Goddard Institute for Space Studies (NASA GISS)

A key objective of research at NASA GISS is prediction of atmospheric and climate changes in the 21st century. Further, we are working to understand the societal impacts of these changes. Our 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. 

GISS works cooperatively with area universities and research organizations, most notably with Columbia University. Many of our personnel are members of Columbia's Earth InstituteCenter for Climate Systems Research (CCSR), Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, or Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics. We also collaborate with researchers and educators at Columbia's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, the City College of New York, the American Museum of Natural HistoryStony Brook University, and elsewhere.