Tag: Observing
  1. NSF NCAR C-130 landing in Kiruna, Sweden.

    Flying into the cold unknown

    Typically, pilots avoid flying where icing conditions can occur, but researchers are flying into extremely cold weather in order to study an Arctic phenomenon known as marine cold air outbreaks (CAOs). CAOs and the clouds they generate may have far-reaching climate impacts and scientists are hoping to understand more about the role they are playing in the rapid warming of the Arctic.

    • Climate

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  2. Scientists onboard the NASA DC-8

    NSF NCAR scientists participate in mission to measure air quality over Asia

    Scientists from the U.S. National Science Foundation National Center for Atmospheric Research (NSF NCAR) have begun a four-country deployment focused on obtaining airborne observations of air quality over some of Asia’s largest cities.

    • Air Quality

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  3. Biomass burning off the wing of a NASA aircraft.

    Northern tropical Africa not the significant carbon source satellite data suggests

    The forests and grasslands of northern tropical Africa take in about as much carbon dioxide in the wet season as they release in the dry season, according to a new study based on observations from aircraft. The findings contradict earlier research that relied on satellite data and found that these ecosystems may be adding significantly more carbon to the atmosphere than they absorb over the course of a year.

    • Air Quality,
    • Climate

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  4. A rendering of CMEx

    Shining light on a solar blindspot

    A proposal for a spacecraft that would take a fresh look at the Sun — enabling a never-before-seen view of our star’s magnetic field — has received $2 million in funding from NASA for further study.

    • Sun + Space Weather

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  5. Two rainbows over a row of flux towers in a field.

    When it comes to collecting data, nothing stops NCAR scientific teams

    The reappearance of a dormant lake was only the first challenge faced by an Earth Observing Laboratory field study. Researchers persevered to relocate the project and collect data that may lead to more accurate forecasting of severe weather events like tornadoes.

    • Weather

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