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The NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), at Columbia University in New York City, is a component laboratory of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Earth-Sun Exploration Division and a unit of The Earth Institute at Columbia University. Current research at GISS emphasizes a broad study of global climate change.

GISS was established in May 1961 by Robert Jastrow to do basic research in space sciences in support of Goddard programs. It was then called the Goddard Space Flight Center Institute for Space Studies but quickly became generally known as the Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

GISS is currently directed by James E. Hansen.



Climatologists Drew Shindell and Gavin Schmidt of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, New York, have received Scientific American magazine's Top 50 Scientist award[1] in November 2004.

Climate change research

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, derived mainly from spacecraft observations, with global models of atmospheric, land surface, and oceanic processes.

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 groups within the Earth Sciences Division, including the Laboratory for Atmospheres, Laboratory for Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences, and Earth Observing System science office.



  1. ^ Goddard Institute for Space Studies (November 9, 2004). NASA Climatologists Named in Scientific American Top 50 Scientists. Retrieved on 2008-09-25.
  2. ^ John Archibald Wheeler, Geons, Black Holes, and Quantum Foam: A Life in Physics (1998) p. 296

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Coordinates: 40°48′20″N 73°57′55″W / 40.80544°N 73.96536°W / 40.80544; -73.96536



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