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High Three decades of aircraft-aided atmospheric research at CIRES

has been an atmospheric scientist at hen a oneNOAA since 1979. seat, one-pilot Only two years earlier than the “Gary Powers 1987 flight, scientists had alerted the spy plane” flew international community that a hole directly into the in the ozone layer had appeared over Antarctic ozone hole in 1987, the Antarctic; this is the layer of gas it didn’t just clarify one of that shields Earth from the sun’s harmthe decade’s most important ful ultraviolet radiation. But while scientific mysteries—it also scientists didn’t dispute the findings, cemented the value of aircraft controversy prevailed over what exmissions in the ever-evolving by Jane Palmer actly had caused this hole to develop field of atmospheric science. and, more importantly, what to do about it. “A lot of our research productivity over the last few Enter the National Aeronautics and Space Admindecades is intimately tied to being able to put instruistration (NASA) ER-2 aircraft and an international ments on airplanes and take those airplanes to interteam of scientists determined to—in the words of esting places,” said CIRES Fellow David Fahey, who

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Spheres: 45th Anniversary Edition  

A periodic magazine covering the broad range of research done at the Cooperative Institute for Environmental Sciences at the University of C...

Spheres: 45th Anniversary Edition  

A periodic magazine covering the broad range of research done at the Cooperative Institute for Environmental Sciences at the University of C...

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