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    • PhD, Aeronomy, University of Michigan, 1970

    • MEE, Electrical Engineering, University of Virginia, 1966

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      james.russell@hamptonu.edu

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      November 1, 2015 : Paper “Increasing carbon dioxide concentration in the upper atmosphere observed by SABER” by Jia Yue, James Russell III et al. recognized by Nature and NASA

      NASA recently featured an important result published by Jia Yue and the SABER science team at HU. NASA’s TIMED mission, short for Thermosphere, Ionosphere, Mesosphere Energetics and Dynamics, has confirmed a surprisingly fast carbon dioxide increase in Earth’s upper atmosphere, raising questions about how different layers of the atmosphere are interconnected. Even more curious—though climate […]


      December 11, 2013 : Dr. James Russell, III 2013 AGU Fellow

      CONGRATULATIONS! The Union Fellows Selection Committee is proud to present the 2013 AGU Fellow to Dr. James Russell, III! We would like to congratulate Dr. Russell for his leadership in developing and operating experiments, for answering questions about the Earth’s atmosphere and for the sustained impact of his work. Established in 1962, the Fellows program […]


      July 2, 2013 : AIM Satellite Mission is awarded two more operating years
      AIM Extended Mission Proposal 2013

      The AIM Satellite Mission is awarded two more operating years by the Heliophysics Division Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters.  AIM had very successful accomplishments in the first 6 years of the mission. The Heliophysics Review Panel was also impressed with the broadening of the original goals of AIM following the successful measurement of several […]


      June 27, 2013 : Early Start to 2013 PMC Season
      Noctilucent Clouds

      In 2013, the noctilucent – or night-shining – cloud season got an early start. NASA’s AIM spacecraft first saw them on May 13. The season started a week earlier than any other season that AIM has observed, and quite possibly earlier than ever before, said Cora Randall of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics […]


  • James M. Russell III

    Specialties:                                          Atmospheric Science, Remote Sensing, and Satellite Data Analysis

    Research and Teaching Positions:

    • Professor of Atmospheric and Planetary Science, HamptonUniversity (2006 – present)
    • Professor of Physics, HamptonUniversity (1996 – 2006)
    • Head, Theoretical Studies Branch, NASA LaRC, Atmospheric Sciences Division (1984  – 1996)
    • Math Professor, St.LeoCollege (1987 – 1989)
    • Head, Chemistry & Dynamics Branch, Atmospheric Sciences Division, NASA, LaRC (1976 – 1984)
    • Visiting Scientist, Special Project, NCAR (summer) (1974)
    • Lecturer, Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere, GeorgeWashingtonUniversity (1973)
    • Lecturer, Physics, ChristopherNewportUniversity (1971 – 1973)
    • Research Scientist, LangleyResearchCenter (1970 – 1975)

    Related Publications:   

    Russell III, James M., Scott M. Bailey, Mihaly Horanyi, Larry L. Gordley, David W. Rusch, Mark E. Hervig, Gary E. Thomas, Cora E. Randall, David E. Siskind, Michael H. Stevens, Michael E. Summers, Michael I. Taylor, Christoph R. Englert, Patrick J. Espy, William E. McClintock and Aimee W. Merkel, Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM): Overview and early science results, J. Atmos. Solar-Terr. Phys., doi:10.1016/j.jastp.2008.08.011.

    Gordley, L.L., Mark Hervig, Chad Fish, James Russell III, James Cook, Scott Hanson, Andrew Shumway, Scott Bailey, Greg Paxton,Lance Deaver, Tom Marshall, John Burton, Brian Magill, Chris Brown, Earl Thompson, and John Kemp, The Solar Occultation For Ice Experiment (SOFIE), J. Atmos. Solar-Terr. Phys., doi:10.1016/j.jastp.2008.07.012.

    Yang, E.-S., D. M. Cunnold, R. J. Salawitch, M. P. McCormick, J. Russell III, J. M. Zawodny, S. Oltmans, and M. J. Newchurch,  Attribution of recovery in lower-stratospheric ozone, Journal of Geophysical Research, 111, D16315, doi:10.1029/2005JD006371., 2006.

    Mlynczak, Marty, F. Javier Martin-Torres, James Russell, Ken Beaumont, Steven Jacobson, Janet Kozyra, Manuel Lopez-Puertas, Bernd Funke, Christopher Mertens, Larry Gordley, Richard Picard, Jeremy Winick, Peter Wintersteiner, Larry Paxton, The natural thermostat of nitric oxide emission at 5.3 μm in the thermosphere observed during the solar storms of April 2002, Geophysical Research Letters, Vol. 30, No. 21, 2100, doi:10.1029/2003GL017693, 2003.

    Russell, James M., III, Mingzhao Luo, Ralph J. Cicerone and Lance E. Deaver, Satellite confirmation of the dominance of chlorofluorocarbons in the global stratospheric chlorine budget, Nature, Vol. 379, Issue 6565, pp. 526-529, 1996.

    Russell, James M. III, Susan Solomon, Larry L. Gordley, Ellis E. Remsberg and Linwood B. Callis, The variability of stratospheric and mesospheric NO2 in the polar winter night observed by LIMS, Journal of Geophysical  Research, Vol. 89, No. D5, pp 7267-7275, 1984.

