northern lights in alaska

CIRES’ Jessie Creamean (a researcher in the NOAA Physical Sciences Division) blogs about INPOP, “Ice Nucleating Particles at Oliktok Point,” which is taking place at Oliktok Point, Alaska, one of the most northern parts of the United States. Ice nucleating particles are aerosol particles suspended in Earth’s atmosphere, such as dust and bacteria, that can… Read More


Led by researchers from CIRES and NOAA’s Chemical Sciences Division, the Utah Winter Fine Particulate Study (UWFPS) will use scientific instruments aboard a NOAA Twin Otter aircraft to investigate chemistry that impacts wintertime air quality in and around Salt Lake City. Research flights are scheduled to start January 2017, with additional ground-based measurements at the… Read More


CIRES Fellow John Cassano heads back to Antarctica for his 14th trip to the southernmost continent. He’ll be using small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, to make weather and atmospheric measurements in Antarctica’s Dry Valleys; the work is collaborative with the University of Canterbury’s Peyman Zawar-Reza and Marwan Katurji. Read Cassano’s blog posts here.… Read More