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    • B.S, Marine Biology, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, 2004

    • M.S, Atmospheric Science , Hampton University, 2010

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  • Melissa Yesalusky

    Melissa Yesalusky is a Ph.D candidate.  She has an undergraduate degree in Marine Biology and a minor in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and a Master’s degree in Atmospheric Science from Hampton University.  Her Master’s research involved the examination of the frequency and impact that nearly subvisual cirrus clouds have on the infrared radiative cooling of the atmosphere through the collocation of satellite data from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS), the Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observation (CALIPSO), and the MODerate resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) from the NASA’s A-Train satellites.  The goal of her Ph.D research continues to examine the radiative properties of clouds; however, this research is to develop a technique which combines ground-based and space-based measurements together.  The cloud radiative properties and their implied impact on top of the atmosphere (TOA) radiation fluxes is assessed through intercomparisons of radiative transfer model calculations and radiative flux measurements made with the Clouds and Earth Radiant Energy System (CERES) instrument.  After the results are verified using CERES the technique can be applied to the seasonal case study.

    Project: Ground-based retrievals using the ASSIST

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      I also work for a Department of Energy contractor where I have participated in over a dozen field campaigns, collecting and processing data  from the Atmospheric Sounder Spectrometer for Infrared Spectral Technology (ASSIST) for various atmospheric studies. The ASSIST is a Fourier transform infrared spectrometer with an internal calibration unit dedicated to support applications […]