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Atmospheric Scientist Partners with GLOBE CAP

posted May 29, 2012, 12:14 PM by Svetlana Darche   [ updated Jul 19, 2012, 9:23 PM by Jonathan Boxerman ]
A research team headed by Dr. Ronald Cohen,
Professor at UC Berkeley and Director of the Berkeley Atmospheric atmospheric Science Center, with a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) is placing atmospheric sensors throughout the East Bay of California. A 36- node, dense network is currently being deployed. Each node will include measurements of CO2, NO2, CO, O3, P, T, RH. Rough spacing between nodes will be 2km.  The purpose is to measure changes in emissions at the "smaller spatial scholes of continents, countires, forests, farms or cities" and to collect enough data to evaluate if specific indiviual policies aimed at greenhouse gas reductions should be pursued more or less aggressively.  The strategy is called "ubiquitous microsensing and recording."  GLOBE CAP is collaborating with Dr. Cohen and the Chabot Space and Science Center to enable students to look at Dr. Cohen's data and compare it with their own data collected using the GLOBE protocols.  Chabot will assist with data visualization.