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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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hills, plants and dry land in the southwestern U.S. Southwest sliding into a new normal: drier conditions
Weather patterns that bring rain becoming less frequent
Released  February 4, 2016
aerial view of NSF's Mo'orea Coral Reef Long-Term Ecological Research site NSF awards rapid response grants to study current El Niņo, one of the strongest on record
Awards address effects on coral reefs; connections between rainfall and landslides; and signatures of past El Niños in ice caps
Released  February 2, 2016
screenshot of website showing a snowflake and text let it snow the science of winter New NSF special report: Let It Snow! The Science of Winter
Report reveals inner worlds of snow and winter, and their importance to humans and ecosystems
Released  January 13, 2016
Oceans send plumes of sea spray into the atmosphere as waves hit a rocky coast Scientists discover that salty sea spray affects clouds
Aerosols have impact on cloud composition, duration
Released  December 21, 2015
The HOLODEC instrument  on a C-130 aircraft. Scientists use holography to peer into clouds
New way of seeing clouds enhances weather, climate predictions
Released  October 1, 2015
collage of images showing a forest, water and solar panels New, forward-thinking report addresses environmental research, education
NSF advisory committee offers recommendations spanning next decade
Released  September 16, 2015
Wildfire in a forest In year of U.S. wildfires, Nepal earthquake, NSF awards $27.5 million in hazards research grants
Scientists will study ways to predict and respond to hurricanes, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, wildfires, drought
Released  September 9, 2015
truck in front of a cloudy sky at night 10 things to know about thunderstorms that strike at night
For the latest information, NSF talks with three atmospheric scientists
Released  July 22, 2015
Trees Infectious disease ecology, forest biodiversity, urban ecology featured at upcoming conference
National Science Foundation-funded research findings presented at 2015 Ecological Society of America conference in August
Released  July 15, 2015
A  view of Bear Lake in Utah's Unitas Mountains Where does water go when it doesn't flow?
Study shows how much enters air from plants, soil, surface water
Released  July 9, 2015
lightining in a night time sky Scientists tackle mystery of thunderstorms that strike at night
Researchers will spend six weeks this summer probing nighttime thunderstorms on the Great Plains
Released  May 20, 2015
William Newman Earthquakes expose limits of scientific predictions
But math and science are refining ways to predict and limit impact of disasters
Released  May 7, 2015
photo of the aurora in green Springtime night lights: Finding the aurora
Aurorasaurus project allows aurora-viewers around the world to compare sightings
Released  March 31, 2015
Geologist Jeff Johnson working in the inner crater of Villarrica, an active volcano in Chile. Listen to the pulse of an erupting volcano: Chile's Villarrica
Scientists use infrasound instruments to record volcano's "circulation"
Released  March 13, 2015
two images of a snowflake Road safety through snowflake imaging
Technology that delivers incredible mid-air snowflake images may now help improve road safety
Released  March 2, 2015
Waves crashed ashore in Woods Hole, Mass., during a 1938 hurricane. Monster hurricanes struck U.S. Northeast during prehistoric periods of ocean warming
Scientists find clues in sediment deposits on Cape Cod
Released  February 11, 2015
DOW scientists Karen Kosiba and Traeger Meyer with radar truck Mission impossible? New England's snowstorm 'bomb' from inside a Doppler-on-Wheels
Trapped in gale-force winds for 24 hours, scientists got the data
Released  February 11, 2015
Flooded street and houses in Cedar Rapids, Iowa Scientists confirm that Midwest floods are more frequent
Floods happening more often over past half-century
Released  February 9, 2015
visualizations of data from a simulation of plasma turbulence in Earth's ionosphere A deep dive into plasma
Renowned physicist uses NSF-supported supercomputer and visualization resources to gain insight into plasma dynamic
Released  November 20, 2014
The NSF/NCAR C-130 aircraft outside a hangar Atmospheric scientists take to the skies to study Colorado Front Range ozone pollution
Results are applicable to metropolitan areas across the country, around the world
Released  July 15, 2014
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

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