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Earth Science Division Highlights for November 15, 2012

Operation Ice Bridge completes 2012 deployment in Antarctic

All NASA personnel and aircraft returned earlier this month from Punta Arenas, Chile and deployment for the Operation Ice Bridge (OIB) flights to monitor changes in the Antarctic ice.  This deployment met all objectives and completed 10 days ahead of schedule.   The NASA DC-8 accomplished sixteen flights, one more than originally scheduled.  The next deployment for OPIB will be to the Arctic in spring, 2013.

Alpha Jet completes its 70th science flight

The Alpha Jet Atmospheric eXperiment (AJAX) completed its 70th science flight on November 13 collecting CO2 and O3 observations over Railroad Valley Nevada and two new ozone monitoring sites in Nevada.  The ground level ozone monitoring sites include an ozone instrument on the ground established by University of Nevada Reno at at “Playa Base” in  Railroad Valley.   One more science flight of the Alpha Jet is planned for next week, weather permitting.  The platform will be down for maintenance in December.

ARC support for the INFLUX experiment continues

Ames support for the Indianapolis Flux Experiment (INFLUX) continues through November with on-going observations with the TCCON (Total Carbon Column Observing Network) instrument installed and operated by ARC staff at the INFLUX site.  The TCCON instrument will return to the West Coast in mid-December.

Projects awarded under Upper Atmospheric Composition ROSES solicitation

Paul Bui and Lenny Pfister (both SGG) received unofficial word from the project manager at NASA HQ (Ken Jucks) that their proposals to the Upper Atmospheric Composition element of the ROSES 2012 solicitation will be funded.

Proposals submitted to Ames CIF call

Staff from SGE submitted at least four proposals in response to the Ames Center Innovation Fund solicitation.  The proposals were from Lynn Rothschild (2) Friedemann Freund, and Vern Vanderbilt, and Chris Potter.

Last flight for the season for HS3

The NASA Global Hawk UAV AV-1 completed its first extended science mission November 5-6.  The flight, part of the Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel (HS3) Earth Venture Mission, took off from NASA Dryden at 1336 PST November 5 and landed at1530 PST the following day.  Data were collected from two weather systems overflown by AV-1 during a mission that extended farther west than the Hawaiian Islands and northward well into the Gulf of Alaska.  Marilyn Vasques, mission manager for HS3 from the Earth Science Projects Office at Ames, reported that the flight met allscience targets and buoy overflights, and all science instruments worked extremely well.  This mission was the last for the season for HS3 and the only science flight over the Pacific.  Previous HS3 flights this year originated from the NASA Wallops Island Flight Facility and flew over severe storm systems in the Atlantic.

NASA iGEM team scores well in international competition

The Brown - Stanford team managed by NASA ARC placed in the top 16 at the iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) international competition held November 3-4 in Cambridge, MA.  One hundred ninety teams and over three thousand participants from 34 countries world-wide took part in the competition. The teams goal was to specify, design, build, and test simple biological systems made from standard, interchangeable biological parts. The accomplishments of these student teams during one summer’s work was impressive.

EPA Region 9 visits Ames

About a dozen staff members from EPA Region 9 including the administrator, Jared Blumenfeld, visited Ames Wednesday, November 7.  The primary reason for the visit was to tour “Sustainability Base.”  The tour, led by Steve Zornetzer and Krisstina Wilmuth, highlighted the key features of the building and provided examples of building systems and work environments that EPA may wish to consider during the current renovation of Region 9 headquarters in San Francisco.  During the visit, management of the Earth Science Division discussed possible collaboration with EPA on science projects, especially regarding acquisition of greenhouse gas and other atmospheric data using the NASA instruments on the Alpha Jet.   EPA invited ARC staff to San Francisco for further discussion on collaborative work.

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