    Other Significant Publications:

    Anderson, J. ; Russell, J. M. III ; Solomon, S. ; Deaver, L. E., Halogen Occultation Experiment confirmation of stratospheric chlorine decreases in accordance with the Montreal Protocol  J. Geophys. Res. Vol. 105 , No. 4 , p. 4483, February 27, 2000.

    Anderson, J., J. M. Russell III, S. Solomon, and L. E. Deaver, HALOE confirmation of stratospheric chlorine decreases in accordance with the Montreal Protocol, In-press J.Geophys. Res., October, 1999.

    Randel, William J., Fei Wu, James M. Russell III and Joe Waters, Space-time patterns of trends in stratopsheric constituents derived from UARS measurements, J.Geophys. Res., 104, No. D3, Pages 3711-3727, February 20, 1999.

    Gray, L.J. and J.M. Russell III, Interannual variability of trace gases in the subtropical winter stratosphere. J. Atmos. Sci., 56, 977-993, April 1, 1999.

    Russell, J. M. III, L. L. Gordley, J. H. Park, S. R. Drayson, D. H. Hesketh, R. J. Cicerone, A. F. Tuck, J. E. Frederick, J. E. Harries, and P. J. Crutzen: The Halogen Occultation Experiment, J. Geophys. Res., 98, No. D6, 10,777-10,797, June 20, 1993.

    Russell, James M. III, L. E. Deaver, M. Luo, J. H. Park, L. L. Gordley, A. F. Tuck, G. C. Toon, M. R. Gunson, W. A. Traub, D. G. Johnson, K. W. Jucks, D. G. Murcray, R. Zander, I. Nolt, and C. R. Webster:  Validation of Hydrogen Chloride Measurements made by HALOE from the UARS Platform, J. Geophys. Res., Vol. 101, No. D6, pp. 10,151-10,162, April 30, 1996.

    Synergistic Activities:

    Co-founder of the HamptonUniversityCenter for Atmospheric Sciences; established the atmospheric sciences program with Co-Director, Dr. M.Patrick McCormick; developed the atmospheric sciences curriculum at HU as part of the Physics department;

    Developed, with CAS Co-Director, the successful proposal for a new department of Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences and the accompanying curriculum. Department established in November 2006.

    Participated in course content development for graduate level courses in Remote Sensing and Radiative Transfer at HU.

    Member of the NASA Heliophysics Advisory Committee, 2006 – present

    Overall Co-Chairman, SPARC International Water Vapor Assessment Study, 1999 – 2000

     

    Collaborators and Other Affiliations:

     

    (i) Collaborators:

    Scott Bailey, Virginia Tech; David Siskind, Naval Research Laboratory; Michael Stevens, Naval Research Laboratory; Christoph Englert, Naval Research Laboratory; David Rusch, University of Colorado; Gary Thomas, University of Colorado; Mihaly Horanyi, University of Colorado; Michael Summers, George Mason University; Doran Baker, Utah State University; Larry Gordley and Mark Hervig, Gats-Inc; Hans Mayer, Goddard Space Flight Center; Michael Taylor, Utah State University; Anne Smith, NCAR; Dan Marsh, NCAR; Richard Goldberg and Dean Pesnell, Goddard Space Flight Center; Rolando Garcia, NCAR; Richard Picard and Jeremy Winick, Air Force Research Laboratories; Ellis Remsberg and Martin Mlynczak, Langley Research Center; Sam Yee, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory.

     

    (ii) Graduate and Post-Doctoral Advisors:

    S. Roland Drayson, Unniversity of Michigan, Retired

    (iii) Thesis Advisor and Postgraduate-Scholar Sponsor:

    Two graduate students received their Ph.D. degree – Jon Wrotny, now at the Naval Research Laboratory, and Ladislav Rezac; two graduate students received their M.S. degree – Kabba Bah, now at the U. Wisconsin, and David Gomez, now at Virginia Tech.

    Project: The Living, Breathing Planet

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    The Living, Breathing Planet

    Graduate student opportunities available now! More information here. Hampton University Department of Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences has been selected to lead a team within the Nexus for Exoplanet Systems Science (NExSS). As one of 17 teams, we work to advance NASA’s search for life by bringing together Planetary Science, Heliophysics, Astrophysics, and Astrobiology to deepen […]

    Project: HU Center for Atmospheric Research and Education (CARE)

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    The Atmospheric and Planetary Science (APS) Department at Hampton University (HU) has established the Center for Atmospheric Research and Education (CARE) in collaboration with NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) and partners at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Supported by NASA’s MUREP Institutional Research Opportunity (MIRO) Program, CARE will […]

    Project: Atmospheric Coupling via Gravity Wave Propagation from the Troposphere to the Mesopause Region Using NASA AIM and Other Satellites

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    Atmospheric Gravity or buoyancy waves (GWs) are fluid waves generated when two bodies of different densities come into contact with one another. Gravity becomes the restoring force, creating a wave pattern as the fluids move back and forth. GW amplitudes increase upwards with altitude due to the decrease in atmospheric density and conservation of energy. […]

    Project: HU Center for Atmospheric Research and Education (CARE)

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    The Atmospheric and Planetary Science (APS) Department at Hampton University (HU) has established the Center for Atmospheric Research and Education (CARE) in collaboration with NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) and partners at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Supported by NASA’s MUREP Institutional Research Opportunity (MIRO) Program, CARE will […]