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Academy Fellows Speaker Series: Berrien Moore III, Ph.D.

February 6, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm CST

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Presented by the Presidential Task Force on Research Excellence

In partnership with the President and Academic Affairs, the Office of Research, Economic Development, and Knowledge Enterprise (REDKE) has launched a series of lectures by prominent Academy Fellows. The series began in spring 2019 in concert with the celebration of UTSA’s 50th anniversary with the goal of exposing the campus community to the internationally recognized innovations of these scholars while showcasing the talent and expertise of our own faculty, staff and students. Becoming a member of a national or international academy solidifies a faculty member’s scholarly and research accomplishments, celebrating not only the scholar’s accomplishments but also the institution in being recognized as a premier academic and research university.

Speakers represent a variety of disciplines that intersect with research specialties across the UTSA knowledge enterprise.

Berrien Moore III, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Atmospheric & Geographic Sciences and Chesapeake Energy Corporation Chair in Climate Studies, University of Oklahoma
Director, National Weather Center | >> Biography

Abstract: The second NASA Earth Venture Mission, Geostationary Carbon Cycle Observatory (GeoCarb), will provide measurements of the concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), carbon monoxide (CO), and solar-induced fluorescence (SIF) from Geostationary Orbit (GEO) at 103ºW. It is known that the concentration of carbon dioxide has increased by nearly 50% from its pre-industrial value (circa 1750) and methane concentration has tripled. The fundamental roadblock to advancing knowledge of the carbon cycle is uncertainty about land-atmosphere CO2 and CH4 fluxes, and how they vary in the Carbon-Weather-Climate System. GeoCarb will be unique in flying in a geostationary orbit and providing persistent measurements of CO2, CH4, CO, and SIF, allowing it to contribute significantly to resolving actual anthropogenic carbon emissions as well as illuminating biotic processes that control land-atmosphere CO2 and CH4 fluxes at urban to regional to continental scales. This will provide the foundation for essential improvements in modeled biogeochemical processes in Earth System Models as well as monitor the response of the biosphere to disturbance, such as land-use change and weather and climate events. This is essential to improve understanding of the Carbon-Weather-Climate System.

This lecture will highlight the changes in methane and carbon dioxide; the structure of the GeoCarb Mission, the roles of the GeoCarb observations, and the emerging Global Carbon Observing System.

February 6, 2020 | 6:00 PM-7:30PM
Location:  UTSA Main Campus, John Peace Library, Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22)

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February 6, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm