Springtime transition in upper mesospheric temperature in the northern hemisphere

first_imgAirglow emission observations by the wind imaging interferometer (WINDII) on the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite and three optical ground-based stations previously revealed a “springtimetransition” in atomic oxygen. The transition is characterized by a rapid 2-day rise in the night-time oxygen nightglow emission rate by a factor of 2 to 3 followed by a subsequent decrease by a factor of 10 in the same period of time indicating a depletion of atomic oxygen that persists for days. The current study examines signatures in the upper mesosphere temperature field (70– height range), derived from the WINDII Rayleigh scattering observations, which may be associated with this springtime depletion of the atomic oxygen. Comparisons with ground-based OH airglow rotational temperatures, Na lidar and Rayleigh scattering lidar temperatures, and meteor radar temperatures at middle and high latitudes in the NorthernHemisphere are presented and discussed. Data from the northernspringtimes in 1992 and 1993 are reported upon in detail. It was found that all datasets used in the study agree well with each other taking account of the day/night time mean differences. A rapid temperature enhancement was observed at spring equinox at northern midlatitudes followed by a period of mean temperature colder than the one observed prior to the enhancement event, a pattern similar to that associated with the “springtime transition” observed in the oxygen emissions. The enhancement was also revealed in the average annual temperatures at , obtained by combining observations from 1992 to 1996, and in more recent temperature data from 1998 and 1999 at mid- and high northern latitudes. The results suggest that the temperature enhancement is associated with the last stratospheric warming event, observed at the end of March and early April.last_img read more

McDermott, Schneider Electric and io consulting join forces

first_imgThe three companies will combine their capabilities and resources to explore and develop a proof of concept based on an offshore platform reference case McDermott, Schneider Electric and io to develop net zero upstream facilities. (Credit: C Morrison from Pixabay) McDermott International, Schneider Electric and io consulting announced a collaboration to advance research and design of carbon-neutral facilities for the upstream oil and natural gas market. The three companies will combine their capabilities and resources to explore and develop a proof of concept based on an offshore platform reference case. The result of the collaboration will be published in a joint study on Net Zero Upstream Facilities before the end of the year.The study defines a hierarchy of emissions-reduction technologies, ranked by maturity, investment and impact to enable operators to make informed decisions when prioritizing areas for emissions reduction.“This unique venture demonstrates the valuable intersection of thought leadership, digital innovation and project excellence to advance the energy transition across the globe,” said Samik Mukherjee, McDermott’s Group Senior Vice President, Projects. “By combining our individual strengths, we will deliver solutions that enable our customers to accelerate the industry-shared goal of reducing carbon impact throughout the production chain.”The program directly supports a significant carbon footprint reduction within the production and transformation of oil and gas, which, according to the International Energy Agency, is about fifteen percent of the entire oil and gas carbon footprint.“We are in an energy transition and while hydrocarbons will be required for decades, it is incumbent upon us to decarbonise their production,” said Richard Dyson, CEO of io consulting. “This study will show what can be achieved when we leverage the technical data and expertise of our parent companies, Baker Hughes and McDermott, and come together with the best minds in the industry to address this challenge. I look forward to working with our customers to deploy new standard practices for net zero facilities and transferring our learnings to other industries striving to reduce their carbon footprint.”The companies expect the collaboration to demonstrate what is achievable with current technology, what new technologies are required and identify break-even carbon pricing to make the net zero facilities viable now and in the future. The team will adapt this proof of concept to any geographical region and project, considering local infrastructure and environmental policies regarding carbon pricing.“This partnership aligns with Schneider Electric’s objectives around sustainability and energy transition,” said Chris Dartnell, President of Oil & Gas and Petrochemicals at Schneider Electric. “We bring our expertise in both energy and process efficiency to the industry. Our goal is to help customers ensure their future systems support remote operations, optimized asset performance and breakthrough micro-grid management. We believe our partnership facilitates overall digital transformation for our clients—making their operations more sustainable.”The study applies a decision-quality framework to identify credible and achievable methods for achieving carbon neutrality including: power import and electrification; renewable micro-grids; integration with hydrogen networks; integrated energy storage; reduction of fugitive emissions; removal of flare systems; facility de-manning and access method; facility monitoring and control – remote operation; engineered offsetting methods (excluding nature-based offsetting); and digital transformation of design and operations. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

