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610AT Weekly Report – Week Ending 1/25/2013

Event Date: Friday, January 25, 2013

Noteworthy Science Achievements/Awards
The 613 Climate & Radiation Laboratory Annual Awards Ceremony was held on January 18, 2013.  Awardees included:  

Special Award for An Act of Exceptional Merit, Beyond the Call of Duty:
The Earth Observatory Team (Kevin Ward, Michael Carlowicz, Robert Simmon, Jesse Allen, Michon Scott, Paul Przyborski, and Adam Voiland)

Outstanding Scientific Support:Luke Ellison (SSAI)

Outstanding Technical Support:  James Limbacher (SSAI)

Outstanding Technical and Science Support:  
Leigh Munchak (SSAI)

Best First Authored Paper:
 Weidong Yang (USRA-GESTAR)

Outstanding Science Support/Achievement:
 Yan Zhang (USRA-MSU)

Outstanding Administrative Support:  a special award was presented to Theodore Jackson (ADNET/Code 612).
Noteworthy Personnel Awards and Staff Changes
On January 22, PODEX completed its first full-length mission with 3 functioning polarimeters in close coordination with DISCOVER-AQ (Earth Venture-1 mission). Ten data legs were flown over the San Joaquin Valley where aerosol pollution was moderate (code orange for PM2.5 with aerosol optical depth was in the 0.1 - 0.3 range) in the presence of generally thin cirrus.  This is a challenging case for the polarimeter teams.  The experiment will now focus on acquiring specific test cases to support algorithm development, i.e., ocean stratocumulus without other clouds, clear ocean without clouds, cirrus over ocean without other clouds, and 2 more days of aerosols in the San Joaquin Valley.
The Airborne Compact Atmospheric Mapper (ACAM) team successfully integrated and flight tested the instrument at NASA Langley. Team members are currently traveling to California to support January to February flight operations during the upcoming DISCOVER AQ field campaign in the San Joaqin Valley. Matthew Kowalewski.
Preparations of an in-situ sulfur dioxide sensor package were completed for integration and flight on NASA's DragonEye small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS). The DragonEye is a military surplus platform with electric propulsion, and several will be operated by an Ames Research Center team in support of field activities at Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica (Pieri, et al). The instrument package was completed by Ted Miles (569), and weighs approximately one half pound, including instrument power and data system. This package represents a first step in developing small instrument systems for these platforms, which are potentially suitable for a wide variety of in-situ measurements.
Significant Planned Events
External Interactions (HQ, universities, other Gov't organizations, etc.
Highlights of Inter-Directorate Teaming
Noteworthy Talks/Presentations
Daniel Klaus, PhD student, Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, presented a special Climate & Radiation Laboratory seminar entitled, Evaluation of simulated Arctic cloud cover and PBL heights with satellite observations, January 16, 2013.

David Harding, NASA/GSFC, Laboratory for Planetary Geodynamics, presented a Climate & Radiation Laboratory seminar entitled, Polarimetric, two-color, airborne lidar observations of the Earth's surface: a pathfinder for ICESat-2, January 16, 2013.

The Suomi-NPP Science Team Meeting was held at the JPSS Auditorium, January 22-25, 2013.
Cynthia Randles presented the following poster at the AMS Annual Meeting in Austin January 6-10, 2013, "A new approach to improving estimates of the direct and semi-direct effects of biomass burning aerosol: The NASA GEOS-5 Incremental Analysis Update (IAU),"
C.A. Randles, Peter R. Colarco, and Arlindo da Silva.
Yang, Y., A. Marshak, S. Palm, Z. Wang, C. Schaaf, 2013: Assessment of Cloud Screening with Apparent Surface Reflectance in Support of the ICESat-2 Mission. IEEE Trans. Geos. Remote Sens., 51(2), 1037-1045, doi: 10.1109/TGRS.2012.2204066.

Tsay, S.C. (613), N.C. Hsu (613), W.K.-M. Lau (610), C. Li, P.M. Gabriel, Q. Ji, B.N. Holben, E.J. Welton, A.X Nguyen, S. Janjai, N-H. Lin, J.S. Reid, J. Boonjawat, S.G. Howell, B.J. Huebert, J.S. Fu, R.A. Hansell, A.M. Sayer, R. Gautam, S-H. Wang, C.S. Goodloe, L.R. Miko, P.K. Shu, A.M. Loftus, J. Huang, J.Y. Kim, M.-J. Jeong, P. Pantina, 2013:  From BASE-ASIA toward 7-SEAS: A satellite-surface perspective of boreal spring biomass-burning aerosols and clouds in Southeast Asia, Atmospheric Environment, 2013, doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2012.12.013 [available online].

Wilson, M.J. and L. Oreopoulos (613) 2013: Enhancing a Simple MODIS Cloud Mask Algorithm for the Landsat Data Continuity Mission, Vol. 51(2), IEEE Trans. Geosc. Rem. Sens., 723-730, 2013.

Huang, X., J. N.S. Cole, F. He, G. L. Potter, L. Oreopoulos (613), D. Lee (USRA/613), M. Suarez, N.G. Loeb, 2013: Longwave Band-By-Band Cloud Radiative Effect and Its Application in GCM Evaluation. J. Climate, 26, 450–467.

Sud, Y. C. (613/Emeritus), D. Lee (USRA/613), L. Oreopoulos (613), D. Barahona, A. Nenes, M.J. Suarez, 2013: Performance of McRAS-AC in the GEOS-5 AGCM: aerosol-cloud-microphysics, precipitation, cloud radiative effects, and circulation, Geosci. Model Dev., 6, 57-79, doi:10.5194/gmd-6-57-2013.
Major events in the coming week
Education and Outreach
Nickolay Krotkov spoke to the NASA disaster efforts through the NASA booth at the NCSE conference on disasters starts on Tuesday, January 15 at the Reagan Building in DC.  
Issues and Concerns
Status of any Major Actions

Posted or updated: Thursday, January 24, 2013

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