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Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) 
Date of Last update : 2014.03.29 Rivision Request
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Location
NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, 2880 Broadway, New York, NY 10025 USA
Homepage
http://www.giss.nasa.gov/
Coordinating Country
United States
Hosting Organisations
Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS)
Contact Person
Dr. Emily Michaud
RI Category
Extreme Conditions Facilities
Keywords
global change, environment, planetary atmosphere
Description
Research at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) emphasizes a broad study of global change, which is an interdisciplinary initiative addressing natural and man-made changes in our environment that occur on various time scales ― from one-time forcings such as volcanic explosions, to seasonal and annual effects such as El Ni?o, and on up to the millennia of ice ages ― and that affect the habitability of our planet.

GISS is located at Columbia University in New York City. The institute is a laboratory in the Earth Sciences Division of NASA?s Goddard Space Flight Center and a unit of the Columbia University Earth Institute.
Application Area
A key objective of GISS research is prediction of atmospheric and climate changes in the 21st century. The research combines analysis of comprehensive global datasets with global models of atmospheric, land surface, and oceanic processes. Study of past climate change on Earth and of other planetary atmospheres serves as a useful tool in assessing our general understanding of the atmosphere and its evolution.

Program areas at GISS may be roughly divided into the categories of climate forcings, model development, Earth observations, radiation, atmospheric chemistry, climate impacts, paleoclimate, planetary atmospheres, and other disciplines. Due to their interconnections, most GISS personnel are engaged in research in several of these areas.

The perspective provided by space observations is crucial for monitoring global change and for providing data needed to develop an understanding of the Earth system. As the principal NASA center for Earth observations, Goddard Space Flight Center plays a leading role in global change research. Global change studies at GISS are coordinated with research at other offices and laboratories within the Earth Sciences Division.
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Research at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) emphasizes a broad study of global change, which is an interdisciplinary initiative addressing natural and man-made changes in our environment that occur on various time scales ― from one-time forcings such as volcanic explosions, to seasonal and annual effects such as El Nino, and on up to the millennia of ice ages ― and that affect the habitability of our planet.



GISS is located at Columbia University in New York City. The institute is a laboratory in the Earth Sciences Division of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and a unit of the Columbia University Earth Institute.