NASA to Host OLYMPEX Media Day

Media are invited to go behind the scenes of a comprehensive field campaign focused on yielding new insights into global precipitation at a special event on Nov. 11, 2015.

DC-8 flying laboratory
NASA's DC-8 flying laboratory will be featured as part of a special media event on Nov. 11, 2015 focused on the Olympic Mountain Experiment (OLYMPEX), an Earth science campaign aimed at validating Global Precipitation Measurement.
Credits: NASA Photo / Carla Thomas

Held in collaboration with the University of Washington, NASA's Olympic Mountain Experiment (OLYMPEX) is an Earth science campaign aimed at validating Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) satellite constellation data. Combining airborne and ground observations over the wet Pacific Northwest, the campaign will focus on tracking precipitation over mountainous terrain that is difficult to measure. The information from the GPM constellation provides more accurate information for the prediction of atmospheric conditions that contribute to our daily weather and global climate.

The event will be held at two locations, starting at the University of Washington Atmospheric Science building in Seattle at 7 a.m., where media will have the opportunity to:

  • Visit the OLYMPEX ground control center
  • Interact with OLYMPEX scientists and subject matter experts
  • Learn about GPM, the first mission designed to measure falling snow

The afternoon session will be held at Joint Base Lewis-McChord starting at 1:00 p.m., and will include:

  • A tour of NASA's DC-8 flying laboratory aircraft
  • Opportunities to meet and interview pilots, aircraft crew, and scientists
  • Information on upcoming NASA Earth science missions

 

Individuals have the option of attending either one or both of the events. Domestic media representatives interested in participating should confirm their plans to attend by contacting the NASA Armstrong Public Affairs office no later than 12 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6 at 661-276-2020, or email Kate Squires atkate.k.squires@nasa.gov. Foreign national journalists cannot be accommodated. Further information on specific event locations and times will be provided upon submission of interest.

To learn more about OLYMPEX, click here: http://pmm.nasa.gov/education/OLYMPEX

For more information, contact:
Kate Squires
NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center
661-276-2020
kate.k.squires@nasa.gov