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South Carolina Minority Serving Institution – Faculty Engagement


Sea Surface Salinity Study Based on the NASA Astrobiology roadmap, Dr. Meenu Shukla-Dennis’ SC NASA EPSCoR MSI project explored the Sea Surface Salinity project at NASA and used field data to: • Analyze the available sea surface salinity data and seek patterns of impacts on South Carolina Coasts • Develop related learning modules for second year students in the Associate in Science program at the institution • Coordinate a research experience of students at NASA center related to Aquarius project.

Ashley Bryant analyzing salinity data at Denmark Technical College.

The Aquarius/SAC-D (Satellite for Scientific Applications-D) mission is a joint venture between NASA and the Argentinean Space Agency (CONAE). The mission features the sea surface salinity sensor Aquarius and is the first mission with the primary goal of measuring sea surface salinity (SSS) from space. Data from Aquarius will play a large role in understanding both climate change and the global water cycle. At Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), we were introduced to a whole new world of research. It was amazing how everyday data is acquired by just one click. Aquarius enabled us to explore the sea surface salinity while comfortably viewing the data in South Carolina.

Cara York explaining SSS to SRNLS administrator during DOE workshop.

Dr. Meenu Shukla-Dennis, Science PI, Denmark Technical College

Theresa Martinez, PMP, NASA Technical Monitor, Kennedy Space Center

NASA EPSCoR Stimuli 2014-15



EPSCoR Stimuli 2014-15  

NASA Office of Education’s Aerospace Research & Career Development (ARCD) is pleased to release NASA EPSCoR Stimuli, a collection of univers...

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