In the Chesapeake Bay Quarterly, published by the Maryland Sea Grant program a recent article discusses seal level rise due to the melting of ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica. Antarctica is, in many ways, the king of the cryosphere. Greenland is melting at a faster rate, but the southern continent holds a lot more ice, says Christopher Shuman, a geoscientist at the Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology, a collaboration between the University of Maryland Baltimore County and the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. In total, there’s enough ice on Antarctica to raise the world’s oceans by more than… Continue Reading From Antarctica to the Chesapeake
The award from the NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden, was presented to our team Larrabee Strow, Scott Hannon, Sergio De-Souza Machado, Howard Motteler, and Breno Imbiriba at the AIRS Science Team Meeting last week in Greenbelt, MD. Read more about the award.
Dr. Belay Demoz has been appointed as Professor in the Department of Physics and Director of the Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology (JCET), a cooperative center between UMBC and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). Dr. Demoz’s appointment will be effective August 1, 2014. Dr. Demoz joins the UMBC community from Howard University where he held the position of Professor of Physics and Atmospheric Science. Prior to his appointment at Howard University, he served as a Physical Scientist at NASA GSFC from 2002 to 2008. Between 1998 and 2002 he held the position of Research Assistant Professor at UMBC… Continue Reading Dr. Belay Demoz Appointed Director of UMBC’s Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology (JCET)
The Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology, a partnership between UMBC and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, recently sent research scientist Glenn Wolfe to Guam. The Baltimore Sun reports that Wolfe will be joining a team of international researchers who are studying how the western Pacific Ocean shapes the Earth’s climate. Wolfe will focus on measuring formaldehyde to gather data on how gases move upward and alter the atmosphere. Wolfe told The Baltimore Sun that, “This is a new frontier for atmospheric chemistry, and we are excited to see what’s out there.”
NASA and UMBC issued a joint press release August 2nd announcing the first measurement-based estimate of the amount and composition of tiny airborne particles that arrive in the air over North America each year. Co-authored by Lorraine Remer, senior research scientist and Tianle Yuan, research associate in the climate and radiation laboratory of UMBC’s Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology (JCET), along with NASA and University of Maryland, College park scientists the study determined that it was dust and not pollution which constituted the main ingredient in small airborne particles which arrive in the air over North America every year. The results published… Continue Reading Lorraine Remer, Tianle Yuan JCET, Co-Authors Study on Foreign Aerosol Imports
The Economist recently spoke with Leonid Yurganov, senior research scientist for the Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology (JCET), among other scientists for a special report entitled “Uncovering an ocean,” detailing the melting of ice in the Arctic region. Yurganov weighed in on the issue of permafrost covered in the article, saying that “there are a lot of white spots in our knowledge,” when it comes to the matter. This is characterized in the report as “extraordinary” given the possible dangers of permafrost thaw due to climate change, as methane hydrates which are contained in permafrost are 25 times more… Continue Reading Leonid Yurganov, JCET, in the Economist
Marko H. Bulmer is the Director of the Geophysical Flow Observatory, JCET at UMBC. On January 4, 2012, I traveled to Haiti to join the Brazilian Military Contingent contributing to the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) mission. The purpose of the trip was to identify lessons from the United Nations Mission relevant to humanitarian emergency response and the use of Military and Civil defense assets to support United Nations humanitarian activities in complex emergencies. First, a little background, a series of major earthquakes struck Haiti on 12 January 2010 in the area around the capital, Port-au-Prince. The strongest… Continue Reading Two Years After the 2010 Haitian Earthquake: Observations by a member of JCET Faculty