Program News

‘Until Next Time, Oliktok’
Apr 30, 2018       
A diverse team of atmospheric scientists goes to work in an evolving Arctic Last spring, University of Colorado, Boulder research scientist Jessie Creamean spent a few weeks in frigid and windy Oliktok Point, Alaska. Within sight of the ice-bound Beaufort Sea and North Slope oil rigs and refineries, she set up an aerosol sampling system for [...]

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DOE Unveils New High-Resolution Earth System Model
Apr 30, 2018       
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has unveiled a powerful, new earth system model that uses the world’s fastest computers so that scientists can better understand how earth system processes interact today and how they may evolve in the future. After four years of development, the Energy Exascale Earth System Model (E3SM) was recently released to [...]

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In Search of the Physical Factors Behind Severe Storms
Apr 30, 2018       
Since childhood, Jiwen Fan looked to the skies for inspiration As a girl in a farming village in Hunan Province, China, Jiwen Fan—now a fast-rising atmospheric scientist—grew up in a household with earthen floors and no electricity. She was the eldest of four children in a family of rice farmers and started working in the fields [...]

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Graduate Student Funding Opportunity Announcement
Mar 30, 2018       
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is accepting new applicants for supplemental funds to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory/facility in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist. These research opportunities are expected to advance graduate students’ doctoral theses/dissertations while providing access [...]

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Snow Does Not Dampen the 2018 Joint User Facility and PI Meeting
Mar 30, 2018       
For the second year in a row, a major snowstorm hit during the Joint User Facility/Principal Investigator Meeting in Tysons, Virginia. The storm impacted the travel plans of some of the more than 300 Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Facility staff members and Atmospheric System Research (ASR) principal investigators who registered to attend the March 19 [...]

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Firsts and Forecasts From a Dean of Modeling
Mar 30, 2018       
"Engage with data in useful ways," says NASA veteran  Earth system modeler Anthony D. “Tony” Del Genio is a three-decade NASA veteran. Away from the job, he is an avid fan of “Doctor Who,” and a wine enthusiast who builds vacations around vineyards. But you won’t find him away from the job much. From his office at [...]

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On the Way: A Better Analysis of Ice in Clouds
Feb 26, 2018       
A project aims to improve how ice cloud microphysics is represented in models The clouds we see every day are composed of water and ice. Microphysical processes govern the many ways cloud-making water drops and ice particles grow, shrink, stick together, break up, and fall. In turn, cloud microphysics influence the atmospheric dynamics that create clouds [...]

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Amazon Rainforest Provides a Unique Natural Lab to Study Effects of Aerosols
Jan 29, 2018       
Research funded by ASR on the power of aerosols is the focus of a new paper in the journal Science.  While scientists have known that aerosols may play an important role in shaping weather and climate, this study shows that the smallest of particles have a big effect: Particles smaller than one-thousandth the width of a [...]

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For Clouds and Aerosols, a Renewed Three-year Look at Small-scale Processes
Jan 29, 2018       
The two-lab, multi-partner effort includes a strong collaboration between experimentalists and modelers Clouds in all their forms are familiar, but scientists still grapple with understanding the processes that influence their shapes, sizes, and life cycles. These vastly consequential bodies of ice and water hold and dispense rain and snow, cast shadows from the sun, and blanket the [...]

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Early Career Funding Opportunity Available
Dec 21, 2017       
A funding opportunity for early career researchers in universities and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories is available from the Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER). The purpose of the DOE Office of Science Early Career Research Program is to support the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their [...]

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Scientist Profile Part 2: The Road to Aerosol Science
Dec 10, 2017       
Allison McComiskey’s path to atmospheric science involved fruitful swerves into biology, deep history, and the environment Science is the practice of informed looking. It requires an early embrace of observation, curiosity, and questioning. So it was with Allison McComiskey, a physical scientist with the Earth System Research Laboratory at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). She [...]

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2017 AGU Presentations Featuring ASR Science
Dec 09, 2017       
With more than 20,000 attendees, the volume of research presented at the 2017 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting might have felt overwhelming. Below is a list of ASR-related AGU meeting highlights from the December 2017 event. Go here to find a full list of ASR-related sessions, talks, and posters. Town Halls U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) [...]

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Jiwen Fan Paper Tops Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences Most Read List
Nov 25, 2017       
Congratulations to Atmospheric System Research (ASR) scientist Jiwen Fan, who is the lead author of the most read paper from the past 12 months on the Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences website. Fan is an atmospheric modeler at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory specializing in untangling the relationships between aerosols, clouds, and climate. Specifically, she has contributed [...]

