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Press conference and workshop on California drought kicks off NASA “Earth Right Now” activities
• The NASA Applied Sciences Program and the California Department of Water Resources held a joint press conference and workshop at the convention center in Sacramento February 25-26 to publicize and discuss ways in which NASA observations, modeling and computational capabilities are being used to support DWR water management needs during the current, unprecedented drought in the state. Forrest Melton (NASA/ARC/ARC-CREST), the program associates for the water resources element in the Applied Sciences Program and Stephanie Granger (JPL) worked very closely with DWR and NASA HQ to organize the presentations and the message for the press conference. The press conference was well attended by local and national press (via telecon) and several news stories emerged the following day. Jeanine Jones (CDWR), the coordinator for drought management within the agency, led the contingent from DWR at both events. She emphasized the benefit DWR had received to date from NASA research in better estimates of water supply and demand in California. Lawrence Friedl, program manager of the Applied Sciences Program, attended from DC and described the collaboration between NASA and DWR as a positive example of how NASA works to extend its science for greater societal benefit. Friedl also noted that NASA designated this year as the year of “Earth Right Now” because the agency will launch five systems for Earth observations from space by December 2014. The information from those systems (GPM, OCO2, ISS-RapidScat, ISS Cloud-Aerosol Transport System, and SMAP) will supplement and complement the observations from the existing 16 orbiting system and improve the range of Earth science information NASA can send to the science and applications communities. (Feb. 24)
ATTREX Science Flights over Western Pacific
• The Airborne Tropical Tropopause Experiment (ATTREX) completed its second science flight over the western Pacific on February 17. The flight of 18 hours was restricted to a zone within “line of sight” communications due to problems with the INMARSAT and Ku band telemetry systems, but good science data was obtained. The next flight of ATTREX has been postponed to Sunday, February 23 to allow time to receive and replace a failed engine bypass valve. The replacement part is being hand carried to Guam from Dryden. Because of the delays in science flights, the deployment has been extended to March 14. (Feb. 17)
• ATTREX is an Earth Venture Suborbital mission probing the transfer of water vapor across the tropopause and the impact of stratospheric water vapor on climate change. The mission is led by Dr. Eric Jensen of the Atmospheric Science Branch (SGG) at Ames. In lieu of the first science flight in this next to last deployment for ATTREX, the science team is studying the data collected during the transit of the Global Hawk from Dryden to Guam earlier this month. (Feb. 17)
• After two weeks of postponed flights, following the second science flight from Guam, caused by a succession of technical issues, most requiring the shipment of replacement parts from Dryden to be resolved, the third science flight of the Global Hawk for the Airborne Tropical Tropopause Experiment (ATTREX) mission, scheduled for February 27, was postponed by weather. The team will try again the weekend of March 1-2 (Feb. 24)
• ATTREX is an Earth Venture Suborbital mission probing the transfer of water vapor across the tropopause and the impact of stratospheric water vapor on climate change. The mission is led by Dr. Eric Jensen of the Atmospheric Science Branch (SGG) at Ames. (Feb. 24)
Latest publications and presentations from the Earth Science Division
• “Microclimate influences on vegetation water availability and net primary production in coastal ecosystems of Central California” by Chris Potter et al was accepted for publication in Landscape Ecology.
• Earth Observatory featured an image and story the California drought impact. The work was done at Ames using NEX and MODIS data. The image for most of the state (excluding the low desert region), “contrasts plant health from January 17 to February 1, 2014, against average conditions for the same period over the past decade.” The report included a quote from Rama Nemani explaning the image. The image and story were picked up by Yahoo News, Gizmodo and NBC. See http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=83124&eocn=home&eoci=iotd_grid
• “3ders.org” featured an article by Lynn Rothschild and Diana Gentry 3d printing of wood in space. The article was based on the NIAC funded project “Biomaterials out of thin air”. See http://www.3ders.org/articles/20140210-nasa-to-3d-print-wood-in-space.html
• Lynn Rothschild was a keynote speaker at the 28th Annual Phi Beta Kappa Asilomar Conference, February 16, 2014 to about 200 members of the Northern California branch. Her talk covered how synthetic biology can aid astrobiology. (Feb. 17)
• Lynn Rothschild was a keynote speaker at the Darwin Day celebration at Stanford University on February 18. Her talk to about 50 faculty, students and public, focused on how the search for life in the universe relies on Darwin’s theories. Dr. Rothschild led a seminar at the College of William and Mary on February 26 and is scheduled to speak at the Explorer’s Club of Northern California (San Francisco) February 28 on the topic – “Extremophiles, The Search for Life in the Universe.” (Feb.24)
• Sherry Palacios (NPP) attended the 2014 Ocean Sciences meeting in Hawaii February 23-28m and presented work on the HyspIRI Airborne Campaign. The paper, “Discriminating Phytoplankton Functional Types (PFTs) in the Coastal Ocean Using PHYDOTax” is an outgrowth of the OCEANIA project led by Liane Guild (NASA/ARC/SGE). Co-authors on the paper included Liane Guild and Raphael Kudela, Jennifer Broughton, and Christopher Schafer (UCSC). (Feb.24)
ARC Earth Science Division responds to call for proposals from Earth Science Technology Office (ESTO)
• Kim Hines (NASA/ARC/SG) led the division response to a solicitation “FY14 Quick Turnaround Call for ESTO QRS Proposals” issued by ESTO on February 4. In response to the NASA internal solicitation, ESTO offered to accept up to five proposals for consideration from Ames. These are very short proposals, no more than one page of technical explanation, to expend funds by the end of FY14. Division staff submitted 14 proposals for review by division management. The five selected by the division will be submitted to ESTO by Friday, February 28 (and will be described in the next week’s report.) (Feb.24)
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