Closing Haart branches is a ‘good idea’ claims former senior employee

first_imgThe decision by Haart to both set up a remote-working ‘partnership network’ of estate agents but also close 24 branches has been hailed as a ‘good move’ by one recently-departed senior employee.Wishing to remain anonymous, the former branch manager has told The Negotiator that, although they challenged some of Haart CEO Paul Smith’s ‘crazier business decisions’ when employed there, they say the plan to reduce costs but increase coverage makes sense in the current business climate.And Andrew Stanton, a former Countrywide agent turned proptech consultant, says the industry’s lurch into a more tech-enabled world during the pandemic is now forcing many agents including Haart to look at how they operate.“Many know I have been an ardent critic of Purplebricks in some ways I still am, but it is what has come out of the Michael and Kenny Bruce experiment that will be seen as an enduring legacy, agency is not rooted in an office in the high street, and it took a terrible pandemic to prove this.“Great agents, enabled by great proptech, with excellent branding will be the future; think Neil Urch House-Fox or Rollo Miles Agent & Homes. Yes, agency is all about people.”Business changesBut it is Haart’s handling of the company’s business restructure during the crisis which has come under scrutiny, rather than its overall plan.Its most widely-publicised gaffe came on Friday March 21st March when it sacked all its probationary and some other staff via video link at 5.45pm.It has also caused annoyance among some suppliers, who were asked to re-submit lowered invoices in return for payment for work completed before the pandemic.“Branch closures are nothing to shy away from these days as long as companies are honest about it,” says PR guru Russell Quirk.“A grown-up business approach would have been to approach such a thing strategically, some time back.“But this week’s reluctant admission by Haart that they’re not reopening a sizeable chunk of their estate has instead got an air of Paul Smith having caught out somewhat.“And it simply didn’t have to be that way and that’s a shame for his company’s ongoing reputation”.The Negotiator has spoken to two other recently-departed Haart estate agents over the weekend.Both, who wish to remain anonymous, said they were shocked by the ruthless way some colleagues were let go via video link, and that the agency’s problems started in December last year when its long-standing MD Russell Jervis left the company leaving, in their opinion, several ‘inexperienced’ divisional MDs in charge. haart streatham Paul Smith July 6, 2020Nigel LewisOne commentSteve James, TFL Bus Services TFL Bus Services 7th July 2020 at 4:27 pmWhen people comment anonymously it’s clearly sour grapes from former haart employees who failed in their roles. If you have courage in your statements you put them on the record and don’t quote anonymously.Russell Quirks track record of failure in Estate Agency will follow through in his PR play as how many good PR ‘gurus’ actually comment themselves. They’re supposed to make the news for other people.Seeing the future plans for haart, who will still be around in 5 years times? Will it be those that are always criticising the new best thing in EA?Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Closing Haart branches is a ‘good idea’ claims former senior employee previous nextAgencies & PeopleClosing Haart branches is a ‘good idea’ claims former senior employeeDespite heavy criticism of its decision to get rid of 24 offices last week, some say the closures are inevitable in current tech and business climate.Nigel Lewis6th July 20201 Comment3,158 Viewslast_img read more

Russia setting up permanent naval presence at Syrian bases

first_img View post tag: Tartus Authorities Russia setting up permanent naval presence at Syrian bases View post tag: Syria The Russian Navy will be establishing a permanent presence at its Syrian bases after a deal signed with Syria was ratified by the lower house of the Russian Federal Assembly.According to Russian news outlet RIA, the bill – submitted earlier this month – was ratified on Tuesday.In addition to the naval bases, the agreement on Russia’s use of military facilities in Syria includes the Khmeimim Air Base, south-east of the city of Latakia.With a renewed access to the port of Tartus, which Russia plans to upgrade from a refueling facility to a permanent naval base, the Russian Navy will be able to have a permanent presence in the Mediterranean Sea.According to a Sputnik report, Russian General Staff Chief Army General Valery Gerasimov said the Russian naval group would be permanently deployed in the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea after the end of the military operation in Syria.The agreement will provide Russian Navy ships access to Tartus, and other Syrian ports, for an additional 49 years.After new piers are built and waterways dredged, the base is expected to be capable of simultaneously accommodating 11 vessels, including large surface combatants and the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov. View post tag: Russian Navy Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today Russia setting up permanent naval presence at Syrian bases December 27, 2017last_img read more

