Saturday, April 19, 2014

Beneath the Clouds: Super Typhoon Haiyan Observed by AMSR2

By: Patrick C. Meyers

Infrared imagery of Super Typhoon Haiyan shows stunning symmetry (link: CIMSS Satellite Blog). Haiyan is categorized as an annular tropical cyclone, given its “donut” shape. Despite the uniform appearance from infrared imagery, observations from passive microwave sensors paint a more asymmetrical picture (inset). Microwave sensors, such as the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer 2 (AMSR2), are able to see through the upper cloud deck and identify regions of precipitation based

A New Eye to Monitor Global Aerosol Activities -- The New S-NPP VIIRS Aerosol Products

By: Jingfeng Huang

Atmospheric particles, also called aerosols, are strongly related to air pollution, human health, weather forecast, climate change, and even military deployment. Continuing the Moderate resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) heritage, the new Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP) Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) provides both the operational and scientific data user communities new enhanced capability in monitoring global aerosol activities.

The Suomi National

Sparkling Wines from Sussex? Climate Change Swirls Wine Production

By: Antonio Busalacchi

In the not too distant future, your favorite style of French wine may not come from its namesake region, or even from France at all. Climate change is altering growing conditions in wine-producing regions, and in coming decades it will change the wines produced in these regions — in some cases shifting northward the growth of grape varieties long associated with regions further south.

Climate change will produce winners and losers among wine-growing regions, and for every region it will

Announcing the CICS-MD Summer Initiative 2013

By: Scott Rudlosky

The Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites-Maryland (CICS-MD) at ESSIC has launched a summer program to provide training and outreach opportunities for both graduate (4) and undergraduate (8) students.

The CICS-MD Summer Initiative (CSI) pairs students with mentors to conduct original scientific research and help train future NOAA scientists. The 2013 CSI provides a framework that includes software tutorials, informal student presentations, weather/climate discussions, and

Global Flood Working Group

By: Robert Adler

With increasing observation and modelling capacity, scientists are now able to produce relevant information on flood disasters more rapidly and with sufficient accuracy and precision for a variety of humanitarian response tasks.  Several research groups across the world have set-up pre-operational or operational monitoring systems as an outcome of their research.

Since floods are complex phenomena that affect societies in many different ways, there is not one system that can completely meet

NASA Operation IceBridge: Notes from the Field (Arctic 2013)

By: Sinead L. Farrell


The NASA Operation IceBridge mission began the Arctic 2013 research campaign on Monday 20th March. The mission will survey the Greenland Ice Sheet and sea ice pack of the Arctic Ocean. The NASA IceBridge mission is now in its fifth year and continues to measure Arctic sea ice thickness and snow depth. These data continue the time series of ice thickness measurements begun with NASA's ICESat in 2003, and will provide a link to the NASA ICESat-2 mission, due for launch in

Ready, Set, Go! The Post-Doc Search is On

By: Elena A. Yegorova

So you’ve finished all your thesis research and got the final go-ahead from your advisor to look for a job? Or maybe you are a graduate student wondering what awaits you once you defend your thesis?

 The good news is that there is a sea of opportunities open to you with a Ph.D. in Atmospheric or Oceanic Sciences.  So where to start?  You definitely start with the people closest to you – your thesis advisors, graduated friends, friends of friends, etc. These are

Return to the North

By: Sinead L. Farrell

March 2012 sees us busily preparing for our annual spring aircraft deployment to the Arctic, to re-survey key parts of the polar regions. NASA's Operation IceBridge mission is an airborne survey dedicated to measuring the thickness of sea ice in the Arctic and Southern Oceans, as well as the ice mass-balance of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets. The IceBridge Mission bridges the gap between the ICESat satellite, which concluded its operations in late 2009, and the launch of the follow-on

The PAGES Ocean2k project

By: Michael Evans

Last summer, following the International Quaternary Association quadrennial meeting in Bern, Switzerland, I found myself a guest at a meeting of the Past Global Changes (PAGES) 2000-year (2K) Network. This group is charged with evaluating patterns and mechanisms of climate change, with foci on 8 terrestrial regions. Why, I asked, wasn't the global ocean represented in the 2K network? Well, as it turned out, the PAGES Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) had asked the exact same question, and the