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Accolades and Service

Press Release: “Improving the Understanding and Representation of Atmospheric Gravity Waves using High-Resolution Observations and Machine Learning”

October 2020

Joan Alexander, Alison Grimsdell, and Martina Bramberger are embarking on a multi-institutional NSF project that is the subject of a press release from Rice University.

Alexander offers that this talented team of scientists from Rice, NWRA, NYU, and Stanford are using Loon-balloon measurements, high-resolution models, and machine learning tools to improve how climate and weather forecasting models account for unresolved atmospheric gravity waves.

Alison Grimsdell Joan Alexander Martina Bramberger

Accolade: NWRA’s Charlie Lindsey and Doug Braun are cited in the UC Berkeley press release titled, “Can ripples on the sun help predict solar flares?”

September 2020

Excerpt – "A team of physicists from the United States, Colombia and Australia has found that part of the acoustic energy released from a flare in 2011 emanated from about 1,000 kilometers beneath the solar surface — the photosphere — and, thus, far beneath the solar flare that triggered the quake.

The results, reported today in The Astrophysical Journal Letters, come from a diagnostic technique called helioseismic holography, introduced in the late 1900s by French scientist Françoise Roddier and extensively developed by U.S. scientists Charles Lindsey and Douglas Braun, now at NorthWest Research Associates in Boulder, Colorado, and co-authors of the paper.

Helioseismic holography allows scientists to analyze acoustic waves triggered by flares to probe their sources, much as seismic waves from megaquakes on Earth allow seismologists to locate their epicenters. The technique was first applied to acoustic transients released from flares by a graduate student in Romania, Alina-Catalina Donea, under the supervision of Lindsey and Braun. Donea is now at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia."


Deserved Recognition, Charlie and Doug!

Charles Lindsey Douglas Braun