrella and annex agreements allow NASA and Microsoft to collaborate on common research problems addressing data discovery, access and use challenges specifically …

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