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    • M.S., Geophysics and Space Physics, University of California, Los Angeles, 1995

    • Ph.D., Geophysics and Space Physics, University of California, Los Angeles, 1998

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      June 10, 2016 : APS Scientists Observe Mercury Transit with the Public

      On May 9th, 2016, a special celestial event occurred when the planet Mercury lined up exactly with the Sun in the sky as viewed from the Earth. In Hampton, Mercury began to cross the disk of the Sun shortly after sunrise at 7:20am and spent a leisurely seven hours making a sharp, round shadow on […]

      October 23, 2015 : APS Professor Moore Hosts Astronomy Night Event

      The White House announced earlier this year that October 19th of this year was going to be the National Astronomy Night, and invited professional scientists and amateur astronomers to host events around the country.  The goal is to expand access to STEM experiences for the next generation of scientists, engineers, and inventors.  The White House […]

      June 15, 2015 : APS Professor William B. Moore Quoted on Europa Mission

      APS Professor William B. Moore was interviewed for an article published on about the upcoming NASA Europa mission.  

      June 1, 2015 : APS Exhibit lights up CNU STEM Day
      Fire tornado demonstration.

      The Hampton University Atmospheric and Planetary Science Department took its show on the road on Saturday, May 30, to Christopher Newport University’s annual STEM Day celebration.  Faculty members John McNabb and William Moore were joined by graduate students John Blalock, Liqiao Lei, and Earnest Nyaku inside and outside the CNU Field House to demonstrate atmospheric […]

      March 18, 2015 : Cirrus and Aircraft Interact over Hampton

      Dr. William Moore of the APS department noticed a region of cirrus over Hampton that showed a strong interaction with three aircraft trails. The image, below, shows how turbulent mixing due to the passage of an aircraft disturbs the cirrus structure.  The jet streaks left behind a particularly dense cloud that cast a noticeable linear […]

  • William B. Moore

    Dr. William B. Moore is a Planetary Scientist, Professor in the Atmospheric and Planetary Science Department at Hampton University and the Hampton University Professor in Residence at the National Institute of Aerospace. He is interested in the physical processes that link the interior evolution of planetary bodies with their surfaces, atmospheres and dynamics, and particularly how heat transport influences planetary habitability.

    Project: Heat Transport in the Hadean Mantle: From Heat Pipes to Plates

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    Dr. William B. Moore has been awarded a 3-year NSF grant to study the early history of the Earth and how it cooled early in its history. After the Earth’s first solid crust formed, the hot interior continued to cool by producing huge amounts of magma that worked its way to the surface through cracks […]

    Project: EUROPA Exploration of Under-ice Regions with Ocean Profiling Agents

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    With Leigh McCue and Craig Woolsey of Virginia Tech, we have been studying what it would take to get one or more autonomous underwater gliders into the ocean of Europa to explore that vast and unknown region.

    Project: Deciphering the Genesis of Modern Earth and Venus through the Carbon Cycle: How Surface Dynamics Influence Mantle Properties

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    Earth and Venus are planets of similar mass and structure that likely started off quite similarly but somehow over time developed very different atmospheres.  Venus’ high surface temperature is due to a runaway greenhouse effect, chiefly caused by a carbon cycle that has transferred mostly the planet’s entire carbon reservoir into the atmosphere. It is […]

    Project: HBCU-RISE Hampton University: Advanced Physical Modeling and Simulation for 21st Century Scientists

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    3D Torus

    From weather prediction to medical imaging to nuclear physics, numerical modeling and simulation have become central to the way we investigate and manipulate the physical world. Building on Hampton University’s expertise in Atmospheric Remote Sensing and Planetary Physics, the objective of the proposed project is to develop a complementary modeling and data analysis capability through […]

    Project: The Living, Breathing Planet

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    The Living, Breathing Planet

    Graduate student opportunities available now! More information here. Hampton University Department of Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences has been selected to lead a team within the Nexus for Exoplanet Systems Science (NExSS). As one of 17 teams, we work to advance NASA’s search for life by bringing together Planetary Science, Heliophysics, Astrophysics, and Astrobiology to deepen […]

    Project: HU Center for Atmospheric Research and Education (CARE)

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    The Atmospheric and Planetary Science (APS) Department at Hampton University (HU) has established the Center for Atmospheric Research and Education (CARE) in collaboration with NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) and partners at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Supported by NASA’s MUREP Institutional Research Opportunity (MIRO) Program, CARE will […]

    Project: Utilizing NASA DISCOVER-AQ Data to Examine Spatial Gradients in Complex Emission Environments

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    Although many regulations have been enacted with the goal of improving air quality, many parts of the US are still classified as ‘non-attainment areas’ because they frequently violate federal air quality standards. Adequately monitoring the spatial distribution of pollutants both within and outside of non-attainment areas has been an ongoing challenge for regulators. Observations of […]