Emily Rosenthal came to us from Herndon, Virginia. She is a senior at
Millersville University of Pennsylvania with a major in Meteorology.
Emily writes, "This summer I worked with Professor Christopher O'Dell and
graduate student Robert Nelson to evaluate the level of agreement in terms of
both cloud and aerosol properties between CALIPSO and OCO-2, two satellites in
NASA's A-train. CALIPSO measures the vertical distribution of clouds and
aerosols. OCO-2 measures carbon dioxide, but can obtain high accuracy only in
"In this study, we found that for high optical depth CALIPSO
measurements, OCO-2 identified most (~70%) of scenes as cloudy. The opposite was
also true: for low optical depth CALIPSO measurements, OCO-2 identified most of
the scenes as clear. Understanding this helps determine differences between
OCO-2 and CALIPSO, and identifies the types of cloud and aerosol layers OCO-2
has trouble detecting."
Emily's summer research poster is here,
A Comparison of Cloud and Aerosol Measurements from OCO-2 and CALIPSO.
Her research interests at school include satellite meteorology, severe storms,
and climate change.
When not at school, Emily enjoys spectator sports, volleyball, outdoor
activities, and travel.