The GMAO Research Site

The Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO) supports NASA's Earth Science mission. Activities in Earth System modeling and data assimilation aim to maximize the impact of satellite observations on analyses and predictions of the atmosphere, ocean, land and cryosphere.

Science Snapshots
2021 Greenland Ice Sheet Melt Events: A Variety Pack  thumbnail

2021 Greenland Ice Sheet Melt Events: A Variety Pack

The summer of 2021 is remarkable for a series of late-summer melt events that have covered large areas of the Greenland Ice Sheet, even extending to its highest point at Summit Station. These events have been captured in the GMAO Forward Processing (FP) analyses, and in routine numerical weather predictions produced from the GEOS forecast model.
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The Abnormally Hot June 2021 in the Western U.S.: A MERRA-2 perspective thumbnail

The Abnormally Hot June 2021 in the Western U.S.: A MERRA-2 perspective

An extreme heat wave occurred over much of the western US and southwestern Canada in late June 2021. We used daily and monthly near-surface temperature from MERRA-2 Reanalysis to compare the hot conditions of this year with the previous 40 years, particularly over the northwestern US that was severely affected.
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An Early Start to the North American Biomass Burning Season in 2021 thumbnail

An Early Start to the North American Biomass Burning Season in 2021

GEOS FP shows the long-distance pollutant transport from Western N. American wildfires in July 2021.
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A Dynamical View of the Record Heatwave of June 2021 in Western North America thumbnail

A Dynamical View of the Record Heatwave of June 2021 in Western North America

During the last week of June 2021, an unprecedented heat wave engulfed the US Pacific Northwest and adjacent province of British Columbia (BC), Canada. The dynamical nature of this major heat event was captured in the Goddard Earth Observing System (GEOS) analyses and forecasts, emphasizing the relationship between near-surface temperatures and the upper air circulation which displayed the so-called “omega block” pattern.
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