Student Features

Lin Chambers
03.11.04
Lin Chambers
Lin Chambers
Lin Chambers
Physical Scientist, Climate and Radiation Studies
Director, CERES S'COOL Project

Although I was trained as an engineer, I now work as an atmospheric scientist at NASA's Langley Research Center. I spend a great deal of time on education and outreach. I guess that proves that what you study in college does not set the rest of your life in stone.

My main job is with the CERES science team. CERES stands for "Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System". CERES is an instrument onboard NASA satellites. It's used to study the effects clouds have on the Earth's climate. I try to understand and interpret the instrument's measurements. This is a very interesting and challenging problem because satellites are looking at Earth from way out in space and don't always identify clouds accurately.

This project is what led me toward education. I developed the S'COOL project to get additional information for our instrument and to tell the public about what we're doing. S'COOL stands for "Students' Cloud Observations On-Line". S'COOL students observe and report data on clouds from the ground, while CERES observes clouds from above. Scientists know there's a problem when the students see something different than what CERES shows.



Written by Lin Chambers
Edited by Dan Stillman, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies