Dr. Berrien Moore

Dr. Berrien Moore

Dr. Berrien Moore III from the University of Oklahoma will be at the Sooner Centurion Economic Summit to detail the new NASA Earth Venture Mission, GeoCarb.

In addition to Dr. Moore, the summit will feature economic development experts from Market Street Services as they reveal research on Norman and how it is competing for jobs and investment. Market Street will also be revealing next steps and expectations for Norman's economic development strategic plan.

Attendees will also hear updates from the City of Norman, Moore Norman Technology Center, the University of Oklahoma, Norman Chamber of Commerce and NEDC. To register check out the Norman Economic Development Coalition website, selectnorman.com

Berrien Moore III is a world-renowned Earth scientist who serves as Vice President of Weather and Climate Programs, Dean of the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences and Director of the National Weather Center at the University of Oklahoma, where he also holds the Chesapeake Energy Corporation Chair in Climate Studies. 

Moore is the architect and principal investigator of the Geostationary Carbon Cycle Observatory (GeoCarb), the first-of-its-kind mission selected by NASA to measure greenhouse gases and vegetation health from space. After earning his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Virginia in 1969, he joined the faculty at the University of New Hampshire, where he was named a University Distinguished Professor in 1997. He later served as the founding executive director of Climate Central, a think tank focused on climate change.

Moore is a Fellow in the American Meteorological Society and International Academy of Astronautics. His honors include, the Administrator's Award from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Dryden Lecture in Research Award of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, which is the space agency's highest form of recognition.

What is the GeoCarb Mission?

GeoCarb will provide measurements of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), and carbon monoxide (CO) from geostationary orbit. The GeoCarb mission will deliver daily maps of column concentrations of CO2, CH4, and CO over the observed landmasses in the Americas at a spatial resolution of roughly 5 x 8 km., which will establish the scientific basis for CO2 and CH4 flux determination at the unprecedented time and space scale. We are confident that this determination will produce a fundamental change in our scientific understanding of the terrestrial source/sink dynamics of the carbon cycle.

The instrument will exploit the four spectral regions: The Oxygen A-band for pressure and aerosols, the weak and strong bands of CO2 near 1.61 and 2.06 microns, and a region near 2.32 microns for CO and CH4. The O2 A-band also provides for retrieval of Solar Induced Fluoresce (SIF). Interestingly, the instrument will be "hosted" on a commercial SES Communication Satellite, which opens the door for other Earth-observing instruments to use communication satellites as a relatively low-cost ride to space.

So GeoCarb is not a New California Diet that is High in Fiber and Low in Gluten but rather a New NASA Mission that is High in Carbon and Low in Cost; High in Orbit; Low in Error; Not from Area Code 415; But from Area Code 405.