February 7, 2018

February 7, 2018

On Friday, February 2, 2018, the Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO) held its annual Peer Awards Ceremony, and three GESTAR scientists were recognized for their contributions. Dr. Oreste Reale (GESTAR/USRA) presented each scientist a certificate and individual monetary award. GESTAR congratulates them on their accomplishments.


Christoph Keller & Emma Knowland (both GESTAR/USRA) received a joint award for Scientific Achievement:

“For the successful development of the Composition Forecast System that is now capable of providing air quality forecasts in near-real time”.


Deepthi Achuthavarier (GESTAR/USRA) for Scientific Achievement:

“For her role in advancing the science of sub-seasonal prediction and for driving the GMAO’s involvement in SubX, the sub-seasonal version of the multi-institutional North American Multi-Model Ensemble (NMME) project”.


NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, in Greenbelt, Maryland, has been in operation for 50 years -- chartered on May 1, 1959. The Goddard Space Flight Center is a major U.S. laboratory for developing and operating unmanned scientific spacecraft. During the past 50-years, Goddard has been at the forefront in exploration, in technological achievement, in space science, and in studying the Earth as a system.


GESTAR conducts research collaboratively, mainly within NASA GSFC's Earth Sciences Division, but also with Solar Systems Exploration Division, Office of Education, and Office of Public Affairs. Scientists and staff at GESTAR, in collaboration with NASA and other investigators, conceive and develop new, space-based missions; provide mission requirements; conduct research that explains the behavior of Earth and other planetary systems; and create engaging media that tell NASA's story of exploration and discovery on Earth and beyond.


Universities Space Research Association (USRA) is an independent, nonprofit research corporation where the combined efforts of in-house talent and university-based expertise merge to advance space science and technology. USRA works across disciplines including biomedicine, astrophysics, and engineering and integrates those competencies into applications ranging from fundamental research to facility management and operations. USRA engages the creativity and authoritative expertise of the research community to develop and deliver sophisticated, forward-looking solutions to Federal agencies and other government sponsors.