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Steve Cole
Headquarters, Washington                                   
Jim Scott
University of Colorado, Boulder
June 4, 2013
NASA Announces Major Airborne Pollution/Climate Study June 6
WASHINGTON -- NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT, Thursday, June 6, to announce a new airborne science campaign over the southern United States. The campaign will investigate how air pollution and natural emissions affect climate and the atmosphere.

The Studies of Emissions, Atmospheric Composition, Clouds and Climate Coupling by Regional Surveys campaign, or SEAC4RS, is NASA's most complex airborne mission of the year. The mission targets summertime emissions from intense forest fires in the U.S. West and natural emissions from forests in the Southeast. Flights begin in August from Houston's Ellington Field and continue through September.

The panelists for the teleconference are:
-- Brian Toon, SEAC4RS principal investigator, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder
-- Hal Maring, radiation sciences program manager, Earth Science Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington

To dial-in to the teleconference, reporters must contact Steve Cole at 202-358-0918 or with their media affiliation by 11 a.m., June 6. Questions also can be submitted via Twitter during the briefing by using the hashtag #askNASA.

To listen to the briefing live on NASA's website, visit:

For more information on the mission, visit:


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