Atmospherics

Manila Observatory's Solar Building

Manila Observatory's Solar Building

You can’t see air, but we do. We monitor its speed and direction, pressure, and temperature through automated meteorological stations installed in several places in the Philippines. We can determine the particles in air, such as the aerosols and other pollutants, by their light absorption and scattering properties. We design, build, and calibrate our own instruments such as rain gauges that sends text messages of rainfall and DOAS (Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy) systems because we know the physics and engineering behind these machines. We model typhoon tracks and climate 10 years to the future through powerful computers. Our home is the Manila Observatory, the Philippines’s oldest observatory and the Philippine Jesuit Province’s premiere scientific apostolate.

Researcher Supervisors:

  • Dr. Nofel Lagrosas (PhD in Remote Sensing, Chiba University)
  • Dr. Gemma Narisma (PhD in Atmospheric Science, Macquarie University
  • James Simpas (PhD Candidate, Pennsylavania State University)
PUBLICATIONS
Book Chapter
Beltrán-Przekurat 1, A., R.A. Pielke Sr.1, J.L Eastman, 2, G.T. Narisma3, A.J. Pitman 4, M. Lei 5 and D. Niyogi, 2009:Using the Factor Separation Method for land-use land-cover change impacts on weather and climate process with the Regional Atmospheric Modeling System. In: The Factor Separation Method in the Atmosphere-Applications and Future Prospects, Cambridge University Press, ISBN-13: 9780521191739.
Journal Articles
Paul C West, Gemma T Narisma, Carol C Barford, Christopher J Kucharik, and Jonathan A Foley. 2011. An alternative approach for quantifying climate regulation by ecosystems. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 9: 126–133.
Conference

A.Siongco, I.Amago, R.Teope, N.Lagrosas, B.HolbenComparison of satellite derived aerosol optical depth with AERONET data from the Manila Observatory, 28th Samahang Pisika ng Pilipinas (SPP) Physics Congress at MMLDC, Antipolo City, 25-27 October 2010.

I.Amago1, N.Lagrosas, Analysis of Particulate Matter (PM2.5 and PM10) measurements from the Manila Observatory and Aerosol Optical Depth Derived from the Multiangle Imaging Spectroradiometer (MISR), 28th Samahang Pisika ng Pilipinas (SPP) Physics Congress at MMLDC, Antipolo City, 25-27 October 2010.

J. Angan, N.Lagrosas, B.Holben, Effects of Urban Aerosol Variations on the Angstrom coefficient and relative humidity above the Ateneo de Manila University and surrounding areasEffects of Urban Aerosol Variations on the Angstrom coefficient and relative humidity above the Ateneo de Manila University and surrounding areas, 28th Samahang Pisika ng Pilipinas (SPP) Physics Congress at MMLDC, Antipolo City, 25-27 October 2010.

R.Chu, N.Lagrosas, Observations of aerosol optical depth and formation of fog during 2006 and 2010 New Year celebrations, 28th Samahang Pisika ng Pilipinas (SPP) Physics Congress at MMLDC, Antipolo City, 25-27 October 2010.

C.Salinas, N.Lagrosas, J. Simpas, G.Lorenzo, Comparison of Monthly Rain Gauge Measurements in Selected Luzon Stations with Monthly TRMM 3B43 Version 6 Precipitation Measurements, 28th Samahang Pisika ng Pilipinas (SPP) Physics Congress at MMLDC, Antipolo City, 25-27 October 2010.

GT Narisma, PC West, CC Barford, CJ Kucharick, and JA Foley, A global diagnostic analysis of the relative impacts of land cover change and advection on the local climate, 27th Samahang Pisika ng Pilipinas Phytsics Congress, October 28-30, 2009, Tagaytay City.

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