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Workshop: Utilization of NASA Satellite Data for Air Quality Applications
Gold Coast Campus, 4-7th April 2011The NASA Applied Sciences Program in cooperation with the Atmospheric Environment Research Centre are holding a short training workshop on the use of satellite data in the atmospheric sciences, particularly aerosols, clouds and air quality monitoring. The course will be presented by Richard Kleidman of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Centre and Science Systems and Applications, Inc.
The workshop will cover:
- Basics of Remote Sensing > instruments, orbits, data formats & products
- Principles of Remote Sensing > retrieval characteristics, critical use of data, Remote Sensing capabilities for air quality
- Specific Sensors & Products > MODIS Aerosols, OMI (NO2, O2) and CALIPSO
- Visualization Tools > RapidFire, LAADS L2/L3 Browser, Giovanni, AERONET, Google Earth
- Data Reliability & Applicability > cloud contamination, land-surface issues, resolution, calibration, footprints, noise & systematic errors
- Making Ground-level Assessments > applying satellite data and understanding of vertical distribution of aerosols & gases to real-world problems
- Hands-on Case Studies > haze, dust, smoke events and long-range transport of air pollutants
Student: $AU350. General: $AU450
The registration fee includes 3.5 day Workshop and one Workshop dinner. Please note the registration fee is heavily subsidised by NASA and AERC.
There are limited spaces available. To register your interest please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
E-waste2010 - South Pacific Regional Workshop on Electronic Waste, 21 July 2010
Griffith University hosted E-waste2010 South Pacific Regional E-waste Workshop on 21 July 2010 at the Sofitel, Brisbane, Australia. E-waste2010 was sponsored by the Brisbane City Council, The Department of Environment and Resource Management, Close the Loop Limited, Boliden Mineral AB and the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association, and was supported by the United Nation's StEP Initiative, the Secretariat of the Basel Convention, the Australian Information Industry Association, Product Stewardship Australia and the Consumer Electronics Suppliers' Association.
E-waste2010 was well attended with over 100 delegates from the South Pacific Region participating in the event. Delegates also travelled from across the globe to attend E-waste2010. The Keynote Address by Christian Hageluken from Umicore Precious Metals Refinery in Germany was of great interest, as were the 14 Plenary Presentations, from local, national and international speakers.
The afternoon discussion session, whereby delegates formed groups to discuss key e-waste issues, proved very productive and the points raised were presented to all delegates in the final session of the day. These key points will be compiled and submitted to StEP to help drive the agenda for the StEP Workshop on E-waste to be held in Brisbane in 2011.
Dust-Phytoplankton-Carbon International Workshop, 11-13 May 2010, Brisbane, Australia
This workshop aimed to address the issue of demonstrating a link between dust deposited into the oceans and subsequent phytoplankton blooms and draw down of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. It focused on the Australian dust storms of 2002 and the subsequent anomalous draw down of carbon dioxide observed in the Southern Ocean shortly after the deposition of dust from these events.
Seminar: Prof Maurice Levasseur, Département de biologie (Québec-Océan), Université Laval, Québec, Canada, February 2010 Biography – Professor Maurice Levasseur is at Laval University where he holds the Canada Research Chair on Plankton-Climate Interactions and leads the Québec-Océan Research Center. His main expertise is on the biological production of the climatically active trace gas dimethylsulfide (DMS), and on the impact of dust on Arctic and Subarctic oceanic ecosystems.
The productivity of more than 25% of the world’s oceans is limited by Fe. These areas, referred to as High-Nutrient, Low-Chlorophyll (HNLC) regions, are found in the Southern Ocean, the Equatorial Pacific, and the North subarctic Pacific. HNLC regions are supplied with Fe via different mechanisms: sporadically via the deposition of aeolian dust, by mixing or diffusion and lateral advection. The relative contribution of these natural sources of Fe varies in time and space, with aeolian deposition dominating in regions adjacent to and downwind of the dust sources during windy periods, and mixing or advection further away from these sources. Here we will compare how these different modes of Fe supply influence the North-East Pacific plankton ecosystem with a special focus on the biological production of the cooling biogenic gaz dimethylsulfure (DMS).
Seminar: Dr Leng Leng Lim, 10th June 2010Dr Lim is a recent appointment to Griffith in BPS and new member of the Centre. Dr Lim's research interests include modelling of the atmospheric transport of particles. In her talk Dr Lim presented some mathematical models for modelling of volcanic ashfall and for modelling of influenza
MODSIM09 and IMACS Conference, 13-17th July 2009, Cairns, Australia
MSSANZ and IMACS held their 18th conferences jointly, at the Cairns Convention Centre. The theme for the Conference was “Interfacing Mathematics and Computing, with Modeling and Simulation” and brought together a broad spectrum of scientists and engineers who apply mathematical modeling, simulation, statistical engineering, spatial and computer sciences, methodologies and skills to tackle and solve practical problems arising in a wide range of endeavours including environmental and global change, water resources management, health care biological simulation and engineering.