McMurdo Speaker Series: Antarctica, Space, Lasers (Oh my!) Intro to Upper Atmosphere

McMurdo Speaker Series: Antarctica, Space, Lasers (Oh my!) Intro to Upper Atmosphere

Join McMurdo scientist, Yingfei Chen, from McMurdo Antarctica for a 10-15 minute lesson on an Introduction to the Upper Atmosphere followed by a Q&A. Join live with your classroom on camera and ask your questions directly to Yingfei and his colleagues. 

Introduction to the Upper Atmosphere 

  • What and where is the upper atmosphere? 
  • Why do we want to study the upper atmosphere? 
  • What are we studying in the upper atmosphere? 
  • What are we studying in the upper atmosphere? 
  • How do we study the upper atmosphere? 
  • What is LIDAR (light detection and ranging)? Check out our instrument!

Resources for your Classroom

Classroom Activities for all ages on Layers of the Atmosphere by UCAR Center for Science Education 

  • Blue Skies and Red Sunsets: See how wavelengths of light scatter to make the sky blue in the day and colorful at sunset.

  • Bubbles on Bottles: Do an experiment to learn why warm air rises and cool air sinks. This activity requires hot water and adult supervision.

  • Balloon on a Bottle: Learn how temperature makes warm air expand and cool air contract. This activity requires hot water and adult supervision.

  • Weather Front Model Activity: Make a model of a storm front!

About the Speaker - Yingfei Chen

Yingfei Chen is a Ph.D. student in Aerospace Engineering Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder who works with Dr. Xinzhao Chu. His research uses lidar technologies to observe the middle and upper atmosphere from Boulder, Colorado, with a focus on thermosphere-ionosphere Na (TINa) layers. He and Dr. Chu worked together and made the first discovery of the regular occurrence of TINa layers in the world. His work earned him second authorship in a Geophysical Research Letters paper published during the first year of his Ph.D. program, and he will soon be submitting another paper to the Geophysical Research Letters as first author. 

Yingfei Chen Headshot

 

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