Eric Gales Welcomes Taz Niederauer and Marcus Randolph at Brooklyn Bowl [Photo]

first_imgEric Gales likes to keep things real. Before playing a note at Brooklyn Bowl, he bared his soul, telling fans how he had spent most of his life abusing just about every substance he could get his hands on. He’s been clean for two years now and celebrating by playing hard-edged blues and rock with an intensity that has built a loyal following. “I hope your seat backs and tray tables are in the upright position because we’re about to take off,” he said. “I hope you survive the ride.”Gales plays it left-hand, like his idol Jimi, to whom he’s been compared. Born in Memphis and considered a guitar prodigy, Gales graciously welcomed New York’s own prodigy, Taz Niederauer, now 15 years old but who’s played with many of the greats since appearing in Broadway’s School of Rock at age 12. Together, the duo traded licks and took the energy level to a higher altitude, especially on their cover of “Little Wing.” In addition to the frontmen, the band features rock-solid bass and drums, none more impressive than Eric’s beautiful wife, LaDonna, on percussions.Opening the evening was Marcus Randolph, familiar as the drummer of cousin Robert Randolph’s Family Band, but for his Peeple’s Peeple project, Marcus plays pedal steel and sings. Joining in the Peeple’s band was Joey Williams, also a regular with Robert and current member of the Blind Boys of Alabama. If you’re getting the feeling that the stage was filled with lots of diverse talent coming together to explore new musical paths, you would be correct. It was a long and loud evening at Brooklyn Bowl, and after the show, Gales hung out with fans in a scene that has become part of the reason he’s developed such a strong following. We’re glad to see a talent like Eric Gales at the top of his game and enjoying life.Eric Gales | Brooklyn Bowl | New York, NY | 8/15/2018 | Photo: Lou Montesano Load remaining images Photo: Lou Montesanolast_img read more

Harvard Innovation Lab receives green light from Boston Redevelopment Authority

first_imgAfter months of discussion and collaboration, the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) has unanimously approved Harvard’s plans to transform a vacant building in Allston into the Harvard Innovation Lab.The Harvard Innovation Lab is a new and innovative initiative that will foster team-based and entrepreneurial activities and deepen interactions among students, faculty, entrepreneurs, and members of the Allston community.  It will support Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s innovation agenda and activate a building that once housed WGBH-TV’s studios.The Innovation Lab will encourage entrepreneurship and innovation across the University, bringing together many cross-curricular interests, including Harvard College, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Business School, Harvard Law School, the School for Engineering and Applied Science, and the Harvard Kennedy School.In addition to its educational focus, with classrooms and meeting areas designed to serve both undergraduate and graduate students, the Harvard Innovation Lab will also support the local business community by providing public areas, meeting rooms, and business development resources for businesses, nonprofits, entrepreneurs, and others in the Allston-Brighton neighborhood and the region.  This will be a central place where students and local businesses can work together, share knowledge, and collaborate on ideas.“Innovation is absolutely in the air,” says Cherry A. Murray, dean of the Harvard School of Engineering and the John A. and Elizabeth S. Armstrong Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “How can we leverage all this intellectual energy? I see the Harvard Innovation Lab as having the potential to become an indispensable resource for the entire campus, connecting existing innovation programs at the schools and the College into a Grand Central Station for entrepreneurial thinking. As a hub, the new lab will bring together faculty, students, alumni, local community members, and industry professionals, empowering everyone to dream, create, and change the world for the better.”Organizations including SCORE, the Small Business Administration, the Center for Women & Enterprise, and the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network have committed to a generous schedule of one-on-one coaching and business advising, workshops, and training sessions in the Innovation Lab. It will also host lectures, panel discussions, and presentations that will be open to the public, as well as networking events for student teams, local businesses, and nonprofits.“The Innovation Lab is an entirely new model for Harvard. It is an innovation in and of itself. We’re delighted by the unanimous support of the BRA board and the many community members who have expressed their enthusiasm for this project, which will also be part of the University’s efforts to enliven Western Avenue,” said Gabe Handel, managing director of the Dean’s Office at Harvard Business School.“I want to thank Harvard University and the Harvard Business School for all the work they have done in including the community in the development of this project, which will help revitalize Western Avenue,” said Alana Olsen, executive director of Allston Village Main Streets. “I look forward to continuing to work together on this project.”When the Innovation Lab opens next fall, Harvard will provide transportation services between the Lab and the Harvard Square and Longwood campuses to ensure easy access for undergraduate and graduate students. MBTA bus and subway service will also provide access to the facility, and the use of Zipcars and bikes will be encouraged to help contribute to the sustainability of the environment.last_img read more

