A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration grant for $3.6 million over five years will support formation of MARISA (Mid-Atlantic Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments), a consortium of NOAA, The RAND Corporation, Penn State, Johns Hopkins University and Cornell University.
Penn State alumnus Nat Johnson and Penn State meteorology professor and senior scientist Steven Feldstein have helped the U.S. Climate Prediction Center (CPC) fill in an important gap in its forecasting tools that can benefit governments and businesses across the U.S. The researchers helped the CPC create a probabilistic forecast tool that predicts temperature and precipitation patterns three to four weeks into the future.
While pursuing two bachelor’s degrees and one master’s degree concurrently, Penn State student Ryan Creedon has found numerous ways to get closer to his dream of becoming a professor. This past summer, he was accepted into the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship Program and he is using what he learned through his summer internship to bolster his academics at Penn State.
Rita Bowker, hydrographic survey technician on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric (NOAA) ship Thomas Jefferson, and Laura Guertin, associate professor of earth science at Penn State Brandywine and participant in the NOAA Teacher at Sea Program, will present at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 15 in Tomezsko 103 about hydrographic surveying.
Since joining Penn State Brandywine’s faculty in 2001, Associate Professor of Earth Science Laura Guertin has focused on bringing real-world perspective into the classroom. The geologist recently voyaged to sections of the Atlantic Ocean to conduct a research mission with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as part of its Teacher at Sea Program.
William Murtagh, program coordinator with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Space Weather Prediction Center, will present "Space Weather Storms: Are We Ready for a 'Space Katrina'" at 8 p.m. on April 12, in 22 Deike Building on the University Park campus of Penn State.
A research project deep in the Gulf of Mexico, led by Penn State University Professor of Biology Charles Fisher, the project's lead scientist, and James Brooks of TDI Brooks International, the project's manager, has been honored with the Excellence in Partnership award by the National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP), an organization established by the U.S. Congress.
A research project deep in the Gulf of Mexico, led by Penn State University Professor of Biology Charles Fisher, the project's lead scientist, and James Brooks of TDI Brooks International, the project's manager, has been honored with the Excellence in Partnership award by the National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP), an organization established by the U.S. Congress. The results of the research include new discoveries of coral communities in the deep Gulf of Mexico, new findings on the ecology and population genetics of the deep-water corals and communities, marine archaeological discoveries, and new data on growth rates of corals on oil platforms and shipwrecks. A primary purpose of the work is to gather data that will inform environmental review and decision making for the protection of deep-water corals and other hard-bottom communities in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Photos and more information are online at http://www.science.psu.edu/news-and-events/2012-news/Fisher8-2012.
Sewage and garbage. Those are two of the dozens of things that get Tanya Cramoy, of Penn State Dickinson School of Law's class of 2013, excited about her summer internship in the International Section of the Office of the General Counsel for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). She is working on a new Polar Code, which will amend existing international maritime regimes with mandatory provisions specific to the poles. "I am looking at the current international convention that regulates sewage and garbage discharge from vessels and, in light of available science, determining whether the poles merit heightened protection. It's an amazing example of the tools that can be used to accomplish environmental objectives," she said.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has announced that Pennsylvania Sea Grant has been promoted to Institutional Sea Grant Program status. Pennsylvania Sea Grant is administered by Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, and staffs two locations -- a Lake Erie Office in the Tom Ridge Environmental Center at Presque Isle State Park and a Delaware Estuary Office in the Delaware County city of Chester. Institutional status designation gives Pennsylvania Sea Grant primary responsibility for statewide oversight of long-term investments consistent with NOAA's national Sea Grant goal of environmental stewardship and responsible resource use. The announcement was made last week.
The wind crosses the plains like a steady gust from a blast furnace. The red terrain, flat and featureless, can't divert it. The few trees that inhabit the landscape lean permanently to the north. In the distance, giant Oklahoma and United States flags are pegged, rippling as they extend northward in a perfect line.
When the sun was out and low in the sky, Todd Sowers remembers, standing on the summit was an amazing experience. His goose-down swaddled form, and the similarly bulky shapes of his colleagues, would cast their shadows hundreds of meters down, to the stark landscape of the Bolivian altiplano below. Not that he had much time to contemplate such magnificent vistas. Sunny days were particularly precious on Nevado Sajama, not least because in order to penetrate the mountain's icy cap Sowers and the others were using a solar-powered drill.