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By Sea, Air, and Space: Scientists from NASA Langley Explore the World’s Largest Phytoplankton Bloom and Its Future in a Changing Climate

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Date(s) - March 17th
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Speaker: Richard Moore, PhD | NAAMES Deputy Project Scientist; 2019 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)

Presentation Summary: The North Atlantic phytoplankton bloom is one of the most conspicuous events observable from NASA’s fleet of Earth observing satellites. This annually-occurring event has far-reaching implications for ocean ecosystems, food webs, atmospheric exchange, and climate. Yet, the processes underpinning the bloom remain highly uncertain, even today. Enter the North Atlantic Aerosols and Marine Ecosystems Study, or NAAMES — a five year, NASA study to resolve fundamental characteristics of the bloom and its downstream impacts on atmospheric sea spray particles, clouds, and climate. Join Dr. Richard Moore from NASA’s Langley Research Center, here in Hampton Roads, as he highlights the exciting scientific results now coming from this important project.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Richard Moore is a research scientist at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton Roads, Virginia. His research focuses on the interaction between atmospheric aerosol particles and cloud formation, which contributes the largest uncertainty in our ability to understand and model Earth’s climate. To explore this important research area, Dr. Moore uses a variety of tools including in situ measurements from instrumented aircraft as well as satellite, airborne, and ground-based remote sensing observations. Dr. Moore is the recipient of multiple awards including a NASA Early Career Achievement Medal and a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). He is a husband and father of two.

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