“First: thanks,” said Barry Huebert, a professor of oceanography at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, who gave a research talk. Huebert used data from NOAA’s Mauna Loa Observatory (MLO) to analyze patterns in atmospheric particles called aerosols, which can influence both air quality and climate. “The staff at MLO is fantastic,” Huebert said. “It’s hard to imagine how much they do there, and how much we all rely on them.” ESRL’s Global Monitoring Division operates Mauna Loa as one of five baseline atmospheric observatories that stretch from northern Alaska to the Antarctic. The others are in Barrow, Alaska; Trinidad Head, Calif.; American Samoa; and the South Pole.
Jim Butler, director of ESRL’s Global Monitoring Division, opened the 36th annual monitoring conference with a commitment to continue and improve upon the division’s atmospheric monitoring, data collection, and analysis. Below are summaries from a few talks.