Sally McFarlane - 613 Seminar Series

The US Department of Energy's Atmospheric System Research (ASR) Program is an observation-based research program that focuses on process-level understanding of the key interactions among aerosols, clouds, precipitation, radiation, dynamics, and thermodynamics, with the ultimate goal of reducing the uncertainty in global and regional climate simulations and projections. The ASR program utilizes the long-term cloud, aerosol, precipitation, and meteorological datasets from the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Facility, targeted field campaigns, laboratory studies, and process models to address key uncertainties in processes associated with clouds and aerosols that affect the Earth's radiative balance and hydrological cycle and limit the predictive ability of climate models. In this talk, I will discuss the history, goals, and objectives of the ASR program; ASR's relationship with the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Facility; recent research highlights from the program; and future directions and plans.