UMBC dedicates new Earth and Space Institute, building on decades of NASA collaboration

NASA has served as “a role model and inspirational force,” that has led people to reach for the stars for generations, shares Dean Bill LaCourse. “The Earth and Space Institute is our opportunity to reach for new heights,” he says. “To take that chance in the name of science, commitment, passion, and basic human curiosity.” Continue reading UMBC dedicates new Earth and Space Institute, building on decades of NASA collaboration

Belay Demoz, director of JCET and leading climate scientist, elected as a fellow of the American Meteorological Society

Belay Demoz enjoys directing JCET because of its dual educational and scientific focus. “I’ve always believed in the goal of JCET to connect scientists and students,” he shares, noting that it’s been especially important to him to increase these opportunities for students from underrepresented groups. Continue reading Belay Demoz, director of JCET and leading climate scientist, elected as a fellow of the American Meteorological Society

CRESST II space science consortium to receive $87.5 million from NASA Goddard

“This grant—and the important partnership it represents—will enable us to continue research that advances science and benefits our state and beyond,” says President Freeman Hrabowski. “Moreover, it will create opportunities for students to prepare for careers by working alongside world-class experts.” Continue reading CRESST II space science consortium to receive $87.5 million from NASA Goddard

UMBC’s Huemmrich uses NASA satellite to measure effects of climate change on evergreen forests

Will longer growing seasons help slow climate change, or will increased drought speed it up? New research demonstrates a remote-sensing technique has the potential to help us figure that out, and follow-up studies are already putting it to work. Continue reading UMBC’s Huemmrich uses NASA satellite to measure effects of climate change on evergreen forests

Congressman Elijah Cummings discusses UMBC’s research leadership and commitment to Baltimore during campus visit

Faculty speak about UMBC’s well-rounded research portfolio and focus in on research strengths in physics, geosciences, space science, and bioengineering; students share career goals and experiences working with local communities. Continue reading Congressman Elijah Cummings discusses UMBC’s research leadership and commitment to Baltimore during campus visit

New NASA camera gives scientists an EPIC perspective of Earth, UMBC researcher explains

The Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) connected to NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) is NASA’s new tool to provide scientists with a unique perspective of the Earth’s clouds, land surfaces, and aerosols. EPIC captures measurements in visible, ultraviolet, and … Continue reading New NASA camera gives scientists an EPIC perspective of Earth, UMBC researcher explains

NASA’s Operation IceBridge confirms observations on ice shelf collapse, JCET researcher Shuman explains

NASA’s Operation IceBridge, a survey of polar ice, carried out parallel flights in the north and south poles for the first time in seven years. The mission to the Antarctic Peninsula recorded a big drop in height of the two … Continue reading NASA’s Operation IceBridge confirms observations on ice shelf collapse, JCET researcher Shuman explains

NASA renews partnership with UMBC’s JCET for $46 million over five years

For twenty years JCET has brought leading scientists to UMBC in research areas that align with NASA’s Earth science interests, such as climate and radiation, atmospheric chemistry and dynamics, and solar system sciences, including geophysics. UMBC is now ranked among the world’s top universities for geosciences. Continue reading NASA renews partnership with UMBC’s JCET for $46 million over five years

Lorraine Remer, JCET, Honored as American Geophysical Union Fellow

Lorraine Remer, research professor of physics and at the Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology, will become an American Geophysical Union (AGU) fellow at their Fall Meeting in San Francisco. AGU is an international scientific society of geophysicists. This is a tremendously prestigious honor, as only .1% of members are elected as AGU fellows. Fellowships are given to AGU members who have made exceptional contributions to Earth and space sciences. Remer is the only 2015 fellow from Maryland and will be honored at the AGU Fall Meeting in December. “Election to AGU Fellow is a tremendous and unexpected honor,” Remer said. … Continue reading Lorraine Remer, JCET, Honored as American Geophysical Union Fellow

Communicating Climate (4/20)

Celebrating 20 Years of JCET Climate Research: Climate affects all residents of the Earth but we all have different perspectives and ways of talking about it. The UMBC Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology and the UMBC Sustainability Working Group invite the campus community to a symposium focused on communicating the results of scientific climate investigations. A panel of noted climate researchers will contribute their knowledge of Earth’s climate a discussion prompted by questions from the broader UMBC audience. This Communicating Climate symposium also celebrates the integration of art and science with renowned musician and composer Kenji Williams who will … Continue reading Communicating Climate (4/20)

Vanderlei Martins on the Value of Cube Satellites

Vanderlei Martins, a professor of physics and researcher with the Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology (JCET) joined Sheilah Kast on Maryland Morning to discuss his cube satellite or CubeSat project. Martins is working with students, other professors and NASA scientists to build the backpack-sized satellite. Martins plans to use his tiny satellite to study the role of aerosols, particles in the atmosphere, in cloud formation. Aerosols, he says, are essential for forming clouds. If there weren’t any aerosols there wouldn’t be any clouds. Listen to the program   Continue reading Vanderlei Martins on the Value of Cube Satellites

From Antarctica to the Chesapeake

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

Dr. Belay Demoz Appointed Director of UMBC’s Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology (JCET)

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)

Glenn Wolfe, Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology, in The Baltimore Sun

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.” Continue reading Glenn Wolfe, Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology, in The Baltimore Sun

Lorraine Remer, Tianle Yuan JCET, Co-Authors Study on Foreign Aerosol Imports

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

Leonid Yurganov, JCET, in the Economist

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

Two Years After the 2010 Haitian Earthquake: Observations by a member of JCET Faculty

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