CLASP Seminar Series: Shannon Brown, of JPL
WHEN: September 17, 2020 3:30 pm-5:00 pm
Shannon Brown, of JPL will give a virtual lecture as part of the CLASP Seminar Series. Please join us!
This is a Zoom virtual event.
Zoom Link: https://umich.zoom.us/s/96972020377
Meeting ID: 969 7202 0377
TITLE: Weather Outlook on Jupiter: Windy with a Chance of Thunderstorms
ABSTRACT: In Roman mythology, Jupiter - king of the gods - would often travel down to Earth and use a thick veil of clouds to hide his terrestrial activities from Juno, his wife. However, Juno, sitting high on Mt. Olympus, used her mythical powers to peer beneath the clouds to reveal Jupiter’s secrets. The NASA Juno mission does not have mythical powers, but it does have a microwave radiometer to peer deep below the clouds to reveal the mysteries of Jupiter’s deep atmosphere. How deep does the Great Red Spot go? Does the zone and belt structure extend below the cloud layers? Where is moist convection occurring on the planet? These questions were among those that drove the mission. This talk will highlight the discoveries made by the Juno microwave radiometer during the first 4 years in Jupiter’s orbit and discuss how close we are to answering the questions we set off to explore.
Dr. Shannon Brown is a principal technologist and supervisor of the microwave instrument science group at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He holds a B.S. in meteorology from Penn State University and a Ph.D. in Geoscience and Remote Sensing from the University of Michigan. He's been at JPL since 2005. He arrived at JPL just in time to join the step 2 Juno proposal team supporting MWR and has been working on the mission ever since as the MWR instrument scientist. His research interests include microwave radiometer system development, calibration, geophysical algorithm development, and radiometer science. In addition to Juno, his current research focuses on new passive microwave concepts for studying the Earth’s oceans and atmosphere, planetary boundary layer and air/sea exchange processes, the lunar regolith and the atmospheres of Uranus and Neptune.