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.
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: Implicatinos 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.October 2016
October 24: Dr. Steiner presents a seminar on atmospheric chemistry across the planetary boundary layer at Michigan Tech University.
Dr. Steiner attends the UCAR member and PACUR meetings in Boulder, CO.
October 10: Dr. Steiner participates in a panel on "Exposure and Health in a Changing Environment" in the UM School of Public Health hosted by Andy Ault.September 2016
Dr. Steiner presents on service (and doing *just* the right amount!) to the 2016 CoE NextProf workshop.
Graduate student Yang Li and Dr. Steiner present posters at the IGAC Conference in Breckenridge, CO.
Interested in how forest canopy interactions affect atmospheric chemistry? Stop by our IGAC Wednesday afternoon workshop describing CANEXMIP: A canopy modeling intercomparison project. More information to follow on other activities soon.
Congrats to grad student Stacey Kawecki on the publication of her paper titled "Effects of urban plume aerosols on a mesoscale convective system" to be published in the Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences. Link to follow soon!
Welcome to visiting student Sarah Kavassalis! Sarah is working on her Ph.D. in Chemistry with Jennifer Murphy at the University of Toronto and will be working with the group this term on 1D canopy modeling.
A kickoff meeting for the new NSF CoastalSEES is held in Ann Arbor for our project titled "Enhancing sustainability in coastal communities threatened by harmful algal blooms by advancing and integrating environmental and socio-economic modeling."
For older events, please visit the News Archive.