BAER Staff, working with NASA’s Earth Science Project Office, have laid the groundwork for a series of pioneering flights over the Korean Peninsula as part of the Korea-U.S. Air Quality Experiment (KORUS-AQ). This study hopes to compare air quality models with data gathered from satellites, aircraft, and ground stations...
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The American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, the largest Earth and Space Science meeting in the world begins Sunday, December 13, 2015 in San Francisco, California. BAERI will be well represented, with our scientists involved in over 60 presentations.
Dr. Emma Yates of BAER has begun analyzing atmospheric data collected this spring and summer by the Alpha Jet Atmospheric eXperiment (AJAX). The AJAX project, which has supported NASA Earth Science objectives since 2011, measured ozone and greenhouse gas concentrations at varying altitudes over California and Nevada.
BAER Institute’s President, Dr. Robert Bergstrom, has received the Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Award from the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University. The award “recognizes alumni who have demonstrated excellence in industry, academia, governmental service, or other endeavors related to mechanical engineering or an affiliated profession.”
BAER’s Cecelia Chang recently returned from Houston where she participated in the "Volcano-plume Investigation Readiness and Gas-phase and Aerosol Sulfur" (VIRGAS) field experiment. The experiment primarily tested a new NOAA instrument designed to study sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions from volcanoes.
Dr. Sangram Ganguly of BAER was part of the faculty for a graduate course in Geomatics presented by Aalto University’s School of Engineering in Espoo, Finland. Dr. Ganguly’s lectures and practical assignments demonstrated how the NASA Earth Exchange (NEX) and OpenNEX, collaborative data and computer platforms designed to solve grand challenges in Earth sciences.
Announcing the first edition of FALL SCHOOL OF ASTROCHEMISTRY to be held at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California on 13-16th October 2015.
Steve Hipskind, Division Chief of Earth Sciences at NASA Ames Research Center, is retiring on July 31, 2015, after 27 years of service. Steve became the Division Chief in 2005 and has been instrumental in the Division’s success and growth over the last 10 years. A valued collaborator and colleague to BAER Institute, Steve oversaw and championed the work of many BAER Institute staff, especially young scientists.
NASA’s Kepler Science Team announced the discovery of planet Kepler 452-b. The team described the planet as “Earth’s bigger, older cousin,” and it is the first Earth-sized planet to be found in the habitable zone by the space borne telescope. The Kepler Mission, begun in 2009, is specifically designed to survey a portion of our region of the Milky Way galaxy to discover dozens of Earth-size planets in or near the habitable zone and determine how many of the billions of stars in our galaxy have such planets.
Dr. Darlene Lim, one of BAER’s most honored scientists, will host the first scientific meeting for a new NASA program to investigate the habitability of volcanic terrain on Mars. The June meeting at NASA Ames is the first gathering of the scientists involved in this NASA-sponsored study known as BASALT (Biologic Analog Science Associated with Lava Terrains), for which Dr. Lim is the Principal Investigator.