About the Earth Observatory


The Earth Observatory’s mission is to share with the public the images, stories, and discoveries about the environment, Earth systems, and climate that emerge from NASA research, including its satellite missions, in-the-field research, and models.


Kevin Ward (Science Systems and Applications, Inc.): team leader
Kathryn Hansen (Science Systems and Applications, Inc.): managing editor
Adam Voiland (Science Systems and Applications, Inc.): senior science writer
Emily Cassidy (Science Systems and Applications, Inc.): senior science writer
Lindsey Doermann (Science Systems and Applications, Inc.): science writer
Paul Przyborski (Science Systems and Applications, Inc.): programmer/dba/designer
Lauren Dauphin (Science Systems and Applications, Inc.): lead data visualizer
Wanmei Liang (Science Systems and Applications, Inc.): data visualizer
Michala Garrison (Science Systems and Applications, Inc.): data visualizer
Robert Levy (NASA): program manager

The Earth Observatory staff is supported by the Climate and Radiation Laboratory located at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.


Laura Rocchio, Ally Nussbaum, Ellie McGinty, Ginger Butcher, Michael Taylor, and the Landsat Science Outreach Team; Kate Ramsayer, NASA GSFC mission outreach; Diane Davies, Minnie Wong, and the Land, Atmosphere Near real-time Capability for EOS (LANCE) team; Cadan Cummings, Sara Schmidt, Francesca Filippone, Amber Turner, Minna Adel Rubio, Justin Wilkinson, and the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit at NASA’s Johnson Space Center; Jenny Marder, Katie Jepson, and the NASA Earth Science News Team; Autumn Burdick, NASA GLOBE; Tassia Owen, LAADS DAAC; Nyssa Rayne, Terra mission communications; Josh Blumenfeld and the NASA ESDS Communications Team; Mark SubbaRao and NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio; and Mike Carlowicz, NASA Headquarters; María-José Viñas Garcia and the Ciencia de la NASA team.

Science Advisory Board

Jim Acker (GSFC), Lin Chambers (LaRC), Santiago Gasso (GSFC), Dorothy Hall (GSFC), Ben Hamlington (JPL), George Huffman (GSFC), Jim Irons (GSFC), Ralph Kahn (GSFC), Jack Kaye (HQ), Dalia Kirschbaum (GSFC), Ron Kwok (JPL), Norman Kuring (GSFC), Robert Levy (GSFC), Norman Loeb (LaRC), Walt Meier (NSIDC), Paul Newman (GSFC), Claire Parkinson (GSFC), Mauri Pelto (Nichols College), Steve Platnick (GSFC), Lorraine Remer (UMBC-JCET), Ted Scambos (NSIDC), Colin Seftor (GSFC), Christopher Shuman (GSFC), Josh Willis (JPL).

Affiliations: Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), Ames Research Center (ARC), Langley Research Center (LaRC), Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), NASA Headquarters (HQ), National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC).


Michael Carlowicz, Joshua Stevens, Jesse Allen, Jeannie Allen, Kelly An, Jacqueline Anderson, Clare Averil, William Bandeen, Mike Bettwy, Jennifer Bohlander, Tom Bridgman, Stephen Cole, Melanie Flanagan, Ereni Gleason, Steve Graham, Charlotte Griner, Goran Halusa, Rachel Hauser, Mike Heney, David Herring, Tara Hess, Nina Hoffman, Marit Jentoft-Nilsen, Alex Kekesi, Hailey King, Holli Kohl, Annette Langley, Pola Lem, Rebecca Lindsey, Craig Mayhew, Alex McClung, Teresita Metzbower, Diane Musick, Laura Naranjo, Dave Olsen, Kasha Patel, Lori Perkins, Jessica Phelan, Sara Pratt, Krishna Ramanujan, Jeff Schmaltz, Laurie Schmidt, Barbara Schoeberl, Michon Scott, Greg Shirah, Robert Simmon, Dan Singhal, Stuart Snodgrass, Will Stefanov, Reto Stöckli, Andi Brinn Thomas, Vanessa Thomas, Donald Walker, Alan Ward, John Weier, Robin Williams


2014 NASA Group Achievement Award
Webby Awards People's Voice Winner (2008)
Webby Awards People's Voice Winner (2007)
Webby Awards Winner (2003)
Webby Awards People's Voice Winner (2003)
Webby Awards People's Voice Winner (2002)
Scientific American Sci-Tech Web Award (2002)
2001 NASA Group Achievement Award
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2001 Goddard Public Service Group Achievement Award
STC Best of Show 1999
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Popular Science 50 Best of the Web
Study Web Academic Excellence Award
Internet Scout Project Science and Engineering Selection
GovSpot Site of the Week
N.A.A. Astronomy Site of the Week