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Atmospheric Science

Observations of ice and liquid clouds from the HIPPO field campaign, which are currently being used to improve the representation of ice in climate models and better understand the role of these clouds on climate


Climate research in the department covers a broad range of topics using both modeling and experimental approaches. Global and regional climate models are used to investigate the effects of aerosols (e.g., mineral dust, wildfire aerosols, pollution aerosols) on clouds and the hydrological cycle (Liu). Moreover, numerical techniques are applied to understand how precipitation efficiency will change in a future climate and what factors (i.e., microphysical and/or dynamical) are responsible (Lebo). Regional climate modeling focused on orographic precipitation and snowpack dynamics is utilized to improve observational areal estimates of precipitation and snowpack and in order to estimate changes to these variables in a changing global climate (Geerts). Another focus area is the evaluation and improvement of mixed-phase cloud parameterization in climate models (Liu). After carbon dioxide, methane and absorbing aerosol, which are both being observed using state-of-the-art observation platforms, are the two species with the largest positive radiative forcing and understanding their sources is critical to quantifying the anthropogenic influence on climate (Murphy and Caulton). Currently, UW is working to quantify emissions from oil and gas extraction, wildfires, and other major sources.

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Atmospheric Science,

EN 6034

Dept. 3038

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307)766-3245


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