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The state of our planet and atmosphere is of great concern to scientists and is becoming an increasingly popular issue of debate worldwide. As some areas of the country continue to recover from last year’s hurricanes, others are dealing with devastating heat and severe drains on the nation’s energy supply. It is the urgency of such issues and the general field of earth and atmospheric sciences to which this issue of Momentum is dedicated.

Every scientist endeavors first to understand his or her world and then to improve it in some way. This is particularly true of University of Houston scientists in the earth and atmospheric fields. Imagine the lives that can be saved by improving the quality of the air we breathe and by more accurately predicting natural disasters. The research you will read about in this issue directly contributes to these kinds of improvements. As with all of our faculty members, we are quite proud of those who are working to make our world a better place to live.

In this issue of Momentum, you will learn about our faculty’s collaborative efforts to determine the state of ozone in and around Houston. Also featured are Dr. James Lawrence and his work in predicting the intensity of hurricanes and Dr. Shuhab Khan and his research in understanding earthquakes and volcanoes. Finally, the timely topic of global warming is addressed by Dr. Daewon Byun.

Please enjoy this issue and let me know what you think.

John L. Bear



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