Tech Prediction for 2014: As BYOD Matures, BYOI Is Waiting in the Wings

first_imgThe analyst firm IDC has cleverly delineated the evolution of computing over the past 40+ years into three eras or platforms – the mainframe platform of the 70’s, the client/server platform of the 90’s, and the Big Data, Cloud, Social, and Mobile platform of today.One of the interesting trends of this third platform and the rapid and extensive proliferation of mobile technology that has been one of its hallmarks is the consumerization of IT. Companies are giving employees greater latitude in accessing corporate resources and data via their own personal devices (Bring Your Own Device or BYOD).In 2014, we will begin to see the next wave of the consumerization of IT with the emergence of the consumerization of ID or identity.  Just as employees pushed for the simplicity of a single mobile device for both their personal and professional needs, they are beginning to push for a simpler, yet controlled, system of identification for authorization of personal and professional device usage.We are witnessing the dawn of Bring (and Control) Your Own Identity (BYOI), which will be marked by two developments:Our digital identities will become consolidated, centralized, and secured on our devices and less entrusted to external parties like Facebook and Google.The security industry’s growing adoption of an Intelligence-Driven Security model will mean identity is less a perimeter-based gateway and more a multi-faceted, continuously authenticating process that is more seamlessly integrated within our workflow.As it turns out, BYOD was only the beginning.  Brace yourself for 2014 and BYOI.You can see more of Art’s predictions for 2014 in his end of year letter.—More Predictions for 2014SDx (Software-Defined Everything) by Amitabh Srivastava, President, Advanced Software DivisionA Battle Cry for Protected Storage by Stephen Manley, Chief Technology Officer, Data Protection & Availability DivisionSoftware-Defined in Two Architectures by Josh Kahn, Senior Vice President, Global Solutions MarketingBringing Hadoop to Your Big Data by Bill Richter, President, EMC IsilonA Whole New World by CJ Desai, President, Emerging Technologies DivisionTargeting the Value Office to Transform IT Business by Rick Devenuti, President, Information Intelligence GroupIT’s Ability to Evolve Quickly by Vic Bhagat, Chief Information OfficerService Orientation, Big Data Lakes, & Security Product Rationalization by Tom Roloff, Senior Vice President, EMC Global Serviceslast_img read more

Asia Today: South Korea adds 559 cases, highest in 10 days

first_imgSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has reported 599 new coronavirus cases, the highest in 10 days, as health workers scramble to slow infections at religious facilities, which have been a major source throughout the pandemic. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency says 112 of the new cases came from the southwestern city of Gwangju, where more than 100 have so far been linked to a missionary training school. An affiliated facility in the central city of Daejeon has been linked to more than 170 infections. The Seoul metropolitan area reported nearly 300 cases. South Korea has repeatedly seen big clusters emerge from religious groups, including more than 5,000 linked to the secretive Shincheonji Church of Jesus that drove a major outbreak last spring.last_img read more

New Saint Mary’s club looks to foster economic education

first_imgStudents and professors joined together to create the Economics Club, a new organization aiming to extend economic education beyond the classroom.Junior Mari Garza, founder and president of Economics Club, said both students and faculty have encouraged participation in the club.“Right before this academic year, one of the [economics] professors reached out to me because he saw that there was in interest in [the subject],” she said.Prior to the club’s formation, students were looking for ways to expand their economic education outside the classroom, Garza said.“When I first had my [economics] class, [my professor] was looking for someone to do study sessions and review sessions for exams,” she said. “There were two or three sections of a macro[economics] course, and from that I would host these sessions and have 30 or 40 girls show up.”Garza said the club held numerous review sessions to accommodate the many students looking to expand their knowledge and perform better in their classes.“I [wasn’t] an official tutor,” Garza said. “I [was] just there to help people who were struggling.“As she helped students, Garza said she realized the professor who had encouraged her to host the review sessions had been correct in sensing students’ interest in having regular access to the knowledge of their peers.“We’re providing not necessarily tutoring, but a resource for students,” Garza said.Freshman Julia Wilson said in an email she joined the organization not only because of her professor’s encouragement and an interest in the club’s focus.“My involvement has helped me academically because, by tutoring other students, I am able to better understand the material,” Wilson said.The club’s first event featured a question and answer session and a documentary screening.The Economics Club hopes to expand its membership to students of subjects other than business and economics, Garza said. The club plans to host several events open to all students throughout April, one of which will be a review session for students preparing for the end of the semester. The others, Garza said, will include a movie and game night oriented towards the social element of the club.After noting the growth in attendance from its review sessions, the Economics Club decided to keep the timing of its weekly Monday meetings flexible, Garza said, which allows attendees to ask for help or clarification on concepts discussed in classes.“We’re trying to figure out ways to get more people involved,” Garza said.Alongside being an additional academic resource for students, Wilson said the organization has given participants the opportunity to meet other people with similar interests.“My involvement [in the club] has led me to meet new people,” she said.Tags: business, economics, Economics Club, tutoringlast_img read more

Plant wisely

first_imgBy Faith PeppersUniversity of Georgia Georgia’s last frost date has passed. And just in time for spring garden planting, rain has returned to Georgia. But those water-conservation habits learned during the drought can still be a sustainable way to keep landscapes healthy.“Just because we’ve seen a lot of rain in the past few weeks doesn’t mean it’s time to forget about water conservation in the landscape,” said Todd Hurt, a program coordinator with the University of Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture in Griffin, Ga. “But, Georgians can get busy planting in their gardens.”Drought conditions over the past three years have had many Georgia gardeners holding off on planting annuals and new shrubs. But with some smart planning, it’s OK to plant what you want, he said.“Simply concentrate high-water-use plants such as annual color plants or highly maintained turf in locations where we can supplement rainfall when necessary,” he said. Hurt recommends developing a strategy to water plants with only one or two moves of a hose-end sprinkler. “The water illogic areas in your landscape will become obvious if you think of it this way,” he said. “The narrow strip of turf next to the street or long line of annuals next to the established shrub bed would be the last to get water.”He suggests planting annual color plants in small beds or containers close together. This will give your landscape the color and texture you want, but still conserve water. Other ways to conserve include mulching and using drip or soaker hoses when possible. A professional audit of your irrigation system can help find and correct problems, too.“There are tons of new technologies on the market,” he said. “There are new lawn rotator heads that use fingerlets of water versus one concentrated stream which allows for a more even wetting of the soil. There are even sprinkler heads that shut off when damaged. That’s right. We can prevent the irrigation geysers we have all seen at the mall parking lot.” Georgia’s population continues to grow, creating greater demand on its limited water supply. Though the rain has returned, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division will monitor certain indicators that must return to normal for around four consecutive months before it will change statewide water restrictions. However, HB 1281, passed last year, says local water providers can request a modified drought level based on their water supplies. “I heard from a couple of sources that Athens/Clarke County and others in that watershed have asked or will be asking to go to level 4b, which is two days a week water use by May,” he said. “Another 57 or so water providers in the drought level 4 area are already approved for outdoor water use two or three days a week.” No matter what drought level your county is in, he said, 25 minutes a day of hand watering is allowed on the odd-even system. If that time is used wisely, most plants will not only survive, but will do well.“Water conservation efforts should continue, even though we are getting rain,” he said. “It’s the responsible thing to do.”To find out what drought level you are facing, go online to: http://www.gawp.org/GAOutdoorWaterRestrictions.pdf (Faith Peppers is a news editor for the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more