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Last updated 16 May, 2001


Second China Dust Storm Reaches USA
April 24, 2001
"A small Asian dust storm, with about one-fifth the haze effect of the previous storm, is passing over Colorado Tuesday. The storm came from the same region of the China-Mongolia area as the previous storm, which blanketed Colorado from April 14 to 18." The dust from this storm is concentrated between 7 and 9 kilometers," according to Russ Schnell, director of observatories for NOAA's Climate Monitoring and Diagnostics Laboratory in Boulder, Colo."

Researchers Achieve Best Global Picture Ever of Climate-Modifying Aerosol Particles
April 19, 2001
"In a polluted city, it is hard to miss the murky skies created by the tiny particles called aerosols (mostly sulfate, carbon, dust, salt, and nitrate). But, scientists have been hard- pressed to track the global behavior of aerosols, which influence climate, along with visibility and human health."

China Dust Cloud
National Public Radio
(type "dust" in the search field and then select "China Dust Storms" to find the link)
April 19, 2001
"NPR's Howard Berkes reports a huge dust cloud that started in the deserts of Mongolia in western China has gradually made its way east, picking up industrial pollution on the way. It has now crossed the Pacific and reached North America, creating a haze from Arizona to western Canada. (audio 4:30 minutes)"

China Dust Storm Moves Across USA
April 19, 2001
"The dust plume from Asia that hung over the West, particularly Colorado, moved on yesterday to the East Coast. "The cloud stretches from Hudson Bay to Northern Florida, but should be moving off the coast now," said Russ Schnell with NOAA's Climate Monitoring and Diagnostics Laboratory in Boulder, Colo. Schnell said the cloud was observed yesterday over New Hampshire and Maryland with laser radars or "lidar". There are also reports of a remnant of the dust storm over Alaska."

China Dust Storm Strikes US
April 18, 2001
"A dust storm that began two weeks ago on the Mongolian-China border reached the U.S. this week, blanketing areas from Canada to Arizona with a layer of dust. In Denver and along the foothills of the Rockies, the mountains were obscured by the haze. Russ Schnell, director of observatory operations for NOAA's Climate Monitoring and Diagnostics Laboratory in Boulder, Colo., said the dust has been swirling in for a few days but is now on its way out of the Colorado area. "It's moving on now and is being diluted by clouds and weather systems. It was very unusual for this dust cloud to have hung together as long as it did," said Schnell."

National Education Association: For Your Information
April 11, 2001 (Published Under "For You Information" - no longer available)
"Your students this month can follow NOAA "Teacher-at-Sea" Susan Carty as she sails the globe looking at the role of aerosols in the climate. Follow her daily logs, see live broadcasts from the ship, and ask questions online."

Join Our Teacher At Sea On Her Exciting Adventure
NOAA Research
April 9, 2001
"NOAA’s Office of Global Programs (OGP) has engaged Susan Carty, a science teacher from Stetson Middle School in Pennsylvania, to sail on the NOAA Research Vessel Ronald H. Brown as part of the ACE-Asia field campaign. ACE stands for Aerosol Characterization Experiment; this fourth phase involves the Asian Pacific region. OGP support for ACE-ASIA is managed by Dr. Joel Levy. The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Office of Naval Research (ONR) are the other U.S federal agency participants. The chief scientists for the experiment are Dr. Tim Bates, from the NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory in Seattle, and Dr. Barry Huebert, from the University of Hawaii."

NOAA Ship Ron Brown Classroom at Sea:  Pennsylvania Teacher Spends Sabbatical at Sea with NOAA Studying Climate
Media contact: Jana Goldman (
"When middle school science teacher Susan Carty decided to take a sabbatical, she had no idea she would be spending much of it at sea. Carty, a teacher at Stetson Middle School in the West Chester, Pa., school district, is spending 40 days aboard the NOAA research vessel Ronald H. Brown with an international team of scientists studying what effect atmospheric aerosols—particles—may have on climate."

Scientists Launch Asian Dust Study
Associated Press Writer
March 20, 2001
WASHINGTON (AP) — "More than 100 scientists are taking to the air and sea to measure the smoke, dust and other particles spewed into the atmosphere in Asia. They are seeking answers to one of the fundamental unknowns of global change: How do these materials affect our climate?" 
(you will need to click on "Search" and type in ACE-Asia; the cost for the article is $2.95)

KHNL News 8 NBC Hawaii
Teacher Gaining Real World Experience
March 13, 2001
"An international research team is getting ready to set sail from Honolulu to gather information on how aerosol particles affect the climate. And a science teacher is along to report back to her students about real research. Of course, she's also along for the adventure. Linda Hosek has the story...."

Philidelphia Inquirer
Teacher Riding Waves to Dreams: Westtown's Susan Carty will update students from a research Ship

March 9, 2001
"Susan Carty used to draw pictures of boats, with a smiling stick figure as a passenger, on the chalkboard of her sixth-grade science classroom at Stetson Middle School.  'I would draw a huge smile on her face,' the teacher said. 'I told my students that was me - that I was going to study on a ship one day - and they thought that was really fun and funny.'" ($1.95 charge for complete article)
Stetson teacher to communicate with students during 38-day research cruise

By Pamela Batzel, Staff Writer
March 4, 2001


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