Improved monitoring of air quality from space and the ground is the focus of a unique field experiment now taking place in Beltsville, Md., along the Interstate 95 corridor.
Scientists from NASA, Howard University, the National Weather Service and several other institutions have assembled a powerful array of instruments to study summertime air pollution and compare measurements from the ground with those of NASA's fleet of Earth-observing satellites.
Media are invited to see the experiment in progress on Aug. 3 during the launch of a scientific weather balloon. Media will be able to interview scientists about ozone pollution, forecasting weather and NASA's capabilities to study global air quality and climate change. Graduate students from many institutions will also be available to discuss their experience working on this advanced research project.
Tour an advanced air quality and weather research facility, watch the launch of scientific balloon, interview scientists and students
Howard University Research Campus, Beltsville, Md. (Media will be escorted to the site from the Goddard Visitor's Center, Soil Conservation Rd., Greenbelt, Md.)
Thursday, Aug. 3. Bus departs Goddard Visitor's Center at 12:30 p.m.; site tour ends at 3:00 p.m.
Participants will include:
News media wishing to attend this event should contact:
Goddard Public Affairs
tel. (301) 286-2806
Howard University Office of University Communications
tel. (202) 238-2631
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