How will our world respond to climate change? In our research group, we study the relationship between the atmosphere and the terrestrial biosphere.
Why do we study the terrestrial biosphere? Trees are a living, breathing dynamic component of the Earth system. Like humans, they can respond and adapt to climate change in ways that we cannot anticipate. Further, these responses can influence atmospheric composition through the release of gas phase compounds like water vapor and volatile organic compounds (VOC), and particulate matter such as pollen. These gas and aerosol components can cause changes in climate at the local and regional scale by altering surface air temperatures and precipitation.
How can we represent such a dynamic, responsive component such as trees into our climate models? And how important are these natural changes in comparison to those that are driven by human beings? Our research group works to integrate the dynamic biosphere into high-resolution models and compare with observations, with the ultimate goal of developing a comprehensive understanding of regional scale climate and atmospheric chemistry.
A new paper co-authored by Dr. Steiner on the ozone-temperature relationship in the Midwest is now out in Atmospheric Environment.
This month is all about workshops, including the Ozone Deposition Workshop at Lamont-Doherty (October 1-2), the Science Users SMAP meeting at MIT (October 18-19), and the National Academies Workshop on The Future of Boundary Layer Observing (October 23-26).
- September 2017
Welcome to Thiago dos Santos, a new postdoc in the group! Thiago recently finished his Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota and will be working on NASA SMAP data with the CLM.
September 11-14: iLEAPS Science Conference in Oxford, UK.
September 18-19: Dr. Steiner attends the final REQUA project meeting in Thessaloniki, Greece.
September 26-29: Dr. Steiner co-chairs the 2017 College of Engineering NextProf workshop.
Congratulations to graduate student Matthew Wozniak on the acceptance of his pollen emissions paper in GMD!August 2017
Congratulations to Yang Li for the publication of her second dissertation manuscript, titled "Impact of in-cloud aqueous processes on the chemistry and transport of biogenic volatile organic compounds" now online in JGR-Atmospheres.July 2017
Dr. Steiner presents the group's pollen research at the Gordon Conference on Atmospheric Chemistry in Sunday River, Maine.June 2017
Graduate student Matt Wozniak has a new paper online in Geoscientific Model Developement Discussions on the pollen emissions model.
Welcome to visiting graduate student Serafeim (Makis) Kontos from Thessaloniki University! Makis is visiting the group through October as part of the EU-funded Marie Curie Training Grant.
Farewell to group members Stacey Kawecki and Peiyun Zhu! Stacey will be starting a postdoctoral fellowship position at Colorado State University and Peiyun is headed off to graduate school at Stanford.
Congratulations to graduate student Samantha Basile on the publication of paper titled "Projected precipitation changes within the Great Lakes and Western Lake Erie Basin: A multi-model analysis of intensity and seasonality" now available online in the International Journal of Climatology.May 2017
May 22: NSF CoastalSEES project team meeting for year one in the Space Research Building (12-5PM). Project updates are provided on the project website.
Dr. Steiner participates in Hill visits in Washington D.C. representing UCAR science.
May 5: Congratulations to Stacey Kawecki for successfully defending her Ph.D. dissertation!
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