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Gretchen Cook-Anderson
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-0836)

Jana Goldman
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Silver Spring, Md.
(Phone: 301/713-2483)

David Sims
University of New Hampshire, Durham, N.H.
(Phone: 603/862-5369)

July 15, 2004
NASA, NOAA And New Hampshire Officials Discuss Key Air Quality Study
On Monday, July 26, NASA and other U.S. partner organizations will discuss the New England Air Quality study. The study is part of the Intercontinental Chemical Transport Experiment-North America (INTEX-NA), which will measure the movements of pollution around the globe as part of a joint regional air-quality and climate study of unprecedented scope. The first phase of the two-part experiment began July 1 and will run through August 19.

Media will be able to visit NASA's DC-8 aircraft and tour National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Research Ship Ronald H. Brown. They also will be able to visit other aircraft used in the largest air quality study being conducted in New England. In addition there will be opportunities to meet the lead scientists for the mission, Dr. Jim Gleason and Dr. Hanwant Singh, and others working on the project, at the halfway point of the field study.

    What: Media day and press conference for New England Air Quality Study, part of the International Consortium for Atmospheric Research on Transport and Transformation (ICARTT) study.

    Where: Portsmouth Port Authority Dock, Portsmouth, N.H.

    When: 9:30 a.m. EDT -- Dockside press conference with NASA Associate Administrator for Earth Science Ghassem Asrar; U.S. Sen. Judd Gregg; NOAA Administrator Conrad C. Lautenbacher; and Ann Hart, President, University of New Hampshire (UNH), Durham, N.H.

    10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. EDT -- Visit to Pease International Tradeport for tours of aircraft used in the study and to speak to scientists coordinating land and sea operations.

    1:30 p.m. EDT -- Two-hour cruise as ship begins second leg of field study in the Gulf of Maine.

    3:30 p.m. EDT-- At-sea transfer to UNH ship Gulf Challenger for return to Portsmouth dock. Please note this is an at-sea transfer and includes using a Jacob's ladder to move from one ship to another.

Media interested in covering the second leg of field study aboard the Ronald H. Brown must contact Jana Goldman at NOAA by July 21 on (301) 713-2483. Space on the Brown is limited. Those going aboard should wear appropriate clothing and closed-toe shoes with rubber soles.

For more information and images on the Internet, visit:

For more information on the INTEX-NA campaign on the Internet, visit:


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