CONTRAST in the News

Tropical fires fuel elevated ozone levels over western Pacific Ocean

Science Codex | 24 February 2016

A diverse team of atmospheric chemists, meteorologists and modelers, including scientists from NASA, has traced the origins of mysterious pockets of high ozone concentrations and low water vapor in the air above the western Pacific Ocean near Guam to fires burning in Southeast Asia and in Africa, half a world away.

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Fires burning in Africa and Asia cause high ozone in tropical Pacific

Science Codex | 13 January 2016

As decision makers from around the world congregated in Paris to prepare a global climate agreement at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21), many discussions focused on how to reduce greenhouse gases, including ozone.

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Weather researchers open planes to visitors

Pacific Daily News | 16 February 2014

Atmospherical measurements: Guam residents explore two aircraft being used this month for a research project that studies gases in the atmosphere above the tropics during an open house yesterday at the Aviation Concepts hangar in Tiyan. Scientists and engineers from the National Center for Atmospheric Research [...]

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CONTRAST Project Manager and K57's Ray Gibson

K57 Interviews | 13 February 2014

Interview between Ray Gibson and Jim Moore, Project CONTRAST, about research being conducted to measure the affects of different weather conditions at different altitudes.

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DLA Energy supports atmospheric research over Pacific Ocean

DVIDS | 30 January 2014

Defense Logistics Agency Energy Pacific provided fuel support to the National Center for Atmospheric Research, which will conduct field research to determine the climate impact of the warm western tropical Pacific Ocean waters and their influence on the atmosphere.

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Ocean's Chimney Effect Studied in Guam

Radio New Zealand International | 27 January 2014

Dozens of scientists have converged on Guam to study a so-called chimney effect given off by the warm waters around the territory, and the influence it has on the global climate. Ross Salawitch is one of the principal investigators for the project called CONTRAST, or Convective Transport of Active Species in the Tropics. 

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Checking on Earth's 'chimney'

Baltimore Sun | 24 January 2014

For years, scientists have suspected that the warm waters of the western Pacific Ocean play a key role in shaping the Earth's climate. But satellite data provided only a partial picture of what's happening in this remote region of the globe. 

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Scientists to study Pacific Atmosphere

Marianas Variety | 09 January 2014

ABOUT 40 scientists from several stateside universities and the National Center of Atmospheric Research, or NCAR, will be stationed on Guam for seven weeks studying the atmospheric chemistry in the Western Pacific, according to a statement from the National Science Foundation.

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3 of the World’s Best Scientific Aircraft Team Up for Climate Science Research

KQED | 09 January 2014

Of course spacecraft and astronauts and robot rovers are sexy. So are scientific submarines and their dives to the deep seafloor. But today I want to speak up for research aircraft and the plucky geniuses who maintain and fly them. They penetrate hurricanes; they peek high [...]

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Scientists to Examine Pacific's "Global Chimney"

UCAR AtmosNews | 07 January 2014

Even though few people live in the western tropical Pacific Ocean, these remote waters affect billions of people by shaping climate and air chemistry worldwide. Next week, leading scientists will head to the region to better understand its influence on the atmosphere [...]

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Salawitch a co-PI of TWP Air Composition Measurement Project (CONTRAST)

University of Maryland | 18 November 2013

Known as CONTRAST or “CONvective TRansport of Active Species in the Tropics,” the mission will consist of a series of airborne observations conducted from Guam during January and February of 2014.

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