Earth Science Research at NASA Langley Research Center

Earth Science Research at NASA Langley Research Center


Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 6:00pm

The Science Directorate at NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) emphasizes an end-to-end approach where technology development, mission formulation and implementation, calibration and validation activities, and data analyses are carried out with the goal of deriving scientific information from space-based observations for decision support. This work includes scientific leadership in space-based missions; technology development; laboratory, surface and sub-orbital (aircraft) measurements; research and analyses projects; atmospheric science data stewardship; applied sciences research in developing decision support tools; and education and outreach activities, all in support of NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD). The LaRC Science Directorate strengths include Earth observation, interdisciplinary research, Earth system modeling, data processing systems, and advanced technology development, with an overall focus on atmospheric science, atmospheric composition and climate. The Directorate also provides significant support to the SMD Applied Sciences program, particularly in areas of air quality management, energy forecasting, and aviation safety. This presentation will provide an introduction to the LaRC Science Directorate vision, goals, organizational structure and ongoing research and present key examples of basic and applied research, as well as data center and education/outreach activities.

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About the speaker:

Dr. Bruce Doddridge is Head of the Chemistry and Dynamics Branch in the Science Directorate at the NASA Langley Research Center located in Hampton, VA. He also holds an adjunct faculty position at the rank of Professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science at the University of Maryland College Park. He holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry and has published research papers on a variety of topics in atmospheric science, primarily focusing on field experiments and modeling studies of key players contributing to photochemical ozone production and fine particle haze, but also including contributions to the fields of hurricane chemistry and dynamics, interannual variability and climate teleconnections, air pollution meteorology, and satellite validation.  He has served as a federal agency funding officer administering climate research programs at the National Science Foundation and NASA Headquarters.  He and his wife Susan reside in Yorktown, Virginia and have three grown children.