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Staff Notes Monthly

For the people of NCAR, UCAR, and UOP Vol. 39, #5, May 2004

NCAR is working on a groundbreaking system of forecast models, lidars, and other tools to track airborne toxins as part of the nation’s antiterrorism efforts. More>

Science Store

Streamlining the NCAR Science Store
To remain open, the store must become self-sustaining by next fiscal year. More>

Bill Hess

Wilmot “Bill” Hess
The former NCAR director died last month at his home in Berkeley, California. More>

John Latham

Cooling us off
When MMM’s John Latham first wrote about the idea of tinkering with marine clouds to offset global warming, he faced some scorn. More>


Short Takes
An overview of projects throughout the organization. More>


Spring Fling
View the highlights More>

Latino students

Mentoring Latina students
Some 79 Latina middle and high school students came here on April 15 for the Latina Building Bridges in Education conference. More>


This composite photo, created by Staff Notes Monthly photographer Carlye Calvin with the help of Photoshop, shows the NSF C-130 aircraft flying over Colorado’s Front Range as part of the Airborne Carbon in the Mountains Experiment (ACME). The experiment, which is taking place from May to July, will measure how much carbon dioxide mountain forests remove from the air as spring turns into summer.

Scientists from NCAR and several outside organizations are using a dense network of instruments on Niwot Ridge near Nederland, in addition to the C-130, to gain an accurate picture of carbon exchanges in rolling hills and mountain ranges. “Today we usually look for carbon in all the wrong places,” explains CGD’s Dave Schimel, “focusing on where it’s easy to measure rather than where fluxes are largest.” Although most current studies are in flat areas, Dave and his colleagues have estimated that 25-50% of U.S. carbon uptake occurs in mountainous terrain.

Accurate assessments could help lead to an improved understanding of carbon dioxide in Western mountain forests, which are a potentially important sink for the greenhouse gas. To measure the carbon, the C-130 will fly as low as 1,000 feet above the ground in places along the Front Range near Boulder.

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