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Dale Andersen
Works at Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe, SETI Institute
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Earth

A visualization of global weather conditions forecast by supercomputers updated every three hours

Ocean surface current estimates updated every five days

Ocean surface temperatures and anomaly from daily average (1981-2011) updated daily

Ocean waves updated every three hours

https://earth.nullschool.net/#current/wind/surface/level/orthographic=-100.84,39.73,594
See current wind, weather, ocean, and pollution conditions, as forecast by supercomputers, on an interactive animated map. Updated every three hours.
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Celebrating the Diversity of Life:

Adirondack Wildflowers: Purple Trillium (Trillium erectum), Henry's Woods, Lake Placid, NY

Springtime in the Adirondack Mountains is a wonderful time and over the next 2-3 weeks the forests will be adorned with a variety of wildlfowers including Purple and Painted Trillium.
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Give Nick his Wings Back

A note from a friend:

Because we love ski jumping.

483 days ago my teammate, friend and activity partner in crime lost his wings. Nick is so much more than a Olympic ski jumper. Not only does he love flying off jumps he also loves spiking the volleyball in yo face, nutmegging you in pickup soccer, shredding the lake to pieces, hucking backs off cliffs, nailing balls down the fairway (at night), shooting crows on the golf course, aceing you on the courts, throwing down in the Vopa, hitting Whitey no matter the conditions, practicing karate with his weird ninja sticks
and so much more.

Nick will continue to do those things – a spinal cord injury will stand in his way. Let's rally together to raise money and awareness for Nick, WingsforLife and countless others who can and will be cured!

X Danielle


https://fundraising.wingsforlifeworldrun.com/si/en/9fd8beb415b211e697230a9de91963a7
Because we love ski jumping. 483 days ago my teammate, friend and activity partner in crime lost his wings. Nick is so much more than...
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Very cool, for those of you who did not watch last night's launch, here is the replay:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0bMeDj76ig
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Some members of Congress want to allow the sale of thousands of acres of the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge in Puerto Rico, transferring its land to the government of the …
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Take action by adding your name to stand with Puerto Ricans and all Americans and reject this not-so-subtle threat to our public lands and the wildlife that depend on them.

https://online.nwf.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=2252&s_subsrc=Web_Content_Action_SeaTurtles2252_Blog_SellOffRefuge

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The Sea of Cortez: There is plenty of reason for Hope!
Sylvia Earle

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Mars Evolution from Wet to Dry for Planetariums

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Ancient regions on Mars bear signs of abundant water - such as features resembling valleys and deltas, and minerals that only form in the presence of liquid water. Scientists think that billions of years ago, the atmosphere of Mars was much denser and warm enough to form rivers, lakes, and perhaps even oceans of water. As the planet cooled and lost its global magnetic field, the solar wind and solar storms eroded away to space a significant amoun...
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Day of the Trillium

Springtime in the Adirondack Mountains is a wonderful time and over the next 2-3 weeks the forests will be adorned with a variety of wildlfowers including Trillium. I was walking in Henry's Woods earlier today and noticed one or two of the plants had flowered so I grabbed a snapshot with my iPhone. Might have to hit the trails with my Nikon this weekend.
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All Creatures Great and Small....an image captured during a backyard photo-safari with my Nikon D4
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I hope our elected officials find the wisdom to preserve this region as protected wilderness providing a much-needed corridor for the flora and fauna of the Adirondacks. Sign the petition:


http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2016/05/new-reports-issued-boreas-ponds-ecological-value.html#comments
The state’s newest piece of Adirondack Forest Preserve shelters rare plants, pure waters and sensitive wildlife species.
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Please add your voice by signing the petition advocating to have this region set aside as wilderness:

http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/51275/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=16247

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Human and Robotic Exploration

Human exploration has for the most part only included humans...but there are times when that is not apprpriate because of safety concerns in extreme environmental conditons, costs, distance or some combination of those elements. In recent years techonolgical innovations have added countless new ways to explore these site using methods that were almost unimaginable 20 years ago. Take a look at the example provided by Stanford University's OceanOne, a humanoid diving robot outfitted with human vision, haptic force feedback and an artificial brain. In the early 1990's I began using telepresent remotely operated vehicles developed at NASA's Ames Research Center in conjunction with Sylvia Earle and Graham Hawkes, and Phil Ballou of Deep Ocean Engineering to explore lakes and oceans beneath thick Antarctic  ice and its wonderful to see this technology mature. Keep in mind that while robotics provide a great tool with which to conduct remote studies, the human mind will always be involved, and when appropriate, having the human presence onsite will be an important part of the equation. There should never be a race to see if robotics can replace humans but we should move forward to develop new tools and methods that humans can employ onsite and from remote locations - the right tool for the right job. 

