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10.27.10 - NASA Models Earth's Fiery Past and Future
Over long time scales, research has shown that both the climate and humans have a profound effect on wildfire activity around the globe.
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10.14.10 - Carbon Dioxide Controls Earth's Temperature
A new atmosphere-ocean climate modeling study shows that the planet's temperature depends, ultimately, on the atmospheric level of carbon dioxide.
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08.20.10 - Thumbs Up or Down for Soot Mitigation?
The climatic effects of soot emissions depend greatly on its composition. The result of reducing emissions will vary depending on what sources are targeted, according to a Goddard Institute for Space Studies modeling study.
BRIP mission patch
08.16.10 - GMAO and NCCS Support 2010 GRIP Campaign
The 2010 Genesis and Rapid Intensification Processes (GRIP) experiment is a NASA aircraft-borne Earth science field experiment being conducted to better understand how tropical storms form and develop into major hurricanes. NASA's Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO), in conjunction with NCCS, is providing forecast support to aid GRIP flight planning.
Screen capture of video showing cyclone Nargis formation in 2008
07.21.10 - Supercomputer Reproduces a Cyclone's Birth, May Boost Forecasting
NASA's Pleiades supercomputer has helped develop a simulation of tropical cyclone Nargis, which devastated Myanmar in 2008. The result is the first model to replicate the formation of the tropical cyclone five days in advance.
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06.30.10 - Irrigation and 20th Century Climate
Modeling the effect of irrigation on temperature and precipitation over the past century points to the need to include it in future studies, especially where water resources are not sustainable.
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06.02.10 - NASA Center for Climate Simulation: Data Supporting Science
NASA climate simulations use and produce vast amounts of data, and the newly named NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) is expanding services to meet the agency's growing climate data needs.
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05.05.10 - NCCS Hosts Forecasts for NASA's GloPac Mission
NCCS hosted chemical forecasts for the Spring 2010 Global Hawk Pacific (GloPac) environmental science mission. Developed by NASA Goddard's Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO) and collaborators, the forecasts aided flight planning and data analysis in the field.
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04.28.10 - An Inside Look at the NAS Facility
NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) Division Chief Rupak Biswas gives CNET senior writer Daniel Terdiman an inside look at NASA's powerful Pleiades supercomputer used to support some of the agency's most challenging missions on Earth and in space.
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02.18.10 - Road Transportation Emerges as Key Driver of Warming in New Analysis from NASA
A new NASA study indicates that motor vehicles are the greatest contributor to atmospheric warming: They release greenhouse gases that promote warming, while emitting few aerosols that counteract it.

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