It's #JFK100 Social Media Day! Today we remember John F. Kennedy's 1960 call to service, a call the Partnership continues to promote decades later. 📸: @uofmichigan . . . How many of you who are going to be doctors, are willing to spend your days in Ghana? Technicians or engineers, how many of you are willing to work in the Foreign Service and spend your lives traveling around the world? On your willingness to do that, not merely to serve one year or two years in the service, but on your willingness to contribute part of your life to this country, I think will depend the answer whether a free society can compete. I think it can! And I think Americans are willing to contribute. But the effort must be far greater than we have ever made in the past.
Here's one last thank you! before we wrap up Public Service Recognition Week. We had such a great time celebrating public servants and giving you a behind-the-scenes look at federal agencies! What was your favorite part of #PSRW?
3:00 pm MT: O.K. kids, last photo of the day! I’m with air quality #scientists Patrick Veres (left) and Andy Neuman (right) in a NOAA lab as they run their new mass #spectrometer through its paces. By the end of the summer, this sophisticated instrument will be sent to California and bolted into a #NASA DC-8 for a month-long series of flights covering the far reaches of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, from pole to pole. These two CIRES scientists are supporting the ATom project, an ambitious effort supported by @NOAA, @NASA and numerous other research institutions, to study tropospheric ozone, methane and black carbon aerosols -- pollutants that impair air quality and also contribute to global warming. The new machine will be hooked up to an inlet mounted on the outside of NASA’s plane and will generate a continuous readout of the abundance of dozens chemical compounds as they fly over the open ocean in a roller coaster pattern from 500 feet to over 7 miles high and down again. You can learn more about the project here: https://espo.nasa.gov/missions/atom. Well, that’s just a small slice of the world-class science that happens every day here at NOAA in Boulder. We hope you’ve enjoyed the virtual tour. Many thanks to my dedicated NOAA colleagues for putting up with me pointing a camera at them today. You can learn more at www.boulder.noaa.gov or if you know you’re going to be in Boulder, call ahead to sign up for the Tuesday afternoon tours. And thanks to the folks at @rpublicservice for allowing me to share a little bit of NOAA with you today. Have a great weekend! -- Theo Stein/NOAA Communications #nature #earth #science #scientists #environment #weather #wildfires #forecast @noaa #Boulder #Colorado #PSRW @CIRESnews #CIRES
1:45 p.m. MT: @NOAA’s Theo Stein reporting to you again... Now I’m with Lisa Kriederman, a forecaster with the National Weather Service’s (@NWS) Denver-Boulder Weather Forecast Office. She’s building Saturday’s forecast on a work station powered by technology developed right here in this building by NOAA’s Global Systems Division or GSD. Here’s some numbers to ponder: 3 million -- that’s the number of weather observations NOAA’s GSD collects every hour and shares around the world. 1 trillion -- that’s how many data bits are generated by a single 18-hour forecast using GSD’s newest short-term forecast model (also developed here.) Lisa’s also a fire weather forecaster. When needed, she flies to the scene of wildfires and provides hyperlocal forecasts that incident commanders need to position resources, plan evacuations and protect firefighter safety. Cool, right? -- Theo #nature #earth #science #scientists #meteorologist #meteorology #environment #weather #wildfires #forecast @noaa #Denver #Boulder #Colorado #PSRW
12:30 p.m. MT: Theo Stein, from @NOAA here! I’ve run out to Marshall Mesa today with #scientist Patrick Cullis, who’s training Marissa Goerke and Heather McIntyre how to launch an #ozonesonde #balloon that will continuously measure ozone levels from the ground up to 100,000 feet. Patrick (that’s him in red, crouched down with a camera) works for NOAA’s Global Monitoring Division as an employee of CIRES, our cooperative institute run by the University of Colorado. Marissa and Heather are early career scientists who work for Polar Field Services. They’ll be launching balloons for us at the Summit Research Station on the #Greenland Ice Cap this summer. That’s right -- they’re spending the summer at 10,000-ft elevation on a giant expanse of ice helping us study ozone levels in the atmosphere! Why do we study ozone? The ozone layer acts like global sunscreen, filtering harmful ultraviolet radiation from the sun, a leading cause of cell damage in plants and animals and a primary cause of skin cancer. Ozone-depleting gases emitted by industrial activity harm the ozone layer and reduce the amount of protection overhead. NOAA scientists play a critical role in monitoring the global health of the ozone layer. (Watch thiscool video: https://vimeo.com/214433591) -- Theo #nature #earth #scientists #environment #ozone #science #balloonlaunch #sun #noaaomao @noaa @NOAAOMAO #NOAACorps #NOAAShipFairweather #Boulder #MarshallMesa #Colorado @CIRESnews
