NCAS Fellows and Director Visit NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder, CO!


On September 19th, NCAS Fellows and Director attended a technical workshop at NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL) to foster expanded engagement and collaborative research.  ESRL is one of seven NOAA Research Laboratories, under NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), and is located in Boulder, CO.

Dr. Vernon Morris, Principal Investigator, NCAS, and the following NCAS fellows participated in this experiential endeavor; Jia-Fong Fan, Megan Payne Lataille, Keren Rosado, Emily Saunders, Cassandra Shivers, and Daniel Yeager.  All of these NCAS Fellows are pursuing doctoral degrees in Atmospheric Science at Howard University.

The NCAS team participated in discussions and focused tours in three general areas: “Numerical Modeling”, “Social Science nexus with Atmospheric Science”, and “Aerosols, Chemistry, and Physical Processes”.  NCAS Fellows had an opportunity to present their research projects, engage ESRL scientists and contractors during breakout sessions in each of the three general areas, as well as a synthesis session.  Additionally, the NCAS team joined a roundtable on careers in science and leadership, and visited NOAA’s two nearby Cooperative Institutes; CIRES and CIRA.

The mission of NCAS is to increase the number of workforce-ready graduates from underrepresented communities in NOAA-related sciences, with particular emphasis on scientific, technological, and societal challenges associated with atmospheric sciences and meteorology. The aim is for Educational Partnership Program-funded graduates to enter NOAA mission workforce as hires by NOAA, NOAA contractors, NOAA partners or resource management agencies, academia, or as entrepreneurs.

NCAS achieves its mission through the execution of a comprehensive and collaborative education and research program with NOAA and its stakeholders within three broad areas —

I) Improving forecast accuracy of precipitation, through studies of physical processes and data assimilation methodologies that can lead to the improvement of weather and climate forecast accuracy studies;

II) Increasing the understanding of atmospheric chemical processes and their effects on local, regional, and global scales; and,

III) Conducting field campaigns and implementation of measurement networks designed to improve the understanding of chemical, physical, and dynamic processes in the atmosphere and climate system.

Throughout these three themes, NCAS seeks to integrate social, behavioral, economic, and communication sciences in order to assist decision-makers in using environmental data and products to protect lives, property, economy, and the environment.

All NCAS academic partners contribute to a rich spectrum of student training and professional development through workshops, webinars, shared courses and seminars, outreach activities, student recruitment, and mentoring.

Additional Pictures and link crediting NOAA’s Visual Information Specialist,
Will Von Dauster