Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder

Sara Morris

Research Interests

My current position as an Associate Scientist II (Arctic Database Manger, Logistics Coordinator, Technician, and Researcher) has evolved and ingested many roles. My primary responsibilities include managing Arctic data sets for Tiksi, Alert, and Eureka where I am the primary NOAA-based data manager for these stations. I initiated the overhaul of the stations data-storage structures on the NOAA ftp-site while simultaneously establishing official data transfer processes. I support the operation of Arctic instrumentation through installation, modification, troubleshooting, repair, calibration, and basic understanding of electronic systems at these three Arctic stations. I provide technical support, facilitation of data transfers, and maintenance for all of the Tiksi, Alert, and Eureka instrument suites by managing incoming data streams and instrument operations. I continue to develop and evolve instrument “Datagrams” (a type of metadata) for technical, mechanical, and processing support that diagrammatically outline the flow of data from each instrument. I develop and manage several procedures for data transfers (maintaining data stream flow of Arctic instrument suites), and data archival (develop, implement, and maintain data stream organization structure). I heavily participate in metadata implementation to the IASOA project, through hand-authoring metadata into the IASOA portal and facilitating all IASOA Working Groups (Aerosol, Ozone, Transports, Flux, and Radiation). Most importantly, I am making large strides in my primary areas of study on Arctic ground heat fluxes (and the surface energy budget) alongside Co-leading the De-Icing Comparison Experiment at Barrow, Alaska.

Current Research

De-Icing Comparison Experiment (DICE: Campaign Lead

Ground heat flux variability at Tiksi station (Arctic): Master's Thesis Topic

Working on an upwelling shortwave radiometer in Alert Canada

D-ICE campaign lead in Barrow, Alaska

Installing radiometers and ventilation systems for the D-ICE campaign at Barrow, Alaska