A scientist prepares to launch a balloon with an ozonesonde and radiosonde attached. The dual instruments will collect ozone and weather information at heights up to 115,000 feet (35 km).
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People Involved in MILAGRO
What image enters your mind when you hear the word scientist? Perhaps you see Albert Einstein or a person wearing a lab coat? If so, it is time for an image update! Who are today’s scientists? What are they doing in today’s world? And, where is science being done?
One answer is the more than 300 scientists from the United States, Mexico, and several other nations who worked together to study air pollution in Mexico City. The project was called MILAGRO, and it was a field campaign that took place in 2006. During a field campaign, scientists collect data outside in the natural world. They use state-of-the-art tools on the ground, in the air, on airplanes, and even on satellites to gather the data that they need to understand the air pollution problem.
Teachers were also involved in the MILAGRO campaign. They worked side-by-side with scientists during field work. Some teachers participated because they were trained scientists. Others participated to learn. But they also participated because they wanted to share their experience with students like you. You can read the teachers’ notes about their field experience at Postcards from the Field. They are written especially for you.
Many scientists involved in MILAGRO have also written to you about themselves and the work they do. Through their stories, we hope to bring science to life and show you the important work that’s being done to understand air pollution and improve air quality.
Teachers' and Scientists' Postcards from the Field
Last modified August 7, 2006 by Teri Eastburn.
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