Dr. Gavin Schmidt is the Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), and the Principal Investigator for the GISS ModelE Earth System Model. Dr. Schmidt’s leadership and work is focused on understanding past, present and future climate, and the impacts of multiple drivers of climate change.
The NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies is a laboratory in the Earth Sciences Division (ESD) of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Goddard Space Flight Center, and is is focused on studying and understanding the structure of Earth, Moon, and other planetary bodies; the atmospheres of Earth and the other planets; the origin and evolution of the solar system; the properties of interplanetary plasma; Sun-Earth relations; and the structure and evolution of stars. The institute was sited in New York on the premise that conducting theoretical research in the space sciences would be facilitated by being near the leading universities in the greater metropolitan area.
The institute's early study of the Earth and planetary atmospheres using data collected by satellites, space probes, and space probes eventually led to GISS becoming a leading center of atmospheric modeling and of climate change. A key objective of NASA GISS work 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; climate model development; Earth observations; atmospheric radiation; atmospheric chemistry; climate impacts; planetary atmospheres, exoplanets, and astrobiology; paleoclimate; and other disciplines.
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