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NAAMES Program Education & Outreach

NAAMES Educational Chats

November 17, 2015

Ms. Scribner's class from Eisenhower High School in Kansas Ms. Scribner's class from Eisenhower High School in Kansas
On Tuesday, November 17, 2015 NAAMES Educational Chats reached 99 students and 3 teachers in 5 classrooms located in Maryland, Illinois and Kansas.
The images shown above are from Ms. Scribner’s class from Eisenhower High School in Kansas.

NASA GSFC YouTube Feature

ClimateBits: Phytoplankton

September 21, 2017

Mission Tools Suite for Education

The Mission Tools Suite for Education (MTSE) connects K-12 Classrooms from across the United States and around the world with NASA Airborne Science Program NAAMES scientists during the course of each deployment.
Students and teachers can track the position of the C-130 aircraft in real-time and view live camera feeds from
a high definition camera onboard the aircraft. Satellite data products and environmental data from the aircraft
allow students to plot aircraft altitude, speed, temperature, wind speed, etc. in real-time.
Live text chats between classrooms and the NAAMES aircraft scientists allow students and teachers to ask questions
directly through the website with login information that we provide to them. Multiple classrooms can log in during the same flight.
Chat scheduling and organization coordinated before and during the flights by NSERC.
Teachers wanting to use MTSE in their classroom to interact with the NAAMES science team should contact Dr. Emily Schaller and reference the “NAAMES EVS-2 Mission”.

Classroom Resources

The GLOBE Program

Visit MND Site
My NASA Data Activities and Lesson Plans Related to NAAMES Science:

NASA Wavelength NAAMES-Specific Resources for Earth and Space Science Education

NASA resources related to the study of ocean ecosystems and how they impact the atmosphere, including

  • Studying Ocean Plankton from Space
  • In-Water Optics and Ocean Color Remote Sensing using littleBits™
  • Carbon Cycle
  • Phytoplankton Blooms and Ocean Warming

Resources are linked to AAAS benchmarks.

Bigelow Laboratory Ocean Biology Education Resources

Scientific background information, multiple lesson plan modules, and links
to additional web content related to three topical areas that are relevant for NAAMES:
1) Phytoplankton, 2) Food Chains or Webs?, 3) From Microscopes to Satellites.
All material is linked to Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning Educational Content Standards.

Teachable Optics: Absorption, Scattering, and the Color of the Ocean by E. Boss
Link to a PDF on the IOCCG website of Dr. Emmanuel Boss’s 2005 Optics and Photonics News paper
discussing a series of easy science classroom exercises about how shining light through glasses
of water mixed with different food colorings affects (through absorption and scattering) the colors that we perceive.
During NAAMES, Dr. Boss and his team use instruments to measure how the optical properties of
the ocean change depending on the water composition (for example, the presence or absence of phytoplankton).

Ocean Optics Web Book
A web-based education and reference book introducing ocean optics topics such as: Light and Radiometry,
Optical Oceanography, Absorption, Scattering, Optical Constituents of the Ocean, Radiative Transfer Theory,
Remote Sensing, Monte Carlo Simulations, and Surfaces. There is also a very extensive reference page with
brief definitions of a variety of ocean and optical science terms.

Marine Data Literacy
A thorough examination of various current in situ ocean data sets as well as mapping and visualization tools.
Included are a large number of analysis methods and exercises.

International Ocean-Colour Coordinating Group (IOCCG)
A group consisting of the ocean color data providers (space agencies) and the international user communities
(scientists, managers) to coordinate and synthesize the global satellite ocean color radiometric records.

IOCCG Lecture Notes
Powerpoint slides and lecture notes from a number of years of IOCCG-sponsored Summer Lecture Series
and Short Courses focused on a variety of ocean color topics.

+ Visit the Multimedia page for recent news articles and features that provide an introductory-level description of the NAAMES project.

  • CAPABLE/CRAVE Full Site Photo from left to right site enclosures: 1196A NASA LaRC, MPLnet, Virginia DEQ
    CAPABLE/CRAVE Full Site Photo from left to right site enclosures: 1196A NASA LaRC, MPLnet, Virginia DEQ

  • NASA LaRC NAST-I and HU ASSIST side-by-side for intercomparison
    NASA LaRC NAST-I and HU ASSIST side-by-side for intercomparison

  • Virginia DEQ, NASA and Penn State-NATIVE Enclosures (from right to left)
    Virginia DEQ, NASA and Penn State-NATIVE Enclosures (from right to left)

  • Ozone-sonde away.
    Ozone-sonde away.
  • About to lift.
    About to lift.
PurpleAir PA-II-SD Air Quality Sensor
Laser Particle Counters
Type (2) PMS5003
Range of measurement 0.3, 0.5, 1.0, 2.5, 5.0, & 10 μm
Counting efficiency 50% at 0.3μm & 98% at ≥0.5μm
Effective range
(PM2.5 standard)*
0 to 500 μg/m³
Maximum range (PM2.5 standard)* ≥1000 μg/m³
Maximum consistency error (PM2.5 standard) ±10% at 100 to 500μg/m³ & ±10μg/m³ at 0 to 100μg/m³
Standard Volume 0.1 Litre
Single response time ≤1 second
Total response time ≤10 seconds
Pressure, Temperature, & Humidity Sensor
Type BME280
Temperature range -40°F to 185°F (-40°C to 85°C)
Pressure range 300 to 1100 hPa
Humidity Response time (τ63%): 1 s
Accuracy tolerance: ±3% RH
Hysteresis: ≤2% RH

