VOCALS: Climate Science in the Southeast Pacific
For six weeks this October and November, the VOCALS Science team will be in South America studying the climate of the Southeast Pacific region. The team is looking at how the ocean, clouds, atmosphere, and land interact.
Scientists will be sending in virtual postcards to Windows to the Universe describing their experiences in the field.
The most recent postcards are given first, followed by links to lists of postcards sorted by submitter name or submission date. To find out more about the person submitting the postcard, click on their name to reach a brief biography that explains who they are and what they're doing on the campaign.
Women at sea from Dr. Paquita Zuidema, November 27, 2008
Sunset Drizzle from Jake Crouch, November 21, 2008
Solar Noon from Dr. Paquita Zuidema, November 18, 2008
Night Launch from Jake Crouch, November 16, 2008
Peregrine Falcon at Sea! from Dr. Paquita Zuidema, November 15, 2008
Airplanes of different sizes from Dr. Patrick Chuang, November 13, 2008
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