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NASA Looks at Landslides, Lecture on August 11

slipperyslope (3)When we think of natural disasters, earthquakes, hurricanes, wildfires and floods often come to mind, but landslides are one of the most prevalent hazards that exist. NASA scientists study all of these, and the next speaker in our NASA/Goddard lecture series, Dalia Kirschbaum, specializes in the remote sensing and modeling of landslides. Dr. Kirschbaum will present a talk, “Finding the Slippery Slope: Detecting Landslides from Space,” on Tuesday, August 11th from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the West Dining Room on the sixth floor of the Library’s Madison Building.

Dr. Kirschbaum is a research physical scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and is an application scientist on the team for the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Mission. GPM is a network of satellites hosted by a consortium of international space agencies. With improved measurements of precipitation globally, the GPM mission seeks to advance the understanding of Earth’s water and energy cycle, improve forecasting of extreme events that cause natural hazards and disasters, and extend current capabilities in using accurate and timely information of precipitation to directly benefit society. GPM was initiated by NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), and its core observatory satellite was launched from Japan on February 27, 2014.

If you cannot make it to the program, it will be recorded for broadcast on the Library of Congress science webcast page and on its You Tube channel “Topics in Science” playlist in the coming months.

March 2016 Update: You can view a recording of this lecture via the Library’s webcast page or YouTube channel

This post was authored by science reference librarian Stephanie Marcus, who assists with the coordination of the NASA Goddard lectures series at the Library.

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