Pandora capabilities










Total Column O3, NO2, HCHO, SO2, H2O, BrO

0.01 DU

0.1 DU



Virginia Department of Environment Quality in-situ instrumentation






Thermo Scientific 42C (Molybdenum converter)

60 s

NO and NOx

50 pptv


Teledyne API 200EU w/ photolytic converter
(EPA) PI-Szykman

20 s


50 pptv


Thermo Scientific 49C (VADEQ)

20 s


1 ppbv


Thermo Scientific 48i (VADEQ)

60 s


40 ppbv


Thermo Scientific 43i (VADEQ)

80 s


0.2 ppbv


Thermo Scientific 1400AB TEOM (VADEQ)

600 s

PM2.5 (continuous)


1 3%

Thermo Scientific Partisol Plus 2025 (VADEQ)

24 hr

PM2.5 (filter-based FRM)- 1/3 days



Large area view.
Latitude: 37.1038
Longitude: -76.3872
Elevation: 3 m Above sea level
Scenes: urban, marsh, bay, river and farm.


  • The inner red circle is a 20km CERES foot print centered on the BSRN-LRC site.
  • The pink circle represents a possible tangential 20km foot print.
  • The middle red circle represents the area in which a 20km foot print could fall and still see the site.
  • Yellow is a sample 40 deg off nadir foot print.
  • The outer red circle is the region which would be seen by a possible 40 deg off nadir foot print.
The BSRN-LRC sun tracker at the NASA Langley Research Center on a snowy day (02/20/2015) The BSRN-LRC sun tracker at the NASA Langley Research Center on a snowy day (02/20/2015)
CAPABLE-BSRN Google Site Location Image

Team Satellite Sensor G/L Dates Number of obs Phase angle range (°)
CMA FY-3C MERSI LEO 2013-2014 9 [43 57]
CMA FY-2D VISSR GEO 2007-2014
CMA FY-2E VISSR GEO 2010-2014
CMA FY-2F VISSR GEO 2012-2014
JMA MTSAT-2 IMAGER GEO 2010-2013 62 [-138,147]
JMA GMS5 VISSR GEO 1995-2003 50 [-94,96]
JMA Himawari-8 AHI GEO 2014- -
EUMETSAT MSG1 SEVIRI GEO 2003-2014 380/43 [-150,152]
EUMETSAT MSG2 SEVIRI GEO 2006-2014 312/54 [-147,150]
EUMETSAT MSG3 SEVIRI GEO 2013-2014 45/7 [-144,143]
EUMETSAT MET7 MVIRI GEO 1998-2014 128 [-147,144]
CNES Pleiades-1A PHR LEO 2012 10 [+/-40]
CNES Pleiades-1B PHR LEO 2013-2014 10 [+/-40]
NASA-MODIS Terra MODIS LEO 2000-2014 136 [54,56]
NASA-MODIS Aqua MODIS LEO 2002-2014 117 [-54,-56]
NASA-VIIRS NPP VIIRS LEO 2012-2014 20 [50,52]
NASA-OBPG SeaStar SeaWiFS LEO 1997-2010 204 (<10, [27-66])
NASA/USGS Landsat-8 OLI LEO 2013-2014 3 [-7]
NOAA-STAR NPP VIIRS LEO 2011-2014 19 [-52,-50]
NOAA GOES-10 IMAGER GEO 1998-2006 33 [-66, 81]
NOAA GOES-11 IMAGER GEO 2006-2007 10 [-62, 57]
NOAA GOES-12 IMAGER GEO 2003-2010 49 [-83, 66]
NOAA GOES-15 IMAGER GEO 2012-2013 28 [-52, 69]
VITO Proba-V VGT-P LEO 2013-2014 25 [-7]
KMA COMS MI GEO 2010-2014 60
AIST Terra ASTER LEO 1999-2014 1 -27.7
ISRO OceanSat2 OCM-2 LEO 2009-2014 2

The NASA Prediction Of Worldwide Energy Resources (POWER) Project improves the accessibility and usage NASA Earth Observations (EO) supporting community research in three focus areas: 1) renewable energy development, 2) building energy efficiency, and 3) agroclimatology applications. The latest POWER version enhances its distribution systems to provide the latest NASA EO source data, be more resilient, support users more effectively, and provide data more efficiently. The update will include hourly-based source Analysis Ready Data (ARD), in addition to enhanced daily, monthly, annual, and climatology ARD. The daily time-series now spans 40 years for meteorology available from 1981 and solar-based parameters start in 1984. The hourly source data are from Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES) and Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO), spanning 20 years from 2001.

The newly available hourly data will provide users the ARD needed to model the energy performance of building systems, providing information directly amenable to decision support tools introducing the industry standard EPW (EnergyPlus Weather file). One of POWER’s partners, Natural Resource Canada’s RETScreen™, will be simultaneously releasing a new version of its software, which will have integrated POWER hourly and daily ARD products. For our agroclimatology users, the ICASA (International Consortium for Agricultural Systems Applications standards) format for the crop modelers has been modernized.

POWER is releasing new user-defined analytic capabilities, including custom climatologies and climatological-based reports for parameter anomalies, ASHRAE® compatible climate design condition statistics, and building climate zones. The ARD and climate analytics will be readily accessible through POWER's integrated services suite, including the Data Access Viewer (DAV). The DAV has been improved to incorporate updated parameter groupings, new analytical capabilities, and the new data formats. Updated methodology documentation and usage tutorials, as well as application developer specific pages, allow users to access to POWER Data efficiently.

+Visit the POWER Program Site to Learn More.