In Fire Influence on Regional and Global Environments Experiment (FIREX), an interagency team of scientists from NOAA, CIRES, the University of Montana and a dozen other institutions seek to better understand the impact of biomass burning on North American climate and air quality.
CIRES scientist Gijs de Boer will work with a team of NOAA and CU Boulder scientists and engineers at Oliktok Point, Alaska from 10-22 October to deploy the DataHawk unmanned aircraft system (UAS). Data collected during these flights will aid in understanding Arctic climate and processes critical to sea ice formation.
Every September, the sun begins to rise over the horizon at the South Pole. Sparked by that sunlight, a season of ozone depletion begins. NOAA and CIRES researchers in the Global Monitoring Division of ESRL are blogging about this depletion season, as the "hole" develops.