AOSC Seminar by Dr. Robert Wood, 4/7/2022
Dr. Robert Wood
Title: Current and Future Cloud Brightening from Ships in Marine Low Clouds
It has long been known that emissions of aerosol particles and precursors from large ships can alter the reflectivity of low clouds over the oceans. The influence of aerosol particles on cloud reflectivity is one of the largest sources of uncertainty in our understanding of anthropogenic climate change. Commercial shipping
Dr. Robert Wood is Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington. Wood’s research work focuses upon understanding processes controlling clouds in the Earth’s atmosphere and the roles that clouds play in determining climate variability and change, the formation of rain, and how tiny aerosol particles (both natural and anthropogenic) interact with them and affect their properties. Wood’s research uses a combination of observational data collected with aircraft, satellites and from ground-based remote sensing, together with numerical and theoretical models.
Wood also serves as lead scientist for the Marine Cloud Brightening Project, which aims to better understand the feasibility of deliberately seeding marine low clouds as a potential means for cooling the Earth system. Wood served in leadership roles on several major field experiments including the VOCALS Regional Experiment and the ORACLES NASA Earth Venture Suborbital 2 mission (2015-2019) to examine the effects of southern African biomass burning aerosols on clouds and climate over the southeastern Atlantic Ocean. Wood is site scientist for the DOE Eastern North Atlantic (ENA) ARM fixed site on Graciosa Island in the Azores (2015-present). Dr. Wood was awarded the 2001 L. F. Richardson Prize from the Royal Meteorological Society, the 2010 Henry Houghton Award from American Meteorological Society, “for advancing understanding of the interactions between cloud droplets, aerosols, radiation and precipitation in marine stratocumulus”, and was awarded an AGU Ascent Award in 2017 “for seminal contributions to our understanding of physical processes controlling marine boundary layer clouds and their interactions in the Earth’s climate system”. He became a fellow of the American Meteorological Society in 2021.
Contact: Zhanqing Li
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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]