Public Lecture On Solar Irradiance Measurement At LASP

SIM will measure how the light from the Sun is distributed by wavelength. Image Credit: LASP

SIM will measure how the light from the Sun is distributed by wavelength. Image Credit: LASP

March 26, 2015 – Odele Coddington will present a free public lecture on Solar Irradiance Measurement on Wednesday, April 1. The lecture will be held at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) Space Sciences Building Rm. W120 at 7:30 p.m.

LASP has a long history of measuring the Sun’s radiant energy from high-altitude balloons, sounding rockets, and from satellite platforms in order to understand its influences on the terrestrial environment.

LASP’s research efforts in Sun-Earth connections are end-to-end, from instrument development, build, calibration, and characterization, to mission operations, science data processing, analysis, and interpretation.

In 2017, scientists will study the Sun’s output and its contributions in the ultraviolet, visible, and near-infrared portions of the electromagnetic spectrum from a new frontier – the International Space Station (ISS).

Come learn how solar irradiance measurements, obtained from the ISS, will give researchers new insight into the Sun’s variability and its effects on all Earth-processes, including climate. Along the way, see fun videos demonstrating the technical challenges that LASP engineers are meeting in order to make measurements of the Sun from the ISS.

Dr. Coddington’s Ph.D. research focused on airborne shortwave spectral irradiance measurements with applications to atmosphere (clouds, aerosols) and surface remote sensing. Her interests include surface, air, and space measurements and modeling of shortwave spectral irradiance.

At LASP, Dr. Coddington’s professional interests include radiative transfer modeling, supporting the measurements of the Solar Spectral Flux Radiometer, and supporting the calibration and documentation efforts for the Spectral Irradiance Monitor instrument as part of the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) projected to launch in 2017.

For more information, visit the LASP web site.