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Joint User Facility and PI Meeting: How to Submit a Breakout Session Topic
Nov 20, 2017       
Planning has already begun for the 2018 Joint User Facility and PI Meeting, to be held March 19 to 23, 2018, at the Sheraton Tysons Hotel in Tysons, Virginia. For the upcoming meeting, there will be a change to the process for proposing breakout sessions. Instead of submitting breakout session requests on the meeting website, any [...]

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New ASR Funding Opportunity Announcement for Fiscal Year 2018
Nov 17, 2017       
Atmospheric System Research (ASR) in the Climate and Environmental Sciences Division (CESD), Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) of the Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), supports research on key cloud, aerosol, precipitation, and radiative transfer processes that affect the Earth’s radiative balance and hydrological cycle, especially processes that limit the predictive [...]

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Allison McComiskey Searches the Skies for Aerosol Answers
Oct 27, 2017       
The great uncertainties in models that simulate radiative transfer require a complex quest One afternoon not long ago, atmospheric observationalist Allison McComiskey slipped on her hiking boots and headed to Table Mountain, a short drive from her office in Boulder, Colorado. McComiskey, a physical scientist with the Earth System Research Laboratory at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric [...]

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High Importance in the Heavens: The Enduring Challenge of Representing Clouds
Sep 24, 2017       
With modeling in mind, one cloud microphysicist has gone far afield to research the properties and processes of Earth’s elusive cloud cover It was 30 years ago this year that Greg McFarquhar graduated from the University of Toronto with a bachelor’s degree (with honors) in mathematics and physics. That fall, at the same university, he immediately [...]

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Brookhaven’s Computational Science Laboratory Accelerates Radar Simulator Code for Cloud Research
Sep 24, 2017       
A feature story published by the Brookhaven National Laboratory Media & Communications Office and shared with permission Imagine you are standing outside. Parts of the sky are clear while others are covered with white puffy clouds. After an hour, you are asked to report how many clouds passed over you in that time period. While your [...]

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DOE Office of Science Announces Graduate Student Funding Opportunity
Sep 19, 2017       
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is accepting new applicants for supplemental funds to conduct part of their thesis research at a DOE laboratory in research areas that are central to the Office of Science mission. These research opportunities are expected to advance graduate students’ doctoral theses [...]

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BAMS is Latest Publication to Spotlight ASR-Supported Cloud Photo Research
Sep 18, 2017       
A unique cloud study funded by the Atmospheric System Research program received coverage in the July 2017 issue of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS). The research examined cloud structure through high-resolution photography from the ground. It’s not the first time this work—highlighted in BAMS’ “Nowcast: News and Notes” section—has received high-profile recognition. In [...]

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Trio of ASR Investigators Selected as 2017 American Geophysical Union Fellows
Sep 18, 2017       
Honorees will be recognized in December Three currently supported Atmospheric System Research (ASR) investigators were recognized as 2017 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fellows. The honorees are: Lynn Russell of the University of California (UC), San Diego; Margaret Torn of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California, Berkeley; and Ed Zipser of the University of [...]

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New Project Funding Recommendations Announced
Aug 26, 2017       
Each year, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) opens annual funding opportunities to support fundamental research and scientific user facilities to deliver the scientific discoveries and major scientific tools that transform our understanding of nature and advance the energy, economic, and national security of the United States. Atmospheric System Research (ASR), within the DOE Office of [...]

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Guang Zhang’s Great Leap Forward in Understanding Deep Convection
Aug 26, 2017       
Trace the path of a master modeler, who weaves into math the dynamic motion, pressure, heat, and moisture behind storm clouds Guang Zhang is a research meteorologist with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego. He will occasionally pose for a picture with a palm tree and the Pacific Ocean behind [...]

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ASR Scientist Plans to Use DOE Early Career Award to Study Thunderstorms
Aug 26, 2017       
Congratulations to Atmospheric System Research (ASR) scientist Jiwen Fan for receiving a 2017 Early Career Research Program award from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Fan, an atmospheric scientist and ASR scientific focus area member at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, will use the award to study severe thunderstorms in the central United States. She is one [...]

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Scientist Profile: Ann Fridlind Stays Grounded While Studying the Clouds
Jul 24, 2017       
One thing about cloud scientists: They never have their heads in the clouds. They are as grounded as trees. They hold steady to deep investigations of their subject, those mutable gatherings of water droplets and ice particles that the rest of us might only see as bunnies, lions, and camels. Take Ann Fridlind, for instance, an [...]

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A Family Affair: How Cloud, Land Surface, and Aerosols Interact to Influence the Atmosphere
Jun 26, 2017       
New Lab-funded research findings, models, and feedbacks will inform the global models of the future Solar radiation pierces through the sky from above. It interacts with clouds, and then with soil, vegetation, and water bodies at the surface of the Earth. Corresponding salvos of heat, water, volatile organic carbon, and aerosols go from Earth to sky. [...]

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