AOSC Seminar by Dr. Aaron Piña, 11/30/2023
Dr. Aaron Piña
US Forest Service
Atmospheric sciences and fire weather research at the US Forest Service
The USDA Forest Service Atmospheric Sciences and Fire Weather Research portfolio supports research and development to improve and innovate science and tools related to fire weather and behavior, smoke from wildfires and prescribed fires, and air pollution and extreme weather events that affect forest management. The portfolio connects fire weather, wind, precipitation and drought, and atmospheric pollution to ecosystems and their environment. The primary strategic goals of the portfolio are 1) to transition fire weather and smoke research to operational tools for firefighters, land managers, and communities, and 2) to collaborate with federal, state, tribal, local, academic, and private partners on atmospheric science related effects on forest management such as fire weather and behavior, extreme wind and precipitation events, and deposition of atmospheric pollution. This talk will cover Forest Service Atmospheric Science R&D priorities, recent advances in fire weather products, and future research directions and opportunities.
Aaron Piña is the National Program Leader for Atmospheric Sciences and Fire Weather Research at the US Forest Service—Washington Office. Aaron earned a B.Sc. degree in Meteorology from Texas A&M University, a M.Sc. in Atmospheric Science from Colorado State University, and a Ph.D. in Ecology from Colorado State University. Prior to joining US Forest Service, he worked at NASA Headquarters from 2019-2023 as a AAAS Science Policy Fellow then Deputy Program Scientist. From 2017-2019, Aaron worked as a research scientist for an atmospheric science and software development company in Louisville, Colorado called Aeris, LLC. Aaron’s professional interests include air quality effects on human and ecosystem health, weather over complex terrain, connecting science with policy, high performance computing, data management and accessibility (i.e. end-user engagement), and inclusion in STEM. He is a member of the American Meteorological Society, the American Geophysical Union, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Contact: Allison Ring
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Pre-seminar refreshment: N/A
Seminar: 3:30-4:30pm, Room: ATL 2400(only when in-person)
Meet-the-Speaker: 4:30-5:00pm, Room: ATL 3400(only when in-person) [For AOSC Students only]