Anna Klene | Professor, Geography
"60 Years of NASA and the Atmosphere"
Anna Klene is a geographer and climatologist who studies Arctic and alpine landscapes. She is a co-private investigator on the National Science Foundation's Circumpolar Active Layer Monitoring (CALM) Project, which studies permafrost (frozen ground) in natural and urban settings in Alaska and other cold regions. She and her students also have worked on microclimate variability, mapping rare plant habitats and geomorphology in Montana. She teaches courses on weather and climate, as well as GIS and remote sensing using satellite imagery.
Lecture Synopsis: It was 57 years from the first human airplane flight to the first human space flight - and that was 58 years ago. In honor of the 60th anniversary of NASA, we will look at how our understanding of weather and climate has evolved. U.S. bombing raids over Japan in WWII inform our predictions of this winter's Polar Vortex. NASA and UM students still use balloons (and sometimes unmanned aerial vehicles or drones) to make a wide variety of atmospheric observations. We have learned much about our atmosphere while trying to figure out how to escape it!