Monday, May 14, 2007MEDIA ADVISORY:
Trans-Pacific Dust Trackers To Chat Live with Reporters Online
Initial findings of Pacific Dust Experiment (PACDEX) to be discussed
Scripps Institution of Oceanography / University of California, San DiegoWhat: Scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) will be available for a live, online chat with reporters on Tuesday, May 15. The scientists will discuss preliminary findings from the Pacific Dust Experiment (PACDEX), a campaign to understand the impacts of huge plumes of dust and pollutants that travel from Asia to North America, especially during spring months. The researchers will communicate with reporters during in the second major research flight of the mission over the Pacific Ocean.
When: Tuesday, May 15. NCAR will present the online chat from 1 to 2 p.m. Pacific Time, (4 to 5 p.m. Eastern Time) during a scheduled PACDEX research flight. Reporters who want to take part are invited to e-mail questions to firstname.lastname@example.org up to 30 minutes before the chat. Real-time posting of the discussion will be available at
After the chat, the questions and answers can also be viewed at http://www.ucar.edu/news/releases/2007/pacdexchat.shtml.
(NOTE: If the Gulfstream-V flight is delayed due to weather or other reasons and the chat needs to be rescheduled, Scripps Oceanography will send out a follow-up advisory.)
Where: Researchers will field questions in-flight over the Pacific Ocean and from facilities at the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport near Boulder, Colo. where PACDEX flights originate.
Who: Co-principal investigators V. Ramanathan of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, monitoring data from the ground, and Jeff Stith of NCAR, taking observations onboard a specially outfitted Gulfstream-V aircraft, will take part in the chat.
Background: The PACDEX project examines the impact of massive plumes of dust and pollutants that blow from Asia to North America. The plumes can alter global temperatures, regional precipitation patterns, and the amount of sunlight that reaches Earth. Scientists are using the nation's newest and most capable aircraft for environmental research, a modified Gulfstream-V, to fly through the plumes.
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PACDEX Fact Sheet
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Note to broadcast and cable producers: University of California, San Diego provides an on-campus satellite uplink facility for live or pre-recorded television interviews. Please phone or e-mail the media contact listed above to arrange an interview.
Scripps Institution of Oceanography, at University of California, San Diego, is one of the oldest, largest and most important centers for global science research and education in the world. The National Research Council has ranked Scripps first in faculty quality among oceanography programs nationwide Now in its second century of discovery, the scientific scope of the institution has grown to include biological, physical, chemical, geological, geophysical and atmospheric studies of the earth as a system. Hundreds of research programs covering a wide range of scientific areas are under way today in 65 countries. The institution has a staff of about 1,300, and annual expenditures of approximately $155 million from federal, state and private sources. Scripps operates one of the largest U.S. academic fleets with four oceanographic research ships and one research platform for worldwide exploration.
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