ARL Weekly News – March 12, 2021

Recent Events

Senate Testimony describes 25 Year partnership with ARL’s Surface Energy Budget Network (SEBN)

John Reifsteck, Chairman of the Board and President, GROWMARK, Inc., offered testimony to the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry committee during a March 11 hearing titled:  Farmers and Foresters: Opportunities to Lead in Tackling Climate Change.  He described the partnership and data collected on his farm in Illinois for the SEBN and the steps available to reduce the carbon footprint through agricultural techniques. His farm may qualify as “Most Studied Agricultural Field on the Planet.”
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Reifsteck Testimony:

Hearing information. John Riefsteck appears at approximately minute 52 in the livestream:

ARL’s Nebila Lichiheb


Nebila Lichiheb

For Women’s History Month, OAR Research profiled ARL’s Nebila Lichiheb. She describes her background, research, work life balance, and the best parts about being a scientist. Nebila Lichiheb is an environmental scientist at the NOAA Air Resources Laboratory Atmospheric Turbulence and Diffusion Division (ATDD) in Oak Ridge, TN. Her research interests include measurement and modeling of surface-atmosphere exchange of atmospheric gases and particles in agricultural, forest, coastal and urban ecosystems.

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LaToya Myles Profile

Dr. LaToya Myles was profiled on the podcast: Progress, Potential and Possibilities. The Director of ARL’s ATDD division, her research is interdisciplinary, involving both atmospheric chemistry and environmental sciences, measuring the exchange of gases and particles between the air and land in coastal and agricultural ecosystems and the data collected from these studies is used to improve estimates of air pollution and provide information about the potential impact on human health and the environment.

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Science Fair

Ed Dumas participated as a virtual judge in the Tate’s School Science Fair in Knoxville, TN on March 11, 2021.  Tate’s School is a grade 3 thru 5 elementary school in Knoxville whose science fair had categories in the biological, Earth, and physical sciences.  Of note was a promising Earth science project from a 3rd grader on the strength of tornadoes, complete with a dual water bottle apparatus he had constructed to demonstrate how a tornado vortex forms when the system is agitated.  The student impressively demonstrated it during his question and answer session, while explaining the enhanced Fujita tornado strength scale at the same time.