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.
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.December 2016
Presentations from the group at the 2016 AGU Fall Meeting include:
- Monday December 12: A13H-0388: A 10-year climatology of pollen aerosol for the continental United States: Implications for aerosol-climate interactions, Abstract A13H-0388 (graduate student Matthew Wozniak)
- Thursday December 15: NG41B-1736: The atmospheric moisture budget over the Great lakes: Comparing reanalysis and CMIP5 present-day simulations (Steiner, Gates and Posselt)
- Thursday December 15: A41C-0042:Comparing turbulent mixing of biogenic VOC across model scales (graduate student Yang Li)
- Thursday December 15: A43E-0276: One-dimensional canopy modeling of biogenic VOC during the 2016 PROPHET AMOS campaign (visiting graduate student Sarah Kavassalis)
- Friday December 16: B42B-02: The global influence of cloud optical thickness on terrestrial carbon uptake (undergraduate Peiyun Zhu)
Interested in learning more about the publication process? Come by the AGU and ESWN Publications special session titled Success in Scientific Publishing and Outreach at the Fall AGU meeting. Dr. Steiner is representing journals as an editor at JGR-Atmospheres.
Congratulations to former postdoc Kirsti Ashworth on the final publication of her paper titled "Modelling bidirectional fluxes of methanol and acetaldehyde with the FORCAsT canopy exchange model" in ACP.
Final poster presentations from the Great Lakes MDP group! Look for upcoming abstracts in the Student Poster session at the American Meteorological Society Meeting in January.November 2016
Graduate student Matthew Wozniak visits collaborator Fabien Solmon to work on the incorporation of pollen aerosol into RegCM in Toulouse, France.
Dr. Steiner represented CLaSP and the Earth Sciences Women's Network at the MESTA Earth and Space Sciences Careers Day.
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