New NASA global data set to forecast future global temperature chages

NASA Releases Detailed Global Climate Change Projections

NASA Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan made an announcement Tuesday, about the work that the NEX team has done in partnership w/ the NAS (NASA Advanced Sup...

NASA Releases Detailed Global Climate Change Projections
Areas of disturbed forest and woodland cover in Santa Clara County.

Major changes in Forest and woodland vegetation cover in Santa...

  A new study published in the journal "Current Urban Studies" by NASA Ames scientist Christopher Potter has documented major changes in forest and...

Collage of Global Hawk photos taken during the 2014 mission. Image Credit:  NASA/ Brian Kelly and Erin Czech

HS3 Hurricane Mission Investigated Four Tropical Cyclones in...

NASA's Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel, or HS3, mission investigated four tropical cyclones in the 2014 Atlantic Ocean hurricane season: Cristobal...

Read More:
The DC-8 airborne laboratory is one of several NASA aircraft that will fly in support of five new investigations into how different aspects of the interconnected Earth system influence climate change.

NASA Airborne Campaigns Tackle Climate Questions from Africa to...

Five new NASA airborne field campaigns will take to the skies starting in 2015 to investigate how long-range air pollution, warming ocean waters, and ...

Read More:
3-D printed wing part for the FrankenEye aircraft.

It's Alive! Ames Engineers Harvest and Print Parts for New...

It's more an engineer's dream than nightmare - to rapidly prototype and redesign aircraft using 3-D printed parts. That's just what a team of student ...

Read More:
The ARISE research team lines up in front of the NASA C-130 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, for a group photo

ARISE Researchers Close out Alaska Field Campaign

Data from ARISE will help scientists understand the relationship between ocean and ice surfaces and clouds and the role that relationship plays in the...

Read More:

NASA's HS3 Looks Hurricane Edouard in the Eye

Scientists on NASA's HS3 mission got lucky on September 17 when the remotely piloted Global Hawk dropped a sonde that fell in Hurricane Eduoard's eye ...

Read More:

Earth Science at Ames


    Who We Are & What We Do


    Highlights for July 24, 2015


    Hammill, P., L. T. Iraci, E. L. Yates, W. Gore, T. P. Bui, T. Tanaka, and M. Loewenstein. 2015. A new instrumented airborne platform for atmospheric research. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.  (Accepted)  This article describes the Alpha Jet Atmospheric eXperiment (AJAX) and its use of the Alph Jet.


    • Christopher Potter and David Bubenheim (SGE) are delivering maps and tabular summaries of live water hyacinth coverage in waterways of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta  from the latest cloud-free Landsat satellite imagery.  Currently the Delta may be the most extensively invaded estuary by exotic plant species in the world.  Water hyacinth is considered to be one of the primary invasive weed problems in Delta waterways: its prolific floating biomass  interferes with pumping equipment for agricultural water supply and recreational activities such as boating and fishing.  Excessive water hyacinth biomass may alter water quality and provide habitat for undesirable disease-carrying insects.  Using Landsat imagery as of mid-July 2015 the total estimated acreage of water hyacinth coverage has increased on Delta waterways by about 92 acres (12%) since mid-June 2015. This is mainly on the Old River, San Joaquin River, and the False River.  These Landsat image products are shared widely and used by partners at the USDA, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, California Department of Parks - Boating and Waterways, and many other state and local agencies to help plan controls on weed biomass growth in all Delta waterways.  This remote sensing applied science that spans the western U.S. and Hawaii is funded entirely by the USDA and represents NASA Ames’ most important and recognized collaboration with USDA.


    • Paul Bui, Eric Jensen, Leonhard Pfister, James Podolske, Hanwant Singh (SGG), and Rei Ueyama (BAER Institute) are participating in the Composition and transport in the tropical troposphere and lower stratosphere on Jul. 20-23, 2015 in Boulder, CO. Eric Jensen is a member of the organizing committee.  Titles of the their presentations are:
    * E. Jensen, “Overview of the Airborne Tropical TRopopause EXperiment (ATTREX)”

    * E. Jensen, “On the susceptibility of cold tropical cirrus to ice nuclei abundance”

    * L. Pfister, “Convective impacts on trace gases in the Tropical Tropopause Layer during Boreal Winter as seen during ATTREX”

    * R. Ueyama,“Trajectory and microphysical modeling of H2O and clouds in the Tropical Tropopause Layer”

    • Dr. Sherry Palacios (BAER Institute) participated in a panel discussion and hands-on scientific activity with 100 elementary and middle school students attending the summer day camp organized by Breakthrough Silicon Valley in Los Gatos, California, July 16th. This program  encourages children of color to enter the STEM fields. She highlighted how she became a scientist and shared some of her experiences working as an oceanographer at NASA Ames. The Education Office provided NASA stickers for distribution during the event.


    • There were two UAS brown bag seminars the week of July 20-24:
    *  July 15: Don Sullivan's (SGE) presentation, "Is there anybody out there: common and not so common UAS comm," was well attended.

    *  July 17: Phil McGillivary, U.S. Coast Guard, talked about "Maritime uses of Unmanned Aircraft Systems by the U.S. Coast Guard.  The seminar was standing room only.  A copy of Phil's slides can be found at


    • Robert Chatfield will participate in the 2015 Gordon Research Conference on Atmospheric Chemistry in Waterville Valley, NH Aug. 2-7, 2015. 

    • Eric Jensen will participate in the Comparative Climatology of Terrestrial Planets Conference at NASA Ames Sep. 8-11, 2015. 


    • The Earth Venture Suborbital-2 (EVS-2) mission ObseRvations of Aerosols above Clouds and their intEractionS (ORACLES) will hold its first science team meeting at NASA Ames Sep. 9-11, 2015.

    SynBio News

    • EuCROPIS: Stasis and biocompatibility tests are ongoing in flight cards. Lynn Rothschild and the engineering management will attend the TIM in Bremen, Germany, September 8-10.


    • iGEM: The team has successfully produced bioplastic and is looking into ways to form it into a sheet with extended polymers to prepare for folding.  Modeling of inputs has been performed for optimization.  The team also has microbial cellulose growing for the production of a cellulose sheet. The team has been invited to participate in a northern California/Nevada meet-up in Reno, August 29-30, 2015.



    • Rothschild was invited by Modesto Area Partners in Science (MAPS) to give a public lecture, Oct. 2, 2015.  MAPS has hosted monthly free community science presentations at Modesto Junior College for the past 24 years.

    For additional highlights, click here