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Visualization of Hurricane Katrina simulation
05.25.16 - NASA Scientists Explain the Art of Creating Digital Hurricanes
At NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center a team of scientists spends its days incorporating millions of atmospheric observations, sophisticated graphic tools and lines of computer code to create computer models simulating the weather and climate conditions responsible for hurricanes.
Visualizations of global carbon and climate interactions
5.24.16 - GEOS-5 Science Snapshots (Updated)
NASA's Global Modeling and Assimilation Office has made advances with its Goddard Earth Observing System Model Version 5 (GEOS-5) as varied as studying warming in the stratosphere and Arctic and creating a Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Level 4 product for studying global carbon, all using the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS).
Visualization of gravitational waves emitted by two black holes as they spiral together and merge
04.18.16 – NASA's Fermi Telescope Poised to Pin Down Gravitational Wave Sources
A fascinating video developed by NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) Division visualization experts shows gravitational waves emitted by two black holes as they spiral together and merge. Goddard Space Flight Center scientists used the NAS Pleiades supercomputer to simulate the first-ever detection of gravitational waves, announced on February 11 by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO).
Visualization of a contra-rotating, open-rotor simulation created using the Launch Ascent and Vehicle Aerodynamics (LAVA) software framework
04.12.16 - Tooling Up for Cleaner Skies, Quieter Aircraft
High-performance computers and simulation tools are key to helping NASA and industry design new propulsion systems that will result in cleaner, quieter aircraft.
Photo of Hal Domchick
04.07.16 - Hal Domchick: From Data Technician to Facilities Mastermind
Over his 47-year NASA career Domchick took a hands-on and precise approach to managing facilities for organizations including the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS).
Photo of Lesley Ott at hyperwall
03.23.16 - Lesley Ott - Knows Where Your CO2 Goes
The NASA Global Modeling and Assimilation Office meteorologist uses models of the atmosphere, land, and ocean to try to understand how carbon moves through the Earth’s system.
Visualization of the polar vortex in the troposphere (red) and the stratosphere (blue) distorted over North America as an outbreak of cold surface air (cyan) moved south over the eastern side of the USA
2.28.16 - Tropospheric and Stratospheric Circulation Changes Related to the Cold Outbreak Over the Eastern US During the Week of 8-14 February 2016
The Global Modeling and Assimilation Office 10-day global forecast system, which runs at the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS), captured relocations of the tropospheric jet stream and the stratospheric polar vortex.
Visualization of sea surface temperatures in Pacific Ocean near South America
2.25.16 - NASA Sees a Different Kind of El Niño
A new NASA visualization shows the 2015 El Niño unfolding in the Pacific Ocean, as sea surface temperatures create different patterns than seen in the 1997-1998 El Niño. Computer models are one tool that NASA scientists are using to study this large event.
Visualization of Hurricane David wind and sea level pressure
02.17.16 - MERRA-2 Science Snapshots
The MERRA-2 reanalysis, which runs at the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS), is improving representation of past extreme precipitation events and hurricanes.
MODIS image of W African cloud cover
02.17.16 - Improving Global Model Precipitation Patterns by Downscaling
The inability of global climate models to match the timing or placement of short-term or regional precipation patterns such as the West African monsoon may be alleviated by "downscaling" to use smaller scale climate models with increased area resolution, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies research shows.
Photo of Pleiades supercomputer racks
02.11.16 – Scientific Computing World Outlines the Challenges in Upgrading NASA’s Most Powerful Supercomputer
NAS Advanced Computing Branch Chief William Thigpen talks with Scientific Computing World magazine about the complicated business of upgrading legacy supercomputing systems, including the unique requirements and approaches required to test and evaluate new hardware for NASA’s leading supercomputing facility.
Cover of NASA Tech Briefs, January 2016
02.04.16 - NASA Tech Briefs: Supercomputers Help NASA Understand Booster Separation
Thousands of high-fidelity simulations, run on the Pleiades supercomputer, are helping NASA design engineers understand how aerodynamic forces will affect the path of the Space Launch System's solid rocket boosters away from the core stage during separation
A simulated view from NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) spacecraft
1.27.16 - A Stellar Collaboration: Supercomputing and NASA's IRIS Observatory
Bringing together observations made by NASA's IRIS spacecraft with simulations run on NASA's Pleiades supercomputer, scientists are studying the Sun's atmosphere more closely than ever before.
Visualization of blizzard from GEOS-5 simulation
01.22.16 - NASA's GEOS-5 Provides a Satellite View of Historic Winter Storm
The NASA GEOS-5 atmospheric data assimilation system follows an historic winter storm as it approaches the mid-Atlantic January 22–24, where it is expected to produce a wide swath of more than 2 feet of snow. GEOS-5 runs at the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS).

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