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Morrill Hall 105

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3010
University of Idaho
Moscow, ID 83844-3010

Phone: 208-885-6689

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Physical Address:

Morrill Hall Room 414
Moscow, ID  83844

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Dr., MS 3010
Moscow, ID  83844-3010

Phone: 208-885-6162

Email: ored-ora@uidaho.edu

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Physical Address:

Morrill Hall Room 103
Moscow, ID  83843

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Dr., MS 3020
Moscow, ID  83844-3020

Phone: 208-885-6651

Fax: 208-885-4990

Email: osp@uidaho.edu

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Food Research Center
860 W. Idaho Ave, #201
Moscow, ID 83844-3003

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive
MS 3003
Moscow, ID 83844-3003

Jeremy Tamsen
Phone: 208-885-4550
Email: tamsen@uidaho.edu
Web: OTT Website

Vandal Explorer Series: Weather Under an Eclipse

Students Record Gravity Waves Using Weather Balloons

On Dec. 14, 2020, an eight-student team from the NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium in the College of Engineering were in Chile recording gravity waves produced by the complete solar eclipse. Gravity waves are large disturbances moving through an otherwise stable layer of the atmosphere, and they can influence smaller weather events and air turbulence. Junior Lauren Perla joined the team as a mechanical engineer from Sammamish and explains that understanding gravity waves will help atmospheric scientists improve current weather prediction models. The team practiced measuring the waves throughout Summer 2020. In Moscow, the students launched weather balloons into the atmosphere weekly, and each balloon carries a radiosonde — an instrument designed to radio data on weather phenomena like temperature, wind speed and humidity back to earth. When they traveled to South America, the students spend roughly 18 hours launching one balloon every hour in teams of four. Associate Professor Matthew Bernards in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering is the director of the NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium and oversees the project.

Besides Perla, the team included junior Malachi Mooney-Rivkin in mechanical engineering, junior Alex Chambers in mechanical engineering, senior Leah Davidson in biological engineering, senior Carlos Muñoz in physics, senior Roslyn McCormack in chemical engineering, senior Sebastian Garcia in mechanical engineering and master’s student Jackie Martinez-Alvarez in chemical engineering.

Physical Address:
Morrill Hall 105

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3010
University of Idaho
Moscow, ID 83844-3010

Phone: 208-885-6689

Email: vpresearch@uidaho.edu

Web: ORED

Map

Physical Address:

Morrill Hall Room 414
Moscow, ID  83844

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Dr., MS 3010
Moscow, ID  83844-3010

Phone: 208-885-6162

Email: ored-ora@uidaho.edu

Web: ORA Website

Map

Physical Address:

Morrill Hall Room 103
Moscow, ID  83843

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Dr., MS 3020
Moscow, ID  83844-3020

Phone: 208-885-6651

Fax: 208-885-4990

Email: osp@uidaho.edu

Web: OSP Website

Map

Physical Address:
Food Research Center
860 W. Idaho Ave, #201
Moscow, ID 83844-3003

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive
MS 3003
Moscow, ID 83844-3003

Jeremy Tamsen
Phone: 208-885-4550
Email: tamsen@uidaho.edu
Web: OTT Website