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NOAA Center for Atmospheric Science personnel
meet with ATDD scientists

October, 2017

On Thursday, 5 October, scientists at ATDD hosted a visit by a group of personnel representing NOAA Center for Atmospheric Science (NCAS). The meeting was held to explore potential collaborative research between NCAS members and ATDD. Attending from NCAS were Dr. Vernon Morris, Director and Principal Investigator and Ricardo Sakai, Research Associate from Howard University, and Dr. Jose Fuentes from Penn State University. Kafayat Olayinka, a graduate student from Howard University, and Zachary Moon, a graduate student from Penn State, were also in attendance. Presentations were made by staff from both NCAS and ATDD to provide background on current research activities and personnel involved. Part of the visit included a short field trip to Knox County Radio Control field to demonstrate the DJI 1000, one of the drones in ATDD’s UAS fleet. Potential collaborative research projects were discussed with follow-up discussions planned in the near future.

Group photo of NCAS and ATDD personnel

NCAS and ATDD personnel

Back row: Dr. LaToya Myles, Zachary Moon, Dr. Rick Saylor, Dr. Bruce Baker, Dr. Temple Lee, Dr. Michael Buban, Dr. Nebila Lichiheb, Edward Dumas, Dr. Praveena Krishnan, Kafayat Olayinka

Front row: Dr. Ricardo Sakai, Dr. Tilden Meyers, Dr. Jose Fuentes, Dr. Vernon Morris

For more information about the NCAS program, visit their website.

ATDD sUAS at KCRC field

DJI 1000, “Octocopter”

ATDD-UTK identify opportunities for new partnerships

September, 2017

On September 12, 2017, ATDD and the University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK) held a science workshop at the Cherokee Farm Innovation Campus and Research Park. The goal of the workshop was to foster collaborations that advance research, technology, and education in weather, climate and air chemistry. Dr. Bruce Baker (ATDD Director), Dr. Stacey Patterson (UTK Interim Vice President of Research, Outreach, and Engagement) and Dr. Robert Nobles (UTK Interim Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement) hosted the workshop. University researchers and ATDD scientists delivered research presentations and engaged in round-table discussions to identify opportunities for new partnerships. This workshop is a first step under the recent Memorandum of Agreement between ATDD and UTK.

Attendees to ATDD-UTK meeting

Attendees to ATDD-UTK meeting

Bruce Baker, Stacey Patterson, Robert Nobles

From left to right:
Dr. Bruce Baker, Dr. Stacey Patterson,
Dr. Robert Nobles

ATDD partners with local schools to document
environmental data during solar eclipse event

August, 2017

ARL/ATDD in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, was located in the path of totality for the solar eclipse on August 21. Students from Linden Elementary School in Oak Ridge went on a field trip to Roane State Community College in Harriman, Tennessee, where scientists and engineers deployed a meteorological tower. The instruments and sensors measured solar radiation, wind speed and direction, air temperature, and other variables. A similar suite of equipment and sensors was set up at Oliver Springs High School north of Oak Ridge and on a local farm near Philadelphia, Tennessee. Data collected during the eclipse will be made publicly available on ARL/ATDD’s website.

Photo of eclipse watchers at Roane State CC

Eclipse watchers at Roane State Community College in Harriman, Tennessee

You can read more about the eclipse here.

Eclipse seen from Bowling Green, KY

Eclipse as seen in Bowling Green, KY
(click on image to enlarge)

Credit: Ron Leeper, Research Associate
Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites
North Carolina State University

Science Students get “blown away” in ATDD wind tunnel facility

July, 2017

Please note that all links in this article are to websites outside the .gov domain and open in separate pages

On July 20, 2017, ATDD hosted the Wind Energy team from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC)/ORAU Science Academy. They visited the ATDD wind tunnel facility to have their model wind turbines tested. The team was comprised of nine students from eight different Appalachia states. This is the seventh year ATDD has participated in this annual event.

The Academy is a week long, in-residence camp that ran from July 16 to July 21.

The Wind Energy team was lead by Lauren Wilmoth, a STEM and Honors Biology teacher at Oak Ridge High School, and Mark Rubin, a middle school teacher from Maryland.

The students pictured below are:

Front row left-to-right
Celia Torres Lopez (VA), Belle Beckner (SC), Madyson Cahill (OH), James Click (WV), and Anthony Tipton (KY)

Back row left-to-right
Makenze Hurtubise (NY), Gavin Awtry (NC), Sidney Vass (TN), and Ziah Kennedy (NC)

The Wind Energy team

Read the full article here.

