Researchers and Students to Set up Monitoring System at AMS Annual Meeting
January 11, 2011
Meteorologists Dan Wolfe of the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory and
Collin Daly of Campbell Scientific were requested by the president of the
American Meteorological Society to design a monitoring system for the
upcoming 91st AMS annual meeting in Seattle, WA. The system will be used to
investigate how humans modify the environment no matter what they do. For
example, when attending a conference, temperature and CO2 concentrations
change in rooms filled with people. Students attending the first day of the
student convention will have the opportunity to help assemble the system
and monitor the data; working/interacting with professionals in the field.
Temperature, water vapor, and CO2 data will be collected during WeatherFest
and the Presidential Forum (January 23 & 24 respectively). The data will be
transmitted by cell phone to Campbell where it will be made available on
their website and via smart phone. On January 25, in his talk about human
impact on the environment, Professor David Sailor of Portland State
University will analyze and discuss the data. As an extension of this
activity, Wolfe and Daly will give a joint presentation at the student
convention about their careers. Wolfe will discuss his career as
meteorologist with the federal government, and Daly as a meteorologist in
the private sector.
Wolfe began his career at NOAA as a student 35 years ago. At ESRL, and its
predecessor organizations, Wolfe has designed, assembled, and maintained
numerous monitoring systems. These systems have been used on land, ships,
and aircraft to study boundary layer and climate processes. Components for
the AMS system were provided by Vaisala and LICOR, integrated by Campbell
Scientific, and tested by Wolfe and Daly.
This activity is an opportunity for NOAA scientists to connect to the next
generation of researchers through an informal experiment exploring the
impact of humans on their environment.