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Earth Science at Ames


    Who We Are & What We Do


    Highlights for Sept. 21-25, 2015


    • The Alpha Jet Atmospheric eXperiment (AJAX) flew Flight 168 on Sept. 2, 2015 to re-sample the Rough Fire east of Fresno in the Sierra National Forest. This wildfire has consumed more than 142,000 acres to date. Ozone concentration from the emission is shown in the flight track below.
    Alpha Jet flight tracks over Rough Fire, CA, 090215


    • Modification Three to SAA2-402783, “Nonreminbursable Sapce Act Agreement between The National Aeronatuics and Space Administration Ames Research Center and Amazaon Web Services, Inc. for prototyping the use of the Amazon Cloud platform for the NASA Earth Exchange (NEX) geosciences community,” was signed off on 9/21/2015.  This represents an extension of the collaboration between the two parties in order to test the Amazon Public Data Program, support national climate assessment using the AWS cloud, and provide educational materials on the use of NASA data on this platform.  The extension will be in effect for eighteen months.


    • Forrest Melton (CSUMB) led the organization and planning for the 2015 International Workshop on Evapotranspiration Mapping for Water Security at the World Bank, Washington, DC, Sept. 14-18.  The event, sponsored by NASA and the World Bank, drew approximately 150 registered participants.  Melton and Lee Johnson (CSUMB) presented two talks and a poster at the workshop, focusing on the Satellite Irrigation Management Support project.  Project collaborators from Western Growers and E & J Gallo also attended and presented on benefits of using satellite-based estimates of evapotranspiration for irrigation management in California.


    • Melton was also invited to attend the Risky Business Project Climate Change and Big Data workshop in New York on Sept. 25.  The workshop brought together scientists and members of the business community who are concerned about climate change impacts on the U.S. economy. 


    • Eric Jensen gave an invited presentation “Formation of cirrus clouds near the Tropical Tropopause and their implications for stratospheric humidity and climate at the Comparative Climatology of Terrestrial Planets Conference at NASA Ames Sep. 8-11, 2015. He also chaired the Aerosols, Clouds, and Radiative Transfer II session and participated in the “Path Forward” panel discussion.


    • The Earth Venture Suborbital-2 (EVS-2) mission ObseRvations of Aerosols above Clouds and their intEractionS (ORACLES) held its first science team meeting at NASA Ames Research Center on Sep. 9-11, 2015. Dr. Ellen Stofan, NASA Chief Scientist, gave an opening remark for the meeting. Collaborators from the United Kingdom’s Clouds and Aerosol Radiative Impacts and Forcing: Year 2016 (CLARIFY) project, Department of Energy’s Layed Atlantic Smoke Interactions with Clouds (LASIC), South Africa’s AEROCLO project, and Namibia were also active participants.


    • SGG participation at the Ames 2015 Instrumentation Workshop on Sep. 16, 2015 included:
      • Roy R. Johnson, “Ground based calibration standard detector instrument for airborne sunphotometry”.
      • Jens Redemann, “Spectrometer for Sky-Scannin, Sun-Tracking Atmospheric Research (4STAR)”.


    • Saide, P. E., D. A. Peterson, A. da Silva, B. Anderson, L. D. Ziemba, G. Diskin, G. Sachse, J. Hair, C. Butler, M. Fenn, J. L. Jimenez, P. Campuzano-Jost, A. E. Perring, J. P. Schwarz, M. Z. Markovic, P. Russell, J. Redemann, Y. Shinozuka, D. G. Streets, F. Yan, J. Dibb, R. Yokelson, O. B. Toon, and E. Hyer (2015), Revealing important nocturnal and day-to-day variations in fire smoke emissions through a multiplatform inversion, Geophys. Res. Lett., 42, 3609-3618, doi: 10.1002/2015GL063737.


    • Basu, S., S Ganguly, S Mukhopadhyay, R DiBiano, M Karki, R Nemani (2015)
      DeepSat-A Learning framework for Satellite Imagery, arXiv preprint arXiv:1509.03602 2015



    • Hanwant Singh will present a talk entitled “A historical perspective on primary and possible secondary sources of atmospheric carbon tetrachloride” at the Stratosphere-troposphere Processes And their Role in Climate (SPARC) Workshop on “Solving the mystery of carbon tetrarchloride”, Zurich, Switzerland Oct. 5-6, 2015.


    • Eric Jensen will participate in the CALIPSO-CloudSat Science Team Meeting in Alexandria, VA, Oct. 26-28.


    • Laura Iraci will participate in the Orbiting Carbon Observatory 2 (OCO-2) Science Team Meeting in Pasadena, CA Nov. 4-6, 2015.






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