You can read more about the 2017 ARC/ORAU Science Academy here.

A flickr album of photos of the week long event can be viewed here.

Wind Energy team members

Wind Energy team members
(click on image to enlarge)

Dr. Howard J. Diamond Joins OAR/ARL/ATDD

May, 2017

Working for NOAA since 1981, Howard has had a variety of programmatic roles with the National Ocean Service, National Weather Service, and the Satellite and Information Service (formerly known as National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service or NESDIS). In 1999, he began serving as the U.S. Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) National Coordinator where he has been a key person in climate bilateral activities on behalf of NOAA with countries such as Australia and New Zealand. In 2008, he assumed the role as the U.S. Climate Reference Network (USCRN) Program Manager.

In his new role at ATDD (a division of the Air Resources Laboratory (ARL)/Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR)), Howard will retain both the GCOS and USCRN portfolios and will also assume the role as Air Resources Laboratory’s Climate Science Program Manager that will include but not be limited to activities such as coordinating NOAA’s GCOS Reference Upper Air Network (GRUAN) effort and in engaging in regional climate modeling activities with NOAA’s regional climate service directors. He will perform his duties from the Climate Program Office in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Howard earned his PhD in Geography and Environmental Science in 2014 from the University of Auckland in New Zealand, and has conducted and published research with respect to:

  • tropical cyclones
  • Arctic and Antarctic sea ice
  • climate change involving changes in sea surface and sub-surface temperature
  • the El Niño Southern Oscillation
  • the Madden-Julian Oscillation
  • the Southern Annular Mode
  • and the Pacific Decadal Oscillation

He has a passion for climate science and for communicating that with the public and as such, serves as the primary focal point for answering climate science and data related questions received via NOAA’s Climate Portal. We are very pleased to welcome Howard to OAR/ARL/ATDD.

Image showing differences in El Niño and La Niña

Image showing differences in El Niño and La Niña

To view a short video about these phenomena, see
What are El Niño and La Niña?
on the National Ocean Service page.

VORTEX-SE 2017 Field Campaign

May, 2017

ATDD participated in the second VORTEX-SE Field Campaign March – April 2017. Temple Lee, Michael Buban and Ed Dumas had the lead on the Intensive Operating Periods (IOP). During this time ATDD had teams releasing radiosondes, manning a tethered balloon and obtaining vertical profiles using small unmanned aircraft used to measure low level temperature and relative humidity . All of these measurements and measurements from other participating scientists will be used as input into a numerical model to better understand the influence of terrain, land surface, and boundary layer heterogeneity on tornadic storm development.

More information about this year’s field campaign can be found in a couple of articles with links below by Christina Edwards of WHNT19 news in Huntsville, Alabama.

POSTCARD FROM THE FIELD: Probing the Mysteries of Severe Weather

Probing the Mysteries of Severe Weather
(click on image to view entire postcard)

Field of wind sensors and a weather balloon

Field of wind sensors and a weather balloon at the
Severe Weather Institute Radar and Lighting Lab, U of A Huntsville

Image of SDAA Operating Area

SDAA Operating Area
(click on image to enlarge)

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UTK-ATDD sign Memorandum of Agreement

February, 2017

On February 15, 2017, ATDD and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville (UTK) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to advance collaborative research in atmospheric sciences. The MOA was signed in the ATDD auditorium by Dr. Taylor Eighmy, Vice Chancellor for Research & Engagement at UTK, and Dr. Bruce Baker, ATDD Director.

The agreement will facilitate joint efforts between UTK faculty and ATDD scientists to advance understanding of air pollution, atmospheric transport processes, and weather on a regional and national level. Additionally, the MOA will lead to educational opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students at UTK to participate in atmospheric science research investigations alongside NOAA scientists and engineers.

For more information, contact Dr. Bruce Baker.


Dr. Bruce Baker and Dr. Taylor Eighmy sign UTK-ATDD MOA

ATDD Presents Recent Research at the
97th AMS Annual Meeting

January, 2017

Scientists from ATDD had a significant presence at the 97th Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington, on January 22-26, 2017.

Read the full article here.

ATDD display DJI S-1000 (octocopter) at 2017 AMS Annual Meeting

ATDD display DJI S-1000 (octocopter) at 2017 AMS Annual Meeting

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