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

MSFC Earth Disasters Team Response to Major Hurricane Ian

October 30, 2022

Hurricane Ian, a Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 155 mph, made landfall in southwestern Florida on 9/28/22, with widespread impacts to the state resulting from significant storm surge, an expansive tropical to hurricane-force wind field, torrential rain, and …

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Predicting Hurricane Intensification “in a Flash”

October 30, 2022

In September, Hurricanes Fiona and Ian ravaged the coasts of Puerto Rico, Canada, and Florida. Like so many hurricanes in recent history, these morphed into monsters at “warp speed,” making them difficult to forecast. Researchers still don’t know exactly why …

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Intensive Testing Sessions for the Satellite Needs Working Group (SNWG) Report Generation Tool (RGT)

October 30, 2022

IMPACT in collaboration with Development Seed is developing a Report Generation Tool (RGT) that members of the tri-agency (NASA, NOAA, and USGS) assessment teams will use to collaboratively write final assessment reports.  For each Federal agency need submitted to the …

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Pontus Olofsson Co-Authors Six Scientific Publications Since Joining NASA SFC in June 2022

October 30, 2022

Pontus Olofsson of NASA MSFC’s Interagency Implementation and Advanced Concepts Team (IMPACT) has co-authored six publications since June 2022, submitted to three Remote Sensing journals. See the list of publications below: Chen, S., Olofsson, P., Saphangthong, T., and Woodcock C. …

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Invited Panelist at the NASA Understanding SMD Needs for Data and Computing Workshop

October 30, 2022

Manil Maskey (ST11/IMPACT) was an invited panelist at the NASA Understanding Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Needs for Data and Computing Workshop. Maskey discussed user needs for multiple user groups within Earth science. Maskey also gave an overview of the new …

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