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.
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!April 2017
April 24: Congratulations to Yang Li for successfully defending her Ph.D. dissertation!
Congratulations to undergraduate Peiyun Zhu for her graduation. Peiyun will be attending graduate school at Stanford in the fall.
Visit to the group by Mary Barth, NCAR scientist, who will be presenting a research seminar titled "Thunderstorms and Atmospheric Composition: A Meeting of Cloud Physics, Dynamics, Lightning, and Chemistry" on April 25 at 3:30PM in room 2424.
April 17: Visit by Professor Shiliang Wu from Michigan Technological University titled "GLASP: Global Arsenic Pollution" at 10AM in the Donahue room. Dr. Wu is visiting as part of the Graham Institute Catalyst Grant project titled Atmospheric Modeling in Human Health & Climate Change Risk Assessment: Wildfire Smoke Exposures.March 2017
Dr. Steiner presents at seminar in the Geosciences Department at Western Michigan University.February 2017
Congratulations to undergraduate Peiyun Zhu for two awards: the Earth and Environmental Sciences department Undergraduate Excellence award as well as the AGU Outstanding Student Paper award!
Welcome to visiting researcher Vladimir Ivanov from National Institute of Geophysics, Geodesy and Geography/Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (NIGGG/BAS) as part of the Marie Curie IRSES grant titled "REQUA: Regional climate-air quality interactions"January 2017
Dr. Steiner presents a seminar at the University of Toronto's Centre for Global Change Science Distinguished Lecturer Series on the role of BVOC chemistry across spatial scales.
Presentations from the group at the 2017 AMS Annual Meeting include:
- Thursday, January 26, Abstract 6.2: Dust as ice nuclei: Implications on a mesoscale convective event in the Central Great Plains - presented by graduate student Stacey Kawecki
Plus three posters in the Sunday Student poster session from the Great Lakes MDP team:
- S24: Modeled sensitivity of tropospheric ozone to PBL height in the Great Lakes region - from MDP Team Jennifer Bukowski, Lindsey Fitzpatrick and Kyle Richardville
- S57: Effects of WRF model resolution on convective features of a severe weather event - from MDP Team Kimberly Frauhammer, Rafal Ogorek, and Lindsay Rasmussen
- S63: Modeling lake effect snow with an interactive lake model in WRF - from MDP team Nick Azzopardi, Mukund Manikantan and Reem Raba
Dr. Steiner presents a seminar at Michigan State University's Geography, Environment and Spatial Sciences Department's Triple-G symposium series on our work on moisture fluxes in the Great Lakes region.
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