||Topic - New Weather and
Climate Tools for the 21st Century
New Weather and Climate Tools for the 21st Century
presented by Dr. Moustafa Chahine
JPL Senior Research Scientist & Science Team Leader,
Aqua Spacecraft Sounding System
If you wish to view a tape of this show; Please contact Sherri Rowe-Lopez at (818) 354-6170.
| Thursday, February 20
|| The von
Kármán Auditorium at JPL
4800 Oak Grove Drive
| Friday, February 21
|| The Vosloh
Forum at Pasadena City College
1570 East Colorado Blvd.
Both lectures begin at 7 p.m.
Admission is free. Seating is limited.
For more information, call (818) 354-0112.
After a decade
of preparation, the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) and its two companion
microwave sounders were launched in May 2002 on the NASA Aqua mission. Currently,
they are observing the Earth's weather and water cycle with unprecedented
detail. The AIRS sounding system measures atmospheric temperature and humidity
profiles worldwide and provides concurrent information on clouds, ozone and
other greenhouse gases. Compared to the only few thousand profiles of daily
weather balloons, AIRS can measure over 300,000 profiles a day. This new
data will yield considerable economic benefits through more accurate weather
forecasting and more reliable prediction of severe storm paths. AIRS will
also determine the effects of global warming on Earth's water cycle of evaporation
and rain and will demonstrate whether this cycle is accelerating, with implications
for floods, drought, and the management of fresh water resources.