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A new NASA airborne field experiment planned for this summer will make key airborne measurements of clouds and smoke particles over the southeastern A...

NASA Ames' Science Director delivers 2015 State of the...

Dr. Michael D. Bicay, Director of the Science Directorate at NASA Ames Research Center held an all-hands meeting for Code S employees at the Syverston...

New NASA global data set to forecast future global temperature chages

NASA Releases Detailed Global Climate Change Projections

NASA Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan made an announcement Tuesday, about the work that the NEX team has done in partnership w/ the NAS (NASA Advanced Sup...

NASA Releases Detailed Global Climate Change Projections
Areas of disturbed forest and woodland cover in Santa Clara County.

Major changes in Forest and woodland vegetation cover in Santa...

  A new study published in the journal "Current Urban Studies" by NASA Ames scientist Christopher Potter has documented major changes in forest and...

Collage of Global Hawk photos taken during the 2014 mission. Image Credit:  NASA/ Brian Kelly and Erin Czech

HS3 Hurricane Mission Investigated Four Tropical Cyclones in...

NASA's Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel, or HS3, mission investigated four tropical cyclones in the 2014 Atlantic Ocean hurricane season: Cristobal...

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The DC-8 airborne laboratory is one of several NASA aircraft that will fly in support of five new investigations into how different aspects of the interconnected Earth system influence climate change.

NASA Airborne Campaigns Tackle Climate Questions from Africa to...

Five new NASA airborne field campaigns will take to the skies starting in 2015 to investigate how long-range air pollution, warming ocean waters, and ...

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3-D printed wing part for the FrankenEye aircraft.

It's Alive! Ames Engineers Harvest and Print Parts for New...

It's more an engineer's dream than nightmare - to rapidly prototype and redesign aircraft using 3-D printed parts. That's just what a team of student ...

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    Highlights for the weeks of Mar. 21-26 and Mar. 28-April 1, 2016





    • Rollins, A. W., T. D. Thornberry, R. S. Gao, S. Woods, R. P. Lawson, T. P. Bui, E. J. Jensen, and W. Fahey (2016), Observational constraints on the efficiency of dehydration mechanisms in the tropical tropopause layer, Geophys. Res. Lett., 43, doi:10.1002/2016GL067972.
    • Hamill, P., L. T. Iraci, E. L. Yates, W. Gore, T. P. Bui, T. Tanaka, and M. Loewenstein (2016), A new instrumented airborne platform for atmospheric research, Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 97, 3, 397-404, doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-14-00241.1.   It is the cover article for this issue.
    BAMS, 97 (3) cover


    • His Excellency Ron Dermer, Ambassador of the State of Israel to the United States of America, Mrs. Rhoda Dermer, Spouse, and Dr. Andy David, Consul General of Israel to the Pacific North West toured the NASA Advanced Supercomputing Facility for 20 minutes on March 28.  Dr. Bryan Biegel (NAS) and Dr. Jennifer Dungan (SGE) presented highlights from research conducted using NAS, including global ocean modeling and fallowed area mapping using Landsat and MODIS in California’s major agricultural valleys.  Mr. Dermer asked several questions about the work, including, can the same technology be used for mapping Israel’s agricultural areas?
    • On March 24 and 25th Forrest Melton hosted the Water Funders Initiative workshop at NASA Ames.  The meeting included participants from the Bechtel Foundation, George and Cynthia Wallace Foundation, the California Water Foundation, the State Water Resources Control Board, the California Almond Board, Google, Planet Labs and 20 NASA funded scientists.  The objective of the meeting is to develop a joint strategy for advancing operational applications of satellite mapping of evapotranspiration and agricultural water use to improve the management and sustainability of our water supplies across the western U.S.


    • Laura Iraci and Jim Podolske participated in the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 Science Team Meeting in Pasadena, CA, Mar. 21-23, 2016.


    • Dave Bubenheim presented a talk entitled, “Adaptive Management Methods to Protect the California Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Water Resource,” at the NCTS# 25090-16 Western Aquatic Plant Management Society Conference, San Diego, CA, March 21 - 23, 2016.   



    • Laura Iraci will participate at the Urban Greenhouse Gas Measurements Workshop, Gaithersburg, MD, Apr. 5-6, 2016.


    • Jens Redemann and Michal Segal-Rosenheimer (BAER) will participate at the International Radiation Symposium 2016, Auckland, New Zealand, Apr. 16-22, 2016


    1. Jens Redemann, “Aerosol-radiation-cloud interactions in the South-East Atlantic: Future suborbital activities to address knowledge gaps in satellite and model assessments”

    2.  Michal Segal-Rosenheimer, “Relative roles of atmospheric state and boundary layer clouds on Arctic cloud radiative forcing forecasts: The ARISE 2014 case study”



    • Code SGG members will participate at the European Geophysical Union conference, Vienna, Austria, Apr. 17-22, 2016:


    1. Eric Jensen, “On the importance of high frequency gravity waves for ice nucleation in the tropical tropopause layer”
    2. Josette Marrero, “Airborne in-situ measurements of formaldehyde over California: First results from the COFFEE instrument”
    3. Ju-Mee Ryoo, “New approach to characterize CO2 and CH4 emissions over Sacramento, California using an airborne aircraft measurement”


    • Code SGG members will participate in the 2016 SPARC Gravity Wave Symposium, Penn State University, State College, PA, May 16-20, 2016:
    1. Leonhard Pfister, “Small scale motions observed by aircraft in the Tropical Tropopause Layer – Convective and non-convective environments” (Poster)
    2. Eric Jensen, “The influence of atmospheric waves on cirrus cloud occurrence and microphysical properties” (Invited oral)


    • Code SGG members will participate in the ORACLES Science Team Meeting, Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA, Jun. 23-25, 2016.


    • Eric Jensen will make a presentation at the XVII International Conference on Clouds & Precipitation, Manchester, UK, Jul. 25-29, 2016.

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