UMD AOSC Seminar

How Can Environmental Changes Affect Climate:
Findings From the EAST-AIRE and AMF Experiments in China

Professor Zhanqing Li

Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science
Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center
Univeristy of Maryland

Over the past a few decades, China has experienced dramatic changes in its environment and climate. Understanding if these changes are intertwined would provide a key to understand the general impact of anthropogenic activities on earth’s natural climate system. To this end, we have conducted extensive and intensive observations in China under the East Asian Study of Tropospheric Experiments: an International Regional Experiment (EAST-AIRE) and the deployment of the DOE’s ARM Moblile Facility (AMF). By modulating atmospheric heating profile, surface energy balance and cloud microphysics, we found that changes in the atmospheric environment of China played significant roles in observed changes in radiation, precipitation, temperature, atmospheric circulation, and even the Asian monsoon system. In this talk, I will give an overview of the findings as reported in two special sections in the J. Geophy. Res. in 2007 and 2010.

April 7, 2011, Thursday

Seminar: 3:30-4:30pm

Computer and Space Sciences (CSS) Building, Auditorium (Room 2400)
Refreshment is served at 3:00pm in the adjoining Atrium

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AOSC 818. Frontiers in Atmosphere, Ocean, Climate, and Synoptic Meteorology Research