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Atmospheric Science

College of Engineering and Applied Science

Daniel McCoy, Assistant Professor

Room 6029, Engineering Building

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  • B.S., Physics, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, 2010
  • Ph.D., Atmospheric Science, University of Washington, 2016
  • Postdoc, Atmospheric Science, University of Leeds, 2016-2020

Research Statement

Dr. McCoy’s research focuses on understanding how clouds affect the climate system. He has worked with climate models and remote sensing to examine how aerosol affect clouds and our understanding of climate sensitivity and how clouds will respond to warming.

Research Areas

  • Cloud physics
  • Climate modeling
  • Aerosol-cloud interactions
  • Cloud feedback

Selected Publications

  • McCoy DT, Field P, Bodas-Salcedo A, Elsaesser GS, Zelinka MD. A regime-oriented approach to observationally constraining extratropical shortwave cloud feedbacks. J Climate. 2020:1-55.

  • McCoy IL, McCoy DT, Wood R, Regayre L, Watson-Parris D, Grosvenor DP, et al. The hemispheric contrast in cloud microphysical properties constrains aerosol forcing. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 2020:201922502.

  • McCoy DT, Field P, Gordon H, Elsaesser GS, Grosvenor DP. Untangling causality in midlatitude aerosol–cloud adjustments. Atmos Chem Phys. 2020;20(7):4085-103.

  • Zelinka MD, Myers TA, McCoy DT, Po-Chedley S, Caldwell PM, Ceppi P, et al. Causes of higher climate sensitivity in CMIP6 models. Geophys Res Lett. 2020.

  • McCoy DT, Field PR, Elsaesser GS, Bodas-Salcedo A, Kahn BH, Zelinka MD, et al. Cloud feedbacks in extratropical cyclones: insight from long-term satellite data and high-resolution global simulations. Atmos Chem Phys. 2019;19(2):1147-72.

  • McCoy DT, Bender FAM, Grosvenor DP, Mohrmann JK, Hartmann DL, Wood R, et al. Predicting decadal trends in cloud droplet number concentration using reanalysis and satellite data. Atmos Chem Phys. 2018;18(3):2035-47.

  • McCoy DT, Burrows SM, Wood R, Grosvenor DP, Elliott SM, Ma PL, et al. Natural aerosols explain seasonal and spatial patterns of Southern Ocean cloud albedo. Science Advances. 2015;1(6):e1500157.

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