|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.