11:45 MT - Theo Stein here again! Most people think of the National Weather Service (@NWS) or atmospheric research when they think of #NOAA, but there’s an ocean in our mission too. I’m tagging along with NOAA Corps Commander David Zezula to the nearby town of #Lafayette, Colorado. Dave was commander of the NOAA Ship Fairweather that conducted a survey mission off the remote coasts of #Alaska. Here he is explaining to a Centaurus High School computer science class how Fairweather crew members used science and math to analyze oceans of sonar data and map underwater navigational hazards. If you want to know more about the work of and career opportunities with the NOAACorps, head over to www.noaacorps.noaa.gov. A big thanks to teacher Ann Root for the invite! -- Theo #nature #earth #scientists #environment #ocean #science #ship #sonar #PSRW @noaa @NOAAOMAO #NOAACorps #NOAAShipFairweather #Boulder #Colorado
10:15 am MT: Not your average video game --> I’m back in the lobby of NOAA’s David Skaggs Research Center where Ouray High School senior Lincoln Sackman is having fun navigating the inner rings of Saturn with virtual reality goggles linked to NOAA’s ScienceOnSphere Explorer™ (https://sos.noaa.gov/SOS_Explorer/) with help from NOAA scientist Eric Hackathorn. The SOS Explorer is a flat-screen version of Science On a Sphere® (SOS). This unique computer program takes SOS datasets -- usually displayed on a 6-foot sphere within large, specially designed museum exhibit spaces -- and makes them more accessible (In fact, if you come visit us at the NOAA Boulder campus, you can see SOS in action!). The visualizations depict data from satellites, ground observations and computer models. Lincoln and six other students in teacher Eric Fagrelius’ class traveled more than 300 miles today for a tour of our building… And we were so glad to have them! -- Theo #nature #earth #environment #space #planet #Saturn #PSRW @noaa @NOAAResearch @scienceonasphere #scientists #Boulder #Colorado
~9:45 a.m. MT: Hi, it's Theo here again! I'm on location at NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center (or SWPC). When the sun erupts in the direction of Earth, NOAA scientists send out the alert. @NOAA’s #SWPC is the nation’s solar watchdog. Space weather events have the potential to impact wide regions of the globe, disrupting communications, satellite and airline operations, manned space flights, navigation and surveying systems, as well as the electric power grid. Here #SWPC physical scientist Jeff Stankiewicz calls in the day’s space weather forecast to his counterpart at the U.S. Air Force. Want to know more? SWPC just launched their new education page, complete with some slick videos! Check it out: https://go.usa.gov/x5MwV #nature #earth #environment #SpaceWeather #space #satellites #PSRW @noaa @NWS #scientists #Boulder #Colorado
8:15 a.m. MT: I am up on the roof with Sara Crepinsek, an early career #scientist who is evaluating radiometers for NOAA Physical Science Division’s #Arctic research program (https://go.usa.gov/xNc24). Radiometers measure solar radiation – i.e., different wavelengths of sunshine – and they don’t work when they frost over, which they tend to do in the Arctic. Sara is doing a basic evaluation on different models. (BTW: It’s a perfect day here today: bright-bright-bright!) This summer, she’ll take them the Arctic to see if proper ventilation can prevent the glass bubbles from icing over. Sara is a veritable dynamo: She manages data flow from 3 Arctic sites; builds instrument packages; watches remotely for malfunctions; manages purchasing, scheduling, shipping and travel arrangements; runs the weekly science working group discussions; and prompts colleagues to develop action items. And … in her spare time, Sara’s completing her masters degree at the University of Colorado! Whew! You can find out more about @NOAAResearch international Arctic research at: www.iasoa.org. Stay tuned ... More to come! -- Theo [Photo: Theo Stein/@NOAA] #nature #earth #environment #climatescience #PSRW @noaa @noaaresearch #scientists #Boulder #Colorado
Hi, it's Theo again. Here’s where I work: NOAA’s David Skaggs Research Center. It’s the home of @NOAAResearch’s largest lab, the Earth System Research Lab. This state-of-the-art facility is also home to the National Weather Service (@NWS) forecast office, the Space Weather Prediction Center as well as the National Center for Environmental Information. Here, scientists study #climate, #weather, air quality, #oceanography, #gravity -- and develop tomorrow’s weather forecast tools. This place is truly a Disneyland of discovery. And as a public affairs officer, I get to help each of these @NOAA lines tell their story to the public. -- Theo #nature #earth #science #environment #noaa #Boulder #Colorado @noaa @noaaresearch #scientists #PSRW