Shermane Austin, Ph.D. Professor
Research Interest: Ozone Pollution, Ionosphere, Sun-Earth Connection
Current Research: My research involves understanding ozone pollution. Ozone in the lower troposphere is associated with pollution and evidence exists that it is a greenhouse gas. To better understand the distribution and transport of ozone in the lower troposphere, NASA has launched the Aura satellite which includes the Thermal Emission Spectrometer (TEM) and Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) instruments. These measurements are augmented by network of observations of ozone profiles which also serve to support data validation. Faculty at Medgar Evers College have recently joined the observation network with periodic ozone profiles in Paradox, NY as well as participation in the IONS/INTEX intensive campaign. The research involves studies of ozone distribution and transport in the lower troposphere with an emphasis in the Northeast including characterization of inversion patterns in the lower troposphere, observation comparisons in the northeast and analysis of profiles upwind of New York City. The investigations include observations conducted in Paradox, NY at a launch facility maintained by MED faculty together with satellite and observed data as well as relevant meteorological data. The New York City profiles are conducted at the National Weather Service sounding facility in Brookhaven, NY.