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Marilé Colón Robles (SSAI)

Title: Project Scientist for NASA GLOBE Clouds
Technical Focus Area: Science Education & Outreach
Study Topics: citizen science, clouds

About:

Marilé Colón Robles is the project scientist for NASA GLOBE Clouds and an education outreach coordinator at NASA Langley Research Center with Science Systems and Applications, Inc. She engages with students and teachers through the GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) Program, NASA’s largest and longest lasting citizen science project about the Earth, with participants from over 120 countries around the world. Mrs. Colón Robles is the recipient of the 2017 Women of Color STEM Award for Educational Leadership – Corporate Promotion of Education for her passion to expose as many students, particularly those in underserved communities, to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and has been recognized during multiple NASA Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations. Marilé received her B.S. degree in chemistry from University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, her M.S. degree in atmospheric sciences from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and she completed the Endeavor STEM Teaching Certificate Program in STEM Education through the Teachers College of Columbia University. Mrs. Colón Robles was born and raised in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico. She now lives in Yorktown, VA and is a wife and mother of two beautiful girls, an accomplished musician, and an avid volleyball player.

Publication Bibliography:

Select Publications:

  • Colón Robles, M., Amos, H. M., Dodson, J. B., Bouwman, J., Rogerson, T. M., Bombosch, A., Farmer, L., & Taylor, J. E. (2020). Clouds around the world: How a simple data challenge became a worldwide success. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 101, E1201–E1213, https://doi.org/10.1175/BAMS-D-19-0295.1

  • Amos, H.M, M.J. Starke, T.M. Rogerson, M. Colón Robles, T. Andersen, R. Boger, B. Campbell, R. D. Low, P. Nelson, D. Overoye, J.E. Taylor, K.L. Weaver, T.M. Ferrell, H. Kohl (2020). GLOBE Observer Data: 2016-2019 Earth and Space Science, 7, e2020EA001175. https://doi.org/10.1029/2020EA001175

  • Jensen, J.B., Beaton, S.T., Stith, J.L., Schwenz, K., Colón Robles, M., Rauber, R., Gras, J., (2020). The Giant Nucleus Impactor (GNI) – A System for the Impaction and Automated Optical Sizing of Giant Aerosol Particles with Emphasis on Sea Salt. Part I: Basic Instrument and Algorithms. J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol., 37, 1551–1569, https://doi.org/10.1175/JTECH-D-19-0109.1

  • Colón Robles, M., Bouwman, J., and Smith-Long, C., (2019). Integrating Tech: Making Science Come Alive With Clouds. NSTA Science Scope, vol. 43, no. 4, November 2019. pp. 8-12. https://observer.globe.gov/documents/19589576/52621820/NSTA+Science+SCOPE+Integrating+Tech+with+Clouds/8da3cd4b-8832-47e4-85f4-feee021b7fdb

  • Dodson, J.B., Colón Robles, M., Taylor J.E., DeFontes, C.C., Weaver K.L., (2019). Eclipse Across America: Citizen Science Observations of the 21 August 2017 Total Solar Eclipse. Journal of Applied Meteorology & Climatology, https://doi.org/10.1175/JAMC-D-18-0297.1

Virtual Presentations:

Awards:

  • Women of Color STEM Achievement Award for Educational Leadership (2017) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcF5V7o7TzU
  • Science Systems and Applications Inc.’s Chairman’s Innovation Award for the 2018 GLOBE Clouds Spring Cloud Challenge (2018),
  • NASA Langley Mentoring Awards (2019)
  •  National Center for Atmospheric Research’s Advanced Study Program Graduate Fellowship to study the role of clouds in modifying the aerosol distribution (2007)
  • Minority Access to Research Careers Fellowship for Undergraduate Research (2003)

Professional Memberships:

  • American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • American Meteorological Society (AMS)
  • NASA Langley’s Hispanic Employee Advisory Committee (HEAC), Officer, https://odeo.larc.nasa.gov/ergs/heac/
  • Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) member

Professional Experience:

  • Trained in Culturally Relevant Pedagogy & STEM Equity
  • Experience in Digital Badges and MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) platforms
  • Experienced Educator Professional Development Specialist
  • Experienced Education Specialist in development of education content in Spanish and in English

Hobbies:

volleyball, hiking, puzzles

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

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  • 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

Instrument

Response

Parameter

Precision

Uncertainty

Range

Resolution

Pandora

~2min

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

0.01 DU

0.1 DU

 

 

Virginia Department of Environment Quality in-situ instrumentation

Instrument

Response

Parameter

Precision

Uncertainty

Thermo Scientific 42C (Molybdenum converter)
(VADEQ)

60 s

NO and NOx

50 pptv

3%

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

20 s

NO2

50 pptv

 

Thermo Scientific 49C (VADEQ)

20 s

O3

1 ppbv

4%

Thermo Scientific 48i (VADEQ)

60 s

CO

40 ppbv

5%

Thermo Scientific 43i (VADEQ)

80 s

SO2

0.2 ppbv

5%

Thermo Scientific 1400AB TEOM (VADEQ)

600 s

PM2.5 (continuous)

µg/m3

1 3%

Thermo Scientific Partisol Plus 2025 (VADEQ)

24 hr

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

 

 

BSRN-LRC-49
Large area view.
Latitude: 37.1038
Longitude: -76.3872
Elevation: 3 m Above sea level
Scenes: urban, marsh, bay, river and farm.

Legend

  • 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]
NASA OCO-2 OCO LEO 2014
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-13 IMAGER GEO 2006 11
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
ISRO INSAT-3D IMAGER GEO 2013-2014 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.

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