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.
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!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"
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