6C: Undergraduate internship and graduate student visitor appointment

Undergraduate internship and graduate student visitor appointment to study the transport of carbon monoxide from South American fires over the 15 year MOPITT record

In June-July, 2017, the MOPITT team hosted an undergraduate summer intern (Holden Leslie-Bole, Yale University) to study the transport of carbon monoxide from South American fires over the 15-year MOPITT record. Figure 1 shows the different patterns for upper and lower tropospheric CO distributions and transport from South America using vertical profiles of CO from MOPITT.  Also in July 2017, the MOPITT team hosted a graduate student (Iris Dekker, Utrecht University, Netherlands) to collaborate on her research quantifying changes in urban carbon monoxide emissions using MOPITT data. The first study from these results was recently published (Dekker et al., 2017).

Averaged MOPITT CO concentrations (ppb) and ERA-I winds (m/s) for August-October 2010
Figure 1. Averaged MOPITT CO concentrations (ppb) and ERA-I winds (m/s) for August-October 2010 show CO transport patterns from South American biomass burning during an El Niño year. Top panel shows upper tropospheric CO and winds for 500-200 hPa. Bottom panel shows lower tropospheric CO and winds for 900-700 hPa. Figures are from the ACOM presentation by Holden Leslie-Bole, 28 July, 2017.

Reference:

Dekker, I., Houweling, S., Aben, I., Röckmann, T., Krol, M., Martínez-Alonso, S., Deeter, M., and Worden, H.: Quantification of CO emissions from the city of Madrid using MOPITT satellite retrievals and WRF simulations, Atmos. Chem. Phys., https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-2017-418, 2017.