ARL Weekly News – March 25, 2024

Upcoming Events

Field Work in Kansas

Charles Fite will be heading to Manhattan, Kansas, between April 3-12, 2024, to participate in fieldwork. ARL is in collaboration with the U.S. EPA and others to ignite prescribed burns at the Konza Prairie Biological Station to measure the emissions of key pollutants such as PM2.5, CO2, and CO using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and ground sensors. Fuel consumption, emission factors, and plume rise information measured from these burns will improve our representation of these fires in atmospheric dispersion models such as HYSPLIT. During the campaign, Fite will provide daily plume dispersion forecasts using HYSPLIT and fire emissions from the U.S. Forest Service Bluesky Framework, which will aid in decision-making of where and when to ignite burns. After the campaign, Fite will work with the ARL HYSPLIT team to conduct extensive analysis of the data, such as model evaluation and improvement.

Recent Events

Community Service

On 26 March, Temple Lee served as a judge at the Southern Appalachian Science and Engineering Fair, which was held at the University of Tennessee and included dozens of middle and high school students from across east Tennessee. Temple judged multiple projects in atmospheric science as well as engineering, and he helped judge for an award given by the Association for Women Geoscientists and also for one given by the Society of Women Engineers.



A paper published where Miguel Cahuich is a co-author. The work started in his past position before coming to ARL. He collaborated a couple of months ago to finish up the manuscript. 

Coelho, J. F. R., Angeles-Gonzalez, L. E., Cahuich-López, M., Mariño-Tapia, I., & Queiroz Lima, S. M. (2024). Larval dispersal and climate models provide insights into present and future distribution of a tropical sardine. Marine Biology Research, 1–14.

Derived from a past position within the group of Professor Ismael Mariño-Tapia, who was also my PhD advisor, we developed some programs to couple a Lagrangian particle dispersion model, ICHTHYOP (Lett et al., 2008) with popular ocean circulation model outputs such as HYCOM and NEMO. We shared the programs with groups whose major research area is larval dispersal, and some original research peer-reviewed papers have been produced.