Image from TERRA
Sat, 10 Nov 2018 11:10 EST

Within a day, the fire had consumed 70,000 acres of land.

Image from TERRA
Tue, 30 Oct 2018 13:30 EDT

This summer and early fall, beachgoers and residents along Florida’s central Gulf Coast endured an unpleasant and, at worst, debilitating aquatic annoyance: a dangerous red tide caused by the harmful algae Karenia brevis.

Image from TERRA
Wed, 10 Oct 2018 13:03 EDT

More than 400 miles above Earth, a satellite the size of a school bus is earning its frequent flyer miles. On Oct. 6, NASA’s Terra completed 100,000 orbits around Earth. Terra, which launched Dec. 18, 1999, is projected to continue operation into the 2020s.

Dr. James R. Drummond

james_drummondCanada MOPITT Principal Investigator

Dalhousie University
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Canada B3H 4R2
Phone: +1 902-494-3540
Email: james.drummond at dal.ca


Dr. James R. Drummond is a leader in building Canadian satellite experiments, such as MOPITT (Measurements of Pollution in the Troposphere), which is providing a picture of pollution over the entire globe. He also worked on the Canadian SciSat mission looking at ozone levels in the Canadian Arctic, and now leads PEARL (Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory) in Canada’s Far North.

An international leader in space instrument design, testing and deployment, Drummond is using his Canada Research Chair to come up with more effective and more comprehensive ways of monitoring the health of the atmosphere.
By developing new, specialized instruments, Drummond and his colleagues are able to take better measurements of the gases and particles in the atmosphere and thus gain a deeper understanding of what is happening to the air. Their research is taking us one step closer to a time when we will have a continuous real-time picture of the atmosphere.

An extremely significant part of Dr. Drummond’s research effort in the last 12 years has been devoted to the Measurements Of Pollution In The Troposphere (MOPITT) instrument to measure carbon monoxide and methane in the troposphere. The MOPITT project is directly funded by the Canadian Space Agency.

Drummond has been involved in a number of other projects including: the Sub-Doppler Infrared Spectroscopic Studies of Line Shape and Broadening Mechanisms, the Middle Atmosphere Nitrogen Trends Assessment (MANTRA), the SCISAT program, a Mission to the Atmosphere of Mars, the Industrial Research Chair, the Canadian Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Change (CANDAC) and the Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory (PEARL).

Drummond has degrees in physics and atmospheric physics from Oxford University.