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Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (AGS) Discoveries

NSF's public investment in science, engineering, education and technology helps to create knowledge and sustain prosperity. Read here about the Internet, microbursts, Web browsers, extrasolar planets, and more... a panoply of discoveries and innovations that began with NSF support.

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snapshot from the Penn State University real-time hurricane analysis Today's forecast: Better forecasts
Stampede supercomputer helps researchers design and test improved hurricane forecasting system
Released  June 25, 2014
Allison Steiner Estimating how pollen particles in the atmosphere influence climate
Researchers study water cycle and cloud formation and design computer algorithm models to understand impact
Released  May 29, 2014
Image showing the sun's corona It's hot...super hot
Finding answers around the sun
Released  November 12, 2013
A sky with red sprites Is it a bird, a plane, a UFO? It's a...red sprite
Strange lights in the sky studied by atmospheric scientists
Released  August 26, 2013
Photo of sun radiating over highway filled with cars in traffic in Phoenix Summertime: Hot Time in the City
Parks are islands of coolness in cities' urban heat
Released  June 21, 2013
graphic illustration showing a tornado simulation Long-Term Federal Investments Improve Severe Weather Prediction
NSF supports world-class computational and observational facilities and research
Released  May 28, 2013
Graphic showing daughter Alfven wave Understanding How Space Turbulence Works
Researcher conducts supercomputer simulations to learn impacts on Earth's magnetic field
Released  April 15, 2013
Map of Antarctica Advances in Computational Research Transform Scientific Process and Discovery
NSF-supported supercomputers enhance union between technology and the human mind
Released  March 25, 2013
Woman cooking over an open fire Cooking Up Clean Air in Africa
Reducing air pollution and meningitis risk in Ghana
Released  January 3, 2013
Illustration showing Firefly, a mark-carton-sized satellite, gathering data on a gamma-ray burst. Tiny Firefly Satellite Set To Flash Straight Into Lightning and Thunderstorms
CubeSat will help solve mysteries of terrestrial gamma ray flashes, 1,000 times more powerful than northern lights
Released  July 19, 2012
Image of snow-covered Mount Washington, N.H. The Snows of Mount Washington
Climate and environmental change in the U.S. northeast corridor
Released  March 2, 2012
Image of the Doppler-on-Wheels. Dashing Through the Snow, in a One-truck Radar Dish
Scientists study mountain west snowstorms through the eye of the Doppler-on-Wheels
Released  December 6, 2011
Model simulation of carbon monoxide in the middle and upper troposphere in March-April 2010. A HIPPO Takes to the Skies to Taste Earth's Atmosphere
The HIAPER Pole-to-Pole Observation (HIPPO) project generated an extraordinarily detailed mapping of the global distribution of greenhouse gases, black carbon and related chemical species in the atmosphere
Released  October 25, 2011
Jim Kinter, director of the Center for Ocan-Land-Atmosphere Studies at George Mason University. Looking Ahead to Local Climate Models
Scientists at George Mason University's Center for Ocean-Land-Atmospheric Studies are working on more accurate climate predictions that will help us plan for the future
Released  July 14, 2011
Photo of an NSF-funded ISR radar in Resolute Bay, Nunavut, Canada. Tracking the Causes of Space-based Weather Disruptions
Scientists use innovative Radio Aurora Explorer satellite to discover conditions that cause disruptions in space-based communication and navigation signals
Released  March 16, 2011
Image of Joshua Wurman, director of the Center for Severe Weather Research. Eye-to-Eye With a Blizzard ...Tornado ... Hurricane
A day in the life of the Doppler-on-Wheels
Released  December 8, 2010
Photo of the Sun taken by the SOHO spacecraft. Scientists Listen to Song of the Sun
The sun is a very noisy place, generating an inferred multi-frequency song comparable to cathedral bells
Released  September 28, 2010
Image showing the annual mean aerosol optical depth for 2006. Pollution Speeds up Snow Melt in Europe, Asia
NSF-supported climate scientist Mark Flanner and colleagues find differences in the rates for spring warming and snow cover decline in Eurasia and North America, and are studying whether aerosols are a key factor
Released  April 30, 2010
Photo showing zebra stripes of dust and snow on the snow surface in Colorado mountains. Dust-on-Snow: On Spring Winds, Something Wicked This Way Comes
Earlier snowmelt, altered water supplies, result
Released  April 2, 2010
Image from a simulated interplanetary disturbance caused by an solar magnetic eruption (SME) Taking the "Surprise" out of Surprise Solar Storms
Scientists are learning to predict giant solar storms that could, at any time, hit the Earth and produce cascading catastrophes
Released  March 18, 2010
Photo of Peter Lawrence pointing to landcover changes on a computer screen. Scientists Tackle Climate Model Mystery
Researchers trace a problem with a key climate model to its hydrology scheme and find a simpler scheme keeps simulations in line with real-world observations
Released  June 19, 2009
Eight thumbnail images and 2008 in Review 2008: Year in Review
A look back at some of the NSF-supported advances and activities that made news last year
Released  March 13, 2009
Photo of the twisting road, Mauna Loa's lava fields and clouds. Water Plays Surprising Role in Climate Change
From Hawaii's Mauna Loa, climate scientists measure oxygen and hydrogen isotopes in water vapor to better understand changes in the water cycle
Released  February 6, 2009
Thermal infrared image of Brazilian free-tailed bats in Texas. 'Gone Bats' Over Aeroecology
New scientific discipline studies bats, birds and other animals in atmosphere closest to Earth's surface
Released  October 28, 2008
Scientists prepare to launch a balloon to test an emergency deflation system designed for the blimp. Scientist Keeps Ben Franklin's Legacy Alive
Adriana Bailey of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences interviews Yannick Meillier about using kites and aerodynamic blimps in his research
Released  April 18, 2008
Photo of NOAA hurricane research meteorologist Shirley Murillo Flying Into a Hurricane: A First-Hand Account
A NOAA research meteorologist shares what it's like to fly into the eye of a Category 5 hurricane
Released  March 27, 2008
2007 In Review 2007: Year in Review
A look back at some of the NSF-supported advances and activities reported last year
Released  January 30, 2008
Photo of rock with arrow pointing to "black mat" of algal growth Comet May Have Exploded Over North America 13,000 Years Ago
Caused wooly mammoth extinction, global cooling and end of early human Clovis culture
Released  August 14, 2007
2006 in Review 2006: Year in Review
A look back at some of the NSF-supported activities highlighted last year
Released  January 9, 2007
Photo of HIAPER aircraft in flight Nation's Most Advanced Research Aircraft Completes First Science Mission
Groundbreaking studies could lead to safer air travel
Released  July 12, 2006

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