NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, part of the Goddard Space Flight Center of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), is located at Broadway and 112th street (Armstrong Hall), adjacent to the Morningside campus. The Institute conducts theoretical and experimental research in astrophysics, planetary atmospheres, and climate. The planetary atmospheres program includes theoretical studies of structure, radiative transfer, and dynamics of the atmospheres of Mars, Venus, and the giant planets, and participation in experimental studies conducted from space probes. The climate program involves basic research on the nature of climate change and climatic processes, including the development of numerical climate models. The work is aimed at using space-acquired data in climate analysis and prediction, and understanding the paleoclimatic data collected by Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory in Palisades, New York.
Research at the Institute is carried out in collaboration with Columbia and other universities in the metropolitan area. Institute members hold faculty appointments, give courses, and supervise graduate research in fields related to the Institute program.
The Institute holds colloquia, scientific conferences, and summer training programs in which members of the University community participate. Opportunities for visiting scientists to conduct research are provided by a post-doctoral research associate program, administered by the National Academy of Sciences-National Research Council and supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.