Program News

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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Growing Insights on New Particles in the Atmosphere
May 22, 2017       
An ASR project combines field measurements, lab experiments, and computer modeling  Aerosols are tiny particles suspended in the atmosphere. Many of these particles form from vapors in a process called new particle formation (NPF). If these new particles grow from their initial size of around 1 nanometer (nm) in diameter to over 50 nm, they may [...]

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ASR Scientists will Help Lead Earth System Processes Workshop/Summer Course
May 16, 2017       
Postgraduate students from earth and environmental sciences will have an opportunity this summer to explore earth system processes in the Azores archipelago west of Portugal. Members of the Aerosol and Cloud Experiments in the Eastern North Atlantic (ACE-ENA) field campaign, which starts in June, will contribute to the lesson plan. ACE-ENA principal investigator Jian Wang and [...]

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ASR Scientists Receive Honors from American Meteorological Society
Apr 24, 2017       
The shock hasn’t worn off for Pierre Gentine. Gentine won the Clarence Leroy Meisinger Award, one of several honors handed out during the 97th annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) in January in Seattle. Gentine is an associate professor at Columbia University in New York. He received U.S. Department of Energy Atmospheric System Research (ASR) [...]

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Nominate Your Peers for 2018 American Meteorological Society Honors
Apr 24, 2017       
The American Meteorological Society (AMS) seeks nominations by May 1, 2017, for its 2018 awards, fellows, and lecturers, and by July 1, 2017, for honorary members. For most of the 36 AMS awards, nominators—those responsible for uploading and submitting complete nomination packages—must include a nomination letter, the nominee’s curriculum vitae and bibliography, three supporting letters, and [...]

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ASR Scientists Gear Up for 38th American Meteorological Society Radar Conference
Apr 24, 2017       
This summer, Atmospheric System Research (ASR) scientists will be well represented at the 38th American Meteorological Society (AMS) Radar Conference in Chicago, Illinois. Steve Nesbitt, Bobby Jackson, and Pavlos Kollias will assist with short courses during the conference, which will take place August 28 to September 1, 2017, at the Swissotel Chicago. Kollias, of Stony Brook University, [...]

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Scientist Profile: The Vertical Velocity of Virendra Ghate
Mar 27, 2017       
From a farm in India to deep into clouds Some of us gaze at clouds. Some investigate them. Virendra Prakash Ghate, an atmospheric scientist at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois, investigates the microphysics of low clouds, atmospheric radiation, and vertical velocity (mainly updrafts) within the atmosphere. With clouds as a focus, his job, supported in part by Atmospheric [...]

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2017 Joint Meeting Well Attended Despite Spring Nor’easter
Mar 27, 2017       
About 285 Atmospheric System Research (ASR) scientists and Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility staff met March 13 to 16—in the middle of a major snow storm—at the 2017 Joint User Facility/Principal Investigator Meeting in Tysons Corner, Virginia, to review progress from the past year and plan future research directions. With a reorganized agenda, ASR [...]

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Graduate Student Funding Opportunity Announcement
Feb 28, 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 areas that address scientific challenges central to the Office of Science mission. These research opportunities are expected to advance graduate students' overall doctoral [...]

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Uncovering the Turbulence-Mixed Chemistry of the Amazon Rainforest
Feb 25, 2017       
A GoAmazon study examines the aerosol-making potential within deep canopy cover One day during the spring of 2014, Pennsylvania State University atmospheric scientist Jose D. Fuentes stood on top of a 50-meter rainforest observation tower near Manaus, Brazil. “Suddenly,” he said, “this magnificent and colorful bird came from nowhere.” Then a troop of monkeys skittered through the [...]

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New ASR Working Groups Announced
Jan 21, 2017       
Beginning in 2017, the Atmospheric System Research (ASR) program is re-organizing from three working groups into four new groups. The focus remains on key cloud, aerosol, precipitation, dynamic, thermodynamic, and radiative transfer processes that have the potential to improve the accuracy of regional and global climate models. The goal of the re-organization is to make [...]

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Research Activities for ASR at 2016 AGU Fall Meeting
Dec 10, 2016       
At the 2016 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco, December 12 to 16, nearly 24,000 scientists from around the world are gathering to share their latest research results in all areas of Earth science. Connect with Atmospheric System Research scientists by attending their session or visit their poster. Below are a few items [...]

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For Critical Marine Low Clouds, a Research and Observation Plan
Nov 28, 2016       
Marine low clouds hover in the lowest couple of kilometers above the world’s oceans. They produce little but drizzle, and could never match their deeper mid-continent cousin clouds for dramatic weather and severe storms. But marine low clouds are vastly important to the world’s climate and energy balance. They are a major determinant of the [...]

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Robert McGraw Receives Prestigious Publication Award
Nov 28, 2016       
Robert McGraw, Atmospheric System Research (ASR) researcher, has been recognized with an Aerosol Science and Technology (AS&T) Outstanding Publication Award from the American Association for Aerosol Research (AAAR) for his 1997 paper: “Description of Aerosol Dynamics by the Quadrature Method of Moments.” Aerosol Science & Technology 27(2): 255-265, doi:10.1080/02786829708965471. This award, established in 2015, is given [...]

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