Principal Investigator Steven Wofsy of Harvard University and atmospheric scientist Paul Newman of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center sent back a video postcard of the second two legs of the Atmospheric Tomography, or ATom mission. They and the science team traversed the tropical Pacific from Kona, Hawaii to Pago Pago, American Samoa, and then to Christchurch, New Zealand.
The ATom mission aboard NASA’s DC-8 aircraft and flying laboratory is sampling world-wide in one of the most extensive surveys of the atmosphere to date, measuring over 200 gases as well as airborne particles. The science team is particularly interested in methane, tropospheric ozone and black carbon particles, which have strong effects on climate and which all have both human and natural origins.
GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation:
Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version 220.127.116.11.0