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Earth Science at Ames


    Who We Are & What We Do


    Highlights for Aug. 19, 2015


    • The Goddard Space Flight Center formaldehyde instrument named COmpact Formaldehyde Fluorescence Experiment (COFFEE) has arrived at Ames adding to the capabilities of the Alpha Jet Atmospheric eXperiment (AJAX). This instrument will under go the Ames Airworthiness Flight Safety Review and Flight Readiness Review in the next few weeks. Test flights are planned in September. Measurements of formaldehyde can be used to help quantify convective transport, the abundance of volatile organic compounds, pollution effects on cirrus formation, and HOx and ozone production. We can also validate space-based measurements from NASA Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI), European Space Agency TROPOspheric Monitoring Instrument (TROPOMI) and the planned NASA Tropospheric Emissions Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO) satellites.
    • During the week of Aug. 17, 2015 Jim Podolske is at Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC) to conduct the intercomparison of the Total Column Carbon Observing Network (TCCON) with the Caltech and Los Alamos National laboratory compact commercial Fourier Transform Spectrometers (Bruker EM27). Los Alamos National Laboratory also brought along a Picarro 4-channel greenhouse gas analyzer.
    • Kirk Knobelspiesse with assistance from Roy R. Johnson has deployed a Cimel polarization sensitive sun photometer on the roof of building N245 to serve the atmospheric science community. Part of the AERONET it is the only instrument in the San Francisco Bay Area providing regular sun photometer data. It already has captured the wildfire haze that engulfed the Bay Area over the weekend of Aug. 15-16. The AERONET (AErosol RObotic NETwork) program is a federation of ground-based remote sensing aerosol networks established by NASA and PHOTONS (PHOtométrie pour le Traitement Opérationnel de Normalisation Satellitaire; Univ. of Lille 1, CNES, and CNRS-INSU). The program provides a long-term, continuous and readily accessible public domain database of aerosol optical, microphysical and radiative properties for aerosol research and characterization, validation of satellite retrievals, and synergism with other databases.
    • Two summer interns from local high schools completed a study as part of the Environmental Science at Ames Sustainability Base (ESASB) activity under the direction of Christopher Potter (SGE).  Amog Kamsetty (Saint Francis HS) and Jessica Nguyen (Palo Alto HS) carried out field measurements from June to August and wrote a report titled “Water conservation plant landscaping: A comparison of water usage by turfgrass and California native drought-tolerant plants.”  The students measured soil moisture and leaf stomatal conductances in two different landscapes surrounding N232.  Results showed that significantly more irrigation water is required for the non-native turfgrass (per square meter per day) than for most of the native tree and shrub planted species around N232.  While the native plants require irrigation only once every several weeks, the turfgrass must be watered every 3 to 4 days to maintain growth.



    • James Podolske will participate in the 2015 California Climate Change Symposium in Sacramento, CA Aug. 24-25, 2015. 

    • Jens Redemann will participate in the Earth Venture Suborbital-2 (EVS-2) North Atlantic Aerosols and Marine Ecosystem Study (NAAMES) Science Team Meeting in Hampton, VA Aug. 25-27, 2015. 


    • Emma Yates will make a presentation at the NASA Early Career Science & Engineering Seminar on Aug. 27, 2015 at NASA Ames. Title of her talk is “Pulling results out of thin air: Four years of ozone and greenhouse gas measurements by the Alpha Jet Atmospheric eXperiment”. This is one of three talks selected by popular vote of the Ames community.


    • Laura Iraci and Robert Chatfield will participate in the Earth Science Decadal Survey Mission GEOstationary Coastal and Air Pollution Events (GEO-CAPE) Community Workshop in Research Triangle Park, NC Aug. 31-Sep. 2, 2015.


    • Eric Jensen will participate in the Comparative Climatology of Terrestrial Planets Conference at NASA Ames Sep. 8-11, 2015.
    • The Earth Venture Suborbital-2 (EVS-2) mission ObseRvations of Aerosols above Clouds and their intEractionS (ORACLES) will hold its first science team meeting at NASA Ames Sep. 9-11, 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, 2015.


    • 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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