ARL Weekly News – June 14, 2019

On June 10, 2019, Rick Jiang, Senior Information Technology (IT) Manager and ARL System Owner, briefed the results of FY2019 IT Security Assessment and Authorization (A&A) activities to OAR’s Deputy Assistant Administrator for Science, Gary Matlock, and Assistant Chief Information Officer, Jeremy Warren. ARL’s Acting Deputy Director, Ariel Stein, and Information System Security Officer, Fred Shen, participated in the briefing held at NOAA headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland. ARL’s certification activities took place between April 1 and June 10, 2019. This year an independent assessor, OAR IT security officer James Brown, conducted the security control assessment for ARL, which concluded with 100% satisfaction for all 55 security controls selected. During the meeting, Dr. Matlock commended both the ARL IT team for having done an excellent job keeping the ARL system secure and mitigating all critical or high-risk vulnerabilities identified in a timely manner and ARL management (laboratory and division level) for its continuing commitment to the IT security as a top priority.

Tianfeng Chai gave a presentation on HYSPLIT inverse modeling during the International MELCOR Accident Consequence System User Group meeting hosted by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission in Rockville, MD, from June 10-11, 2019.

One June 14, Barry Baker presented an Overview of the Model and ObservatioN Evaluation Tool (MONET) during a University of Maryland brown bag seminar in College Park, MD.

Bruce Baker co-authored a project update on the National Soil Moisture Network published by EOS on June 13, 2019. “Building a One-Stop Shop for Soil Moisture Information” is available at