Apart from purely science-driven projects, the DFG Ideas Competition offers an ideal opportunity to promote the expertise and know-how of both networks Geoverbund ABC/J and ISMC beyond the existing scientific communities, to combine different assignments and concerns, and to try something completely new to us!
In November, we, the doctoral researchers, again elected two new spokespersons who will represent us in several committees for the next year. This means it is time to say goodbye and thank you, but also welcome and good luck! As usual I would like to introduce the new speakers to you or let’s say let them introduce themselves to you. Afterwards I will give you a short overview of the things that are went on in the last months. Before we start with our Newbies, I’d like to mention that this time all our candidates for speakers were internationals, which is a first :) So I am really happy to introduce you to…
In April 2017, the first phase of the development process of the Doctoral Researcher and Scientific Advisor Platform (short DocPlatform) has ended. All the results gained in this phase were presented to the project board in May. Getting a very positive feedback there, a final meeting with all the participants of phase one was held at which everyone could inform him/herself about the work done in the other subgroups. This was also the start of the second phase, in which the following target processes shall be acquired: E-recruiting of Docs Identification and registration of all Docs Central monitoring of all Docs Transferable-skills curriculum In this article, I will tell you some more details about the transferable skills subgroup and what it achieved.
Be it in its role as a natural UV absorbent, climate gas, or health factor – the ozone concentration in the atmosphere is of interest to society for various reasons. For decades, global measuring programmes have investigated how the ozone content changes due to human influence. Ozone sondes attached to weather balloons, which can reach altitudes of 35 km, are still an indispensable source of data. Forschungszentrum Jülich plays an important role in this context: since 1996, it has been running the World Calibration Center for Ozone Sondes (WCCOS). In early November, calibration measurements for the NASA-headed SHADOZ network took place here.
As you know, ex-hurricane Ophelia arrived on Monday to Ireland. Following the advise of the Irish meteorological service, we stayed at home, but... we didn't have electricity nor water! Want to know what we did? Keep reading and you may find delicious surprises!
(Ex-)Hurricane Ophelia kept us busy the last days. IEK-7 campaign seem to attract natural catastrophies. Or is it that we are going wherever the weather is exceptional? No-one knows... However, we found ourselfs in the middle of national weather warnings from Sunday midday onwards. According to the NOAA Hurricane Center, Ophelia was the easternmost hurricane in the Northern Atlantic on record. Of course, being the dedicated climate researchers we are, we had to take the chance to probe the hurricane in front of our doorstep.
Research aircrafts do not usually fly straight to a point and back, as you would expect for instance a passenger plane to go. Observing flight tracks of such a plane give very funny patterns, hence. See for yourself.
One major goal in the WISE campaign is to follow the time evolution of air masses in the UTLS (upper troposphere-lower stratosphere) and to see how they are affected by tropopheric-stratospheric exchange. The latest (and upcoming) research flights are planned to provide an idea of exacty this time evolution. Flight 9 last Saturday was targeting a feature in the West-Atlantic with the plan to probe the same air again in later flights. At the moment, HALO is on its way to catch it now, two days later close to the Norwegian border.
There are some very nice things you can spot from a plane. Not only clouds and the ant farms that actually are cities but also atmospheric phenomena. I have seen for the first time a “Glory” on my way to Ireland. On top, a colleague (Peter Hoor from the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz) took a very nice picture of so-called “Kelvin-Helmholtz instabilities” on a research flight with HALO last week. So I just wanted to show you the pictures here and give you a short explanation on what it is.
To prepare for a research flight takes quite some time and involves many people. It starts in general 3-4 days in advance when some scientist sit together over the forecasts and think about the most interesting atmospheric situations to probe. Two days in advance they hand over a preliminary flight plan to the HALO flight operations team. These colleagues from the German Aerospace Center (DLR) talk to Air Traffic Control (ATC). A day in advance this preliminary flight plan is updated with the recent forecast.
Two weeks ago, the regularly scheduled DocTeam event "What are they actually doing at...?" took place. This time, ver.di visited the research center and gave the audiance an insight into their work. This was the chance for us, the DocTeam, to discuss some important issues regarding our working conditions with them. The results, which are very promising, can now be read here. Since this topic is rather complicated, we have written this article in English and German, so eveyone can follow in the language of choice.
Today I will mainly let the pictures talk.
Today was research flight number 5 of the WISE campaign. This flight went from Shannon to Iceland and its aim was to study an atmospheric gravity wave. The wave was excited by wind over the Icelandic mountains and propagates vertically to the flight altitude of 14km and even higher. A similar wave was already observed during a previous campaign in January 2016 over the same location.
HALO finally arrived in Shannon! Touch down was yesterday evening at 19:28 (German time). However this was not only a transit. Instead of going to Shannon directly, the flight was enlonged to a 10-hour research flight passing by Southern Norway, up north beyond the polar circle and coming down over Iceland and eventually flying to Ireland.
After several years of preparation, this week it was finally time for the first flight of the WISE campaign. This was on Wednesday. The flight track took us from Germany to the west and onto the Atlantic Ocean passing Shannon in Ireland, from where the campiagn will be continued in the following weeks.
Wait a minute? In Dallas? Didn't you say the SC17 conference is in Denver? Yes, this is correct. Like for last year's August meeting in 2016, where my team met in Denver, even when the SC16 conference was in Salt Lake City, we met in Dallas on August 8 and 9. Logical thinking people can now conclude where SC18 will be located ;-)