Wednesday, 16 January 2013
In researcher Clark Weaver's eyes, climate change information has been entirely focused on global increases, while disregarding regional and state trends.
With the help of Eugene Cordero, a meteorology professor at San Jose state, Weaver, an associate research scientist at ESSIC, created his self-funded site temperaturetrends.org, which focuses exclusively on temperature trends at local levels. Site visitors can see the actual temperature records from each of the 1200 weather stations
Friday, 31 August 2012
Sharing one’s work with colleagues can be a reward in itself. But for Dr. Junye Chen, having his work published in well-known science publications for others to use “into the future” is one of his most rewarding achievements.
Though Chen has already had many rewarding achievements, with a paper published in Science Magazine and more published in the Journal of Climate, he said his two in-preparation papers – which are a result of an on-going project – will make a dataset more useful
Friday, 10 August 2012
Growing up, Dr. Cezar Kongoli had strong interest in acting and writing, even into his college years. However, his strengths in physics and mathematics outlasted these talents and ended up shaping his career.
Today, he finds himself focusing on remote sensing observations of snow and ice as an assistant research scientist at ESSIC.
Because of his strengths in physics and mathematics, he was thrust onto a path towards his current career when his college, Tirana University in his native
Thursday, 26 July 2012
Most strive to work in a field for which we feel a strong passion. ESSIC Assistant Research Scientist Dr. Mathew Sapiano is fortunate to work in a field that combines not only one, but two of his passions, statistics and precipitation.
Growing up, Dr. Sapiano was not certain what he wanted to do for a career. He said, laughing, that when he was much younger he actually wanted to be in a band. In fact, for several years during his teenage years he played drums with several bands.
Wednesday, 20 June 2012
Between watching his son play baseball, gardening at home, playing golf and vacationing in the Outer Banks, Visiting Associate Research Scientist Ralph Ferraro spends a lot of time outdoors. He even deals with the outdoors every day in his work on remote sensing environmental satellites.
As chief of NOAA’s Satellite Climate Studies Branch, he works with ESSIC and the Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites to ensure that records of precipitation measurements are accurate so this
Wednesday, 06 June 2012
There’s a connection to planetary astronomy that takes one back to the beginnings of life, according to ESSIC Researcher Charon Birkett.
It was this connection to astronomy that prompted her to purse a formal education in the planetary sciences, eventually receiving her Ph.D from the University of Leicester, UK.
Friday, 25 May 2012
Dr. Maria Tzortziou, ESSIC assistant research scientist and research scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and a team of scientists cruised the Chesapeake Bay last summer, taking measurements from a research vessel to better understand water quality, carbon cycling, nutrient dynamics, biology and ecosystem health.
The team consisted of more than 20 scientists from NASA, NOAA and nine other research centers and universities from across the United States. Tzortziou, along with NASA
Wednesday, 15 February 2012
A closer look into James Farquhar’s scientific career path might suggest either a series of well-timed coincidences or some larger destiny. His interest in geology started in college, but wasn’t solidified until his parents happened to move to France.
“I stuck with it completely by chance,” Farquhar said about his degree in geology from Washington and Lee University.
“I was flying back and forth between France to visit my parents and I saw all of these features I had learned about,
Thursday, 02 February 2012
When choosing their careers, climate scientists have an advantage over those in many other professions: their work can be translated globally. Climate scientists all have the basic underlying connections of world climate patterns and phenomena, allowing them to travel, learn multiple languages and work closely with scientists from other countries.
For Dr. Hugo Berbery, these opportunities allowed him to travel from Argentina to the United States, where he’s spent his last 23 years. His