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NES Video Chat: Atmospheric Remote Sensing From Satellites
May 7, 2013

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Date: May 7, 2013
Time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
Topic: Atmospheric Remote Sensing From Satellites
Grades: 5-12
Subject: Earth Science: Meteorology
Careers: Bill Hunt is an engineer who evaluates the performance of a laser on the Cloud-Aerosol LiDAR and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observation, or CALIPSO, project. LiDAR is an acronym for Light Detection And Ranging.
Linda Hunt is a senior computer scientist. She is responsible for writing computer programs that analyze satellite measurements of Earth's upper atmosphere.

Bill Hunt is an engineer for an instrument, Cloud-Aerosol LiDAR and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observation, or CALIPSO, on satellites. This instrument is used to collect data on Earth’s atmosphere. During this video chat, Hunt answered student questions about the laser called LiDAR that is on CALIPSO. LiDAR stands for Light Detection And Ranging. LiDAR provides Earth science researchers with data so they can address key questions about our weather and climate.

Bill Hunt attended graduate school in physics at Princeton University. He earned a Bachelor of Science in physics, and Master of Arts in physics, from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va.

Bill Hunt's other passion is music. He is a member of a contra dance band called Friends of Appalachian Music and a smaller group called Orion, which plays traditional American and Celtic music.

Linda Hunt is a senior computer scientist. She answered student questions about satellite instruments, Sounding of the Atmosphere using Broadband Emission Radiometry, or SABER. SABER takes measurements in the upper regions of Earth's atmosphere. The data collated by this instrument gives scientists more information about our weather and climate.

Hunt was born in Alexandria, Va., but attended Central High School in Watford in the United Kingdom. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics, a Master of Science in computer science, and a Master of Science in atmospheric science from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va.

Her hobbies are a cappella chorus and quartet, travel, crafts, and reading.

Related Resources:
›  CALIPSO →  
›  SABER Fact Sheet
›  CALIPSO Image Gallery →  
›  CALIPSO Video Gallery →  
›  CALIPSO Mission Web Site
›  NASA eClips™: Light Detection and Ranging (video)
›  SABER →  
›  NASA Science News: Solar Storm Dumps Gigawatts into Earth's Upper Atmosphere →  
›  SABER Reveals the Upper Atmosphere's "Breathing" Pattern, In Rhythm With the Sun

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Bill and Linda Hunt will answer student questions about NASA's Earth-observing satellites, which are used by scientists to study Earth's atmosphere.
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