Public Lectures

Probing Our Atmosphere from High Altitude and Long Duration Balloons

Published on March 3, 2010

Speaker:Dr. Lars Kalnajs, LASP
Date:Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010
Time:7:30 PM, Doors open at 7:00 PM
Location:LSTB, Auditorium

Seminar Abstract:

In 1783, a lighter than air balloon enabled us to make some of the first direct measurements of our atmosphere above the surface of Earth. Since then, scientific ballooning has given us a window into the structure and composition of our atmosphere and continues to be an invaluable tool to study everything from ozone depletion to climate change. Dr. Kalnajs will discuss the history and evolution of scientific ballooning and the important role it still plays in understanding our atmosphere. He will also talk about future directions for scientific ballooning, including an upcoming long duration balloon mission by LASP and other institutes to study the formation of the Antarctic ozone hole from the inside.