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Visualization of temperature changes in the year 2099
09.27.13 – Climate Models Show Potential 21st Century Temperature, Precipitation Changes
New data visualizations from the NASA Center for Climate Simulation and NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio show how climate models used in the new report from the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimate possible temperature and precipitation pattern changes throughout the 21st century.
Visualization of modeled clouds over Europe
09.19.13 – Virtual Sky
Using a NASA supercomputer climate model called GEOS-5, scientists are able to simulate cloud movement over Europe and other parts of the world. Such models can help improve scientists' understanding of Earth's climate.
Artist's conception of exoplanet Kepler-62f
09.18.13 – What's Next for the Kepler Planet Hunter
Using the processing power of the Pleiades supercomputer, Kepler researchers are exploring new ways to analyze four years of collected data. The mission's continued search for Earth-size and smaller planets in the habitable zone around distant Sun-like stars is expected to yield many more discoveries in the years to come.
Visualization of temperatures on U.S. maps
09.10.13 – NASA Supercomputer Generates Closer Look at Future Climate Conditions in U.S.
Data from 800-meter-scale climate projections enabled by the NASA Earth Exchange and the NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) Facility is now available from the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS).
Illustration of Curiosity rover on Mars surface
09.10.13 – NASA's Seven-Minute Miracle, Revisited
Before NASA's Curiosity rover could begin its scientific mission on Mars, it first had to get there— with a little help from the agency's supercomputers.
Photo of computer screen showing fire data visualization
08.29.13 – Idaho State University, NASA Use New Satellite Imagery Program to Help Wildland Firefighters
With funding from NASA's Applied Sciences and High-End Computing Programs, the partners are using advanced cloud computing, web services, and data grid technologies to dramatically improve decision-making for fighting wildfires.
Photo of hyperwall-2 displaying world map
08.26.13 – NASA Visualizations Hit the Hyperwall
The hyperwall-2 at the NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) Division allows NASA scientists and engineers to study complex simulations run on the agency's most powerful supercomputer in meticulous detail. Powered by over 1,000 AMD Opteron cores and 128 NVIDIA GeFore GPUs, the system is directly connected to the Pleiades supercomputer's filesystem and can display, process, and share data among each of the 128 screens, allowing endless configurations for analyzing data.
Visualize of dust plume over globe
08.14.13 – NASA Tracks Chelyabinsk Meteor Plume
The explosion of the Chelyabinsk, Russia, meteor in February 2013 injected hundreds of tons of dust high in the atmosphere. Data from satellites and model simulations run at the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) show that four days after the explosion, the faster, higher portion of the plume had snaked its way entirely around the northern hemisphere.
Visualization of soil moisture on U.S. map
07.02.13 – Quantifying Improvements to Streamflow Forecasts Stemming from Improved Soil Moisture Observations
The Global Modeling and Assimilation Office has conducted simulations to quantify the positive impacts that the soil moisture information provided by the SMAP satellite will have on streamflow forecasts.
Atmospheric pattern at 500 mb for 7 PM CST 06/12/2013
06.21.13 – Forecasters Take a Look Back
A successful field campaign collecting meteorological and hydrological data almost always involves a forecasting element. The NASA Unified Weather Research and Forecasting (NU-WRF) model, which ran at the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS), greatly enhanced forecast accuracy for IFloodS.
Visualization of Hurricane Sandy winds
06.06.13 – Tracking a Superstorm
Running on the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) Discover supercomputer, NASA's GEOS-5 atmosphere model simulated the astonishing track and forceful winds of Hurricane Sandy.
Still of a galaxy from a supercomputer simulation
05.24.13 – Galaxies Fed by Funnels of Fuel
Supercomputers at NASA and the University of California, Irvine have helped reveal that galaxies bulk up in mass by feeding off cosmic swirly straws of gas.
Thumbnail of circuit board
05.17.13 - Quantum Computing Collaboration Announced
A quantum computer is being installed at the NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) facility as a result of a collaboration among NASA, the Universities Space Research Association (USRA), and Google. They are partnering to assess the potential of quantum computers to perform calculations that are difficult or impossible using conventional supercomputers.
Thumbnail of Kepler planets
05.14.13 – Optimized BLENDER Code Speeds Up Kepler Planet Analyses
Visualization experts in the NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) Division have improved the BLENDER software package used by the Kepler mission team to validate planet candidates, greatly shortening runtimes on the Pleiades supercomputer.
Artist's impression of planet Kepler-62f
04.28.13 – NASA's Kepler Seeks to Answer: Is Anybody Out There?
The question "Is anybody out there?" grows more tantalizing with the discovery of each new far-off planet. CBS News' Barry Petersen has been talking to scientists searching for clues.
map depicting change in northern vegetation growth over time
3.10.13 - Greenhouse Effect Shifts North's Growing Seasons
Vegetation growth at Earth's northern latitudes increasingly resembles lusher latitudes to the south, according to a NASA-funded study of satellite and model data.
Visualization of smoke and other aerosols on globe
03.07.13 – Planet on Fire
Combining observations from the MODIS instruments onboard NASA's Terra and Aqua satellites with the GEOS-5/GOCART atmosphere model reveals fire's global reach.
Visualization of aerosols over world map
2.27.13 – Simulating the Transport of Aerosols with GEOS-5
High-resolution GEOS-5 model simulations of tropospheric aerosols being transported around the globe have run at the NASA Center for Climate Simulation.
Visualization of polar vortex
1.30.13 - GEOS-5 Successfully Predicts Stratospheric Sudden Warming Event
Near-real-time meteorological analyses and weather forecasts with NASA's GEOS-5 model successfully predicted the major stratospheric sudden warming event of January 2013.
Surface temperature speeds from a 1/16-degree solution simulation
1.22.13 – Re-creating Earth's Oceans Inside a Supercomputer
Using complex computer models and the Pleiades supercomputer, scientists are taking a closer look at Earth's oceans and sea-ice to understand more about how they work and why they are changing.

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