Weekly Report for the Week of December 17, 2007
Event Date: Monday, December 17, 2007
GSFC Laboratory for Atmospheres, Code 613
A new concept for airborne snow thickness measurements has recently been demonstrated and the results published in a paper by Tamas Várnai (613.2/UMBC), and R. F. Cahalan (613.2) in The Journal of Geophysical Research (J. Geophys. Res., 112, C12S90, doi:10.1029/2007JC004091. In thick snow photons can travel far, in thin snow they often escape through the bottom and get absorbed by the ground. This difference allows one to infer snow thickness by measuring the size of the bright halo that forms around an illuminated spot.Such measurements can help better understand snow and sea ice processes, and can also contribute to the validation of satellite measurements.These results indicate that off beam lidars have the potential to become an important component of future snow and sea ice observing systems.
Dr. S.K. Satheesh (613.2/ORAU), an NPP Senior Fellow and Associate Professor with the Indian Institute of Science, currently visiting the Climate & Radiation Branch, has won the Scopus® Award for Earth Sciences. The Second Young Indian Scientist Awards were presented at an event held in New Delhi on December 7, 2007.Scopus® is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality web sources with smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research.
Yoram J. Kaufman Unselfish Cooperation in Research Award
The American Geophysical Union (AGU) will be awarding a new annual award in Yoram Kaufman's name entitled the "Unselfish Cooperation in Research Award". AGU's announcement reads in part: "This award is named in honor of Yoram J. Kaufman, an outstanding atmospheric scientist, mentor, and creator of international collaborations who worked on atmospheric aerosols and their influence on the Earth's climate for his entire 30-year career.
Yoram was tragically killed in a bicycle accident just at the peak of his career at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. He grew in the 1990s to be a leading light in aerosol research, both as an author of many new theoretical ideas, and as a leader of field campaigns like SCAR-B. He also captained the first NASA Earth Observing System platform, Terra, as its Project Scientist. He advised and mentored a large number of students and junior scientists, and was known for his quick insight, great heart, deep wisdom, and outreach to national and international collaborators."