Former Goetz Instrument Support Program participant Ulyana N. Horodyskyj, Ph.D. Research Associate, National Snow and Ice Data Center, provides us with this recap from her recent trip to Alaska where she worked with the Girls on Ice program.
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Remote Cosine Receptors (RCR) are utilized for full hemispherical absolute energy measurements. This allows the spectroradiometer to directly measure the total full hemispherical irradiance being emitted by the sun or an artificial light source as well as the corresponding full hemispherical reflectant radiance.
NASA's Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) launched today from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. A joint NASA and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) mission, LDCM will add to the longest continuous data record of Earth's surface as viewed from space. LDCM is the eighth satellite in the Landsat series.
NASA recently announced the surprising discovery of artic bloom in Beaufort and Chukchi seas. The team of researchers used ASD’s FieldSpec®3 portable spectroradiometer in the NASA shipborne investigation to study how changing conditions in the Arctic affect the ocean's chemistry and ecosystems. The ICESCAPE mission ("Impacts of Climate on Ecosystems and Chemistry of the Arctic Pacific Environment") set out with the objective to validate data NASA was observing from a satellite. The notion that biological growths like phytoplankton could only occur after summer had caused the thick ice to retreat has been found to be incorrect, at least in this study. The bulk of the research took place in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas in summer 2010 and 2011.
Researchers found evidence that thinning, and younger ice in the area was allowing plant life to grow in the waters.
Generally, the Artic Ocean is one that you wouldn’t expect to be booming with plant life. It was thought that Artic sea ice was too thick to allow the necessary sunlight into the waters below to nurture phytoplankton growth. The expedition led and funded by NASA dispelled that common belief when they found microscopic plant life under Artic ice in networks of pools connected to younger and thinner ice. The real value of the research led to questions of carbon cycles and consumption now year round in the Artic waters.
Once again, the FieldSpec 3 portable spectroradiometer participated in yet another unlikely application.
Available in the journal Science and on the NASA website, you can get more information on the research and its results. View more pictures of the ICESCAPE team research efforts.
For more information on the FieldSpec 3 portable spectroradiometer, contact ASD.
Image credit: NASA/Kathryn Hansen