Western Region Space Grant Conference-Reno September 19, 2009. Program Objectives. Satellite Calibration and Validation Provide platforms to enable essential calibration measurements for the Earth observing satellites, and the validation of data retrieval algorithms. New Sensor Development
Western Region Space Grant Conference-Reno
September 19, 2009
Satellite Calibration and Validation
Provide platforms to enable essential calibration measurements
for the Earth observing satellites, and the validation of
data retrieval algorithms.
New Sensor Development
Provide sub-orbital flight opportunities to test and refine new
instrument technologies/algorithms, and reduce risk prior to
committing sensors for launch into space.
Obtain high-resolution temporal and spatial measurements
of complex local processes, which can be coupled to global
satellite observations for a better understanding of the
complete Earth system.
Development of Next-Generation Scientists and Engineers
Foster the development of our future workforce with the hands-on
involvement of graduate students, and young scientists/engineers in
all aspects of ongoing Earth science investigations.
Airborne Science Program
NASA-NSERC StudentAirborne Research Program(SARP)
29 Students, diverse in many respects
UC Irvine: Don Blake, Sherwood Rowland (chemistry)
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute: John Ryan (oceanography)
UC Davis: Susan Ustin (agriculture)
Florida State U: Henry Fuelberg (meteorology)
U Iowa: Greg Carmichael (modeling)
NASA: Jeff Myers, Andy Roberts, Jack Kaye, Brenda Mulac, Marilyn Vasques, Ken Jucks, Jim Crawford, Barbara Schoeberl
Learning from each other
(Nobel Prize notwithstanding)
Crucial Strengths of SARP
Fully committed to students
Guidance, not spoon-feeding
ET from ground data
Students’ Conclusions, ET
MASTER Enhanced image (Square root: linear 2%)
Hypothesis rejected: inconsistency in scaling between model and observed features.
Unlikely cause: inconsistency in orientation of observed features.
No significant difference in between features.
No definitive cause of features. Apparently wind-driven, possibly linked to supercritical atmospheric waves.
Features not exclusively an atmospheric phenomenon.
(SJV Air Pollution Control District, Aug. 2005)
Silage piles contributing oxygenates to Central Valley Air Basin
Methanol and ethanol concentrations from dairy perimeter consistent with concentrations in boundary layer.
Grid study shows existence of even higher emissions than our case study’s.
Airborne Research Experiences for Educators (AREE) - An airborne research and curriculum development experience for 10 (ten) middle and high school educators using the NASA DC-8 aircraft
who specialize in Science, Technology, Engineering, or
Math (STEM) disciplines
Fullerton, NSERC, Johnson Space Center, UC Irvine and
AREE educator home locations by state
and NASA-related careers through AREE curriculum
to achieve in math and science through inquiry-
based investigations of NASA airborne research
Students and educators participated in airborne research aboard the NASA DC-8 aircraft
Using NASA Airborne Science Program (ASP) Flight platforms to provide K-12 educators with the skills and knowledge to attract and retain students in STEM disciplines.
Airborne Research Experiences for Educators (AREE)
An airborne research and curriculum development experience for 10 (ten)
middle and high school educators using the NASA DC-8 aircraft
Thermal Infrared image
NASA AREE-related curriculum will engage ~1500 middle and high school students across the country in Earth system sciences in its inaugural year
Images collected from the MASTER instrument during the DC-8 SARP-AREE flight Wednesday July 22, 2009
DC -8 Flight Path
The MASTER instrument was used to collect remote sensing data of algal blooms at Monterey Bay , CA from ~37,000 ft. AGL
MASTER (MODIS/ASTER) instrument
Visible Near Infrared image
Investigationsinvites students to engage in inquiry-based activities.
Find Out More invites students to review related NASA resources.
Images will engage K-12 students in the differences between visible and infrared spectral bands in the electromagnetic spectrum.
NASA DC-8 aircraft flying above Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in California
Airborne Research Experiences for Educators (AREE) Educators participated in an airborne and ground research campaign to learn how NASA uses airborne research to study Earth system science. Educators incorporated these concepts into their middle and high school curriculum
Atmospheric science team
Educators collected in situ dairy farm gas emissions over the Central Valley via the Whole Air Sampler from ~1000 ft. AGL
Air samples were analyzed in the laboratory and the results were incorporated into middle and high school curriculum modules
Algal Bloom team
Rachael Fein (far left) will simulate airborne and ground data collection to her 9th and 10th grade mathematics and robotics students using LEGO robots
Crop Classification team
Educators participated in collecting in situ data from a boat in Monterey Bay, CA for algal bloom research.
Crop Classification team
The MASTER instrument was used to measure evapotranspiration of crops (i.e. cotton fields and almond orchards) from ~13,000 ft AGL
Based on his airborne and ground research experience, educator Terry Nickerson incorporated the concepts of remote sensing and color to study vegetation into his Earth Science and Biology high school curriculum
Maps, Aerial Photography, and Satellite Imagery
Catherine M. LockwoodLawrence R. Handley Nathan Handley
Chadron State CollegeUSGS National Wetlands IT Consultant
Chadron, NebraskaResearch Center Lafayette, Louisiana
To teach basic map skills and imagery interpretation using Wetlands as the focal point.
To introduce multiple maps and
images to educators.
Program Facts 1996-2008
Sites in 16 states, the District of Columbia, Costa Rica and Panama
Total Training Sessions: 157
Total Participants: 3,828
Average per session: 24.50
Workshops and Participants1996-2008