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  • Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe, SETI Institute
    Scientist, 1993 - present
    I am a scientist and an explorer and I conduct interesting and unusual research in some of the most extreme and remote places on the planet. I carry out research to understand how microbial life is able to exist in extreme environments on Earth. I use the resulting scientific findings to better understand Earth’s earliest biosphere and to help guide the search for life elsewhere such as on the planet Mars.
  • Lockheed Engineering and Sciences Co.
    Principal Scientist, 1987 - 1993
    Provided programmatic support for NASA's Space Life Sciences Division (mainly Exobiology, CELSS, Biospherics programs), NASA HQ, Washington, D.C.
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Job Description: To Explore the Unknown
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Dale T. Andersen, Ph.D.

Expertise: Limnology/Astrobiology

Affiliation: Carls Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe, SETI Institute 

Fellow Member, 1987 The Explorers Club

Help Support Dale's Research!

https://www.teamseti.org/supportdale

Your support will enable our continued research of one of the most beautiful and fascinating ecosystems on the planet – one we discovered while diving beneath thick Antarctic ice.  Our work is a journey of discovery – one that encompasses adventure, curiosity, imagination, leadership and courage along with a burning desire to advance knowledge. Importantly, we are seeking adequate funding to support our ongoing efforts of scientific research, technical analyses and syntheses of scientific information that will help explain critical emerging issues pertaining to the conservation and preservation of fragile ecosystems in Antarctica. 

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BS Biology, Va Tech 

Ph.D.,  Physical Geography, McGill University


Job Description: To Explore the Unknown


Dale has been a Principal Investigator at the SETI Institute’s Center for the Study of Life in the Universe since 1993.  During this time, his research has focused on microbial ecosystems in extreme environments including areas of the Arctic, Antarctic, Atacama Desert, Death Valley and Siberia.


Dale’s research interests are with the origin, evolution and distribution of life in the universe and he has been involved with NASA’s Exobiology and Astrobiology programs since the mid 1980’s.  He is interested in locating, characterizing and understanding environments where physical and chemical conditions approach or exceed the tolerances for life. This includes biogeochemical processes occurring in polar lakes, oceans, and springs, or in lithic environments such as sandstones or retrogressive thaw slumps harbouring massive ground ice. Of particular interest are the physical controls and ecological impacts that perennial ice-covers and thick continuous permafrost have on the structure and function of microbial ecosystems.


Dale has participated in field research in polar regions for more than 30 years having participated and led 14 expeditions to the Antarctic (each lasting 4.5-6 months on the continent) and over twenty-six expeditions to the Arctic. Dale helped pioneer scientific research diving in the perennially ice-covered lakes of the McMurdo Dry Valleys and the Bunger Hills and has made more than 600 dives beneath polar ice, north and south.  Dale was the first to use remotely operated vehicle (ROV) technology in the Antarctic to help explore lake and marine environments and as a PI at the SETI Institute he helped develop and utilize telepresence technology to extend the capabilities of the underwater ROV’s. 


Dale’s research has been featured in numerous newspaper and popular journals such as National Geographic and Sky and Telescope as well as on the Discovery Channel Canada, National Geographic TV and in three PBS programs - Life on Ice, Antarctica and MarsLive! From Other worlds and The New Explorers - Crystal Lab.  Dale created and was the driving force behind the production of the award winning documentary Life on Ice, Antarctica and Mars and Live! From Other Worlds, a three part, interactive field trip that allowed students to make virtual dives with Dale under the ice in Antarctica while controlling telepresent rovers from their desktop computers. Dale is a Fellow Member of the Explorers Club (FN87), and an Eagle Scout.

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Early internet blogger with "Dale's Dive Diary" hosted by NASA Quest in Nov-Dec 1993
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  • McGill University
    2004
  • McGill University
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