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.
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."Summer 2016
Former visiting student Thanos Tsikerdekis has a new paper up on ACPD on his work on dust size distributions in RegCM.
A lot of things happening up at the UMBS PROPHET tower during the AMOS campaign, including operation of the lidar by grad student Matthew Wozniak and modeling by upcoming visitor Sarah Kavassalis from University of Toronto.
Dr. Steiner attends the Telluride Conference on New Insights into Gas Phase Atmospheric Chemistry to present work on modeling BVOC chemistry across scales.
Former postdoc Kirsti Ashworth has a new paper on ACPD titled Modeling bi-directional fluxes of methanol and acetaldehyde with the FORCAsT canopy exhange model.
Dr. Steiner and former postdoc Kirsti Ashworth travel to Spain for another great Gordon Research Conference on Biogenic Hydrocarbons and the Atmosphere.
Congrats to grad student Yang Li on the publication of her first paper, Large-eddy simulations of biogenic VOC chemistry during the DISCOVER-AQ 2011 campaign in JGR-Atmospheres.
Congrats to recent Ph.D. grad Susan Cheng on the publication of another chapter of her thesis, Using satellite-derived optical thickness to assess the influence of clouds on terrestrial carbon uptake in JGR-Biogeosciences.May 2016
Congratulations to Dr. Susan Cheng who successfully defended her dissertation on May 9! Susan is off to a postdoc at Cornell University.
Grad student Matthew Wozniak attends the RegCM workshop at the ICTP in Trieste Italy.
Congratulations to grad student Matthew Wozniak who passed Step 2 of his qualifying exam and is officially a Ph.D. candidate!
Dr. Steiner participates in Hill visits for the UCAR President's Advisory Council on University Relations (PACUR) meeting.
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