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Richard H. Moore (NASA)

Title: Research Physical Scientist 
Technical Focus Area: Atmospheric Composition, Lidar Science, Chemistry & Dynamics, Applied Science, Air Quality & Weather, Airborne Science
Group: Langley Aerosol Research Group (LARGE) 
Study Topics: aerosol-cloud-climate interactions, atmospheric composition, air quality, airborne science, aircraft engine emissions, contrails and contrail-cirrus clouds

About:

Dr. Richard Moore joined the Science Directorate at NASA’s Langley Research Center as a Research Physical Scientist in Fall of 2014. In this role, he works closely with the other members of the NASA Langley Aerosol Research Group (LARGE) and NASA Langley Lidar Applications Group to study the impacts of atmospheric aerosols on air quality, clouds, and climate. A key motivation for our work is to better understand how we can measure these atmospheric constituents from NASA’s fleet of spaceborne remote sensors. We use a variety of tools including instrumented aircraft such as the NASA DC-8, P-3B, and C-130 aircraft to directly observe the distribution of aerosols and trace gases in Earth’s atmosphere and connect them to their emissions sources.

Publication Bibliography:

https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=hMsQ9QQAAAAJ&hl=en

Publications:

  • Sanchez, K.J., et al. (in review) “Linking marine phytoplankton emissions, meteorological processes and downwind particle properties with FLEXPART”, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions, Preprint at: https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-2020-702
  • Wiggins, E.B., et al. (in review) “High Temporal Resolution Satellite Observations of Fire Radiative Power Reveal Link Between Fire Behavior and Aerosol and Gas Emissions”, Geophysical Research Letters, Preprint at: https://doi.org/10.1002/essoar.10504431.1
  • Sorooshian, A., et al. (2020) “Atmospheric Research Over the Western North Atlantic Ocean Region and North American East Coast: A Review of Past Work and Challenges Ahead”, Journal of Geophysical Research — Atmospheres. https://doi.org/10.1029/2019JD031626
  • Behrenfeld, M.J., R.H. Moore, et al. (2019) “The North Atlantic Aerosol and Marine Ecosystem Study (NAAMES): Science Motive and Mission Overview”, Frontiers in Marine Science, https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2019.00122
  • Moore, R.H., et al. (2017) “Biofuel blending reduces particle emissions from aircraft engines at cruise conditions”, Nature, https://doi.org/10.1038/nature21420
  • Sawamura, P., R.H. Moore, et al. (2017) “HSRL-2 aerosol optical measurements and microphysical retrievals vs. airborne in situ measurements during DISCOVER-AQ 2013: an intercomparison study”, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-7229-2017

Awards:

  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), 2019

  • Editor’s Citation for Excellence in Refereeing, Journal of Geophysical Research — Atmospheres,  2018

  • H.J. Reid Award for NASA Langley Research Center Best Paper of the Year, 2018

  • Lawrence Award for NASA Langley Science Directorate Best Paper of the Year, 2017

  • NASA Early Career Achievement Medal for “exceptional achievement in the conception, execution, and leadership of NASA Airborne Science missions,” 2016

Education/Professional Experience:

  • Research Physical Scientist, NASA Langley Research Center, 2014-present
  • NASA Postdoctoral Research Fellow, NASA Langley Research Center, 2012-2014 Ph.D.
  • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2011
  • M.S., Chemical Engineering, Bucknell University, 2006
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, Bucknell University, 2004

National/International Leadership:

  • Member of the Board of Directors, American Association for Aerosol Research (AAAR), elected 2021-2024
  • Guest Associate Editor for Journal of Geophysical Research — Atmospheres, appointed 2020-2021

Professional Memberships:

  • American Association for Aerosol Research (AAAR)
  • American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Related Websites:

https://science-data.larc.nasa.gov/large/

https://twitter.com/richardhmoore

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  • 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

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

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