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ATMOS Briefing - April 2021 Issue


For inquiries about the UIUC Atmospheric Sciences briefing, contact Rebekka Delaney. (rebekka2@illinois.edu)  

This briefing is for activities that occured during the April 1, 2021 to April 30, 2021 period.


Notes from the Head


This coming Saturday, we will celebrate the graduations of 16 undergraduate and 12 graduate students in Atmospheric Sciences. Some of you will join the work force in the government or private industry, some will begin your service to our country as members of the U.S. military, and some will be back in school next fall as graduate students across the country. You’ve shown a remarkable level of resilience and adaptability during this past year, and for this alone you should be immensely proud. On behalf of the faculty, I can say that we certainly are!

As you take the first steps on your life’s next journey, we hope you remember that you’ll always have your Atmospheric Sciences family here to support and assist you. The Department’s Alumni Committee, working in tandem with the Atmospheric Sciences Alumni Council, is also providing ways to help you stay connected with your classmates: Expect an invitation in the future for alumni reunions and other activities!

Graduates: We’re excited to hear about all the great things in your life, so please stay in touch!

Everyone: Have a fun and relaxing summer!

- Department Head Jeff Trapp




Chen, Z. et al. (Coauthor: AK Jain), 2021: Five years of variability in the global carbon cycle: comparing an estimate from the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 and process-based models, Environmental Research Letters, https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/abfac1

Gonsamo, A. et al. (Coauthor: AK Jain), 2021: Greening drylands despite warming consistent with carbon dioxide fertilization effect, Global Change Biology, https://doi.org/10.1111/GCB.15658

He, W et al. (Coauthor: AK Jain), 2021: Peak growing-season patterns and climate extremes-driven responses of gross primary production estimated by satellite and process based models over North America, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agrformet.2020.108292

Mak, M., S. Zhao, Y. Deng, 2021: Charney problem with a generic stratosphere, J. Atmos. Sci., 78, 1021-1037

Miller, D., Z. Wang, B. Li, D.S. Harnos, T. Ford, 2021: Skillful Subseasonal Prediction of United States Extreme Warm Days and Standardized Precipitation Index in Boreal Summer, J. Climate, https://doi.org/10.1175/JCLI-D-20-0878.1 

Mitra, A., L. Di Girolamo, Y. Hong, Y. Zhan, K.J. Mueller, 2021: Assessment and error analysis of TerraMODIS and MISR cloud-top heights through comparison with ISSCATS lidar. J. Geophys. Res: Atmos., 126, e2020JD034281. https://doi.org/10.1029/2020JD034281

Nesbitt, S. W., Salio, P.V., E. Ávila, P. Bitzer, L. Carey, V. Chandrasekar, W. Deierling, F. Dominguez, M. E. Dillon, C. M. Garcia, D. Gochis, S. Goodman, D. A. Hence, K. A. Kosiba, M. R. Kumjian, T. Lang, L. M. Luna, J. Marquis, R. Marshall, L. A. McMurdie, E. Lima de Nascimento, K. L. Rasmussen, R. Roberts, A. K. Rowe, J. J. Ruiz, E. São Sabbas, A. C. Saulo, R. S. Schumacher, Y. Garcia Skabar, L. Machado, R. J. Trapp, A. Varble, J. Wilson, J. Wurman, E. J. Zipser, I. Arias, H. Bechis, and M. Grover, 2021: A storm safari in Argentina, Proyecto RELAMPAGO. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., https://doi.org/10.1175/BAMS-D-20-0029.1.

Priftis, G., T. J. Lang, P. Garg, S. W. Nesbitt, R. D. Lindsley, and T. Chronis, 2021: Evaluating the Detection of Mesoscale Outflow Boundaries Using Scatterometer Winds at Different Spatial Resolutions. Remote Sens. 13 (7), 1334. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs13071334.

Wuebbles, D., J. Angel, K. Peterson, A. M. Lemke, 2021: Executive Summary: An Assessment of the Impacts of Climate Change in Illinois. https://www.nature.org/content/dam/tnc/nature/en/documents/IL_Climate_Assessment_2020_Executive_Summary.pdf.

Wurman, J., K. Kosiba, B. Pereira, P. Robinson, A. Frambach, A. Gilliand, T. White, J. Aikins, R. J. Trapp, S. W. Nesbitt, M. N. Hanshaw, and J. Lutz, 2021: The FARM (Flexible Array of Radars and Mesonets). Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., https://doi.org/10.1175/BAMS-D-20-0285.1.




Dominguez, F., J. Eiras-Barca, Z. Yang, 2021: Recycling of Moisture in the Amazonian Basin and Possible Impacts of Future Deforestation. Seminar of the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering Caltech. April 21, 2021

Jain, A., X. Xu, and S. Shu, 2021: “Global Carbon Fluxes Induced by Agriculture-Related LandUse and Land Cover Change Activities”, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-13361, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu21-13361

Wang, Z., G. Zhang, T. Dunkerton, and F.-F. Jin, 2021: “Summertime stationary waves integrate tropical and extratropical impacts on tropical cyclone activity”, EGU, 19–30 April 2021.

Wang, Z., G. Zhang, C.-C. Chang, T. Dunkerton, and F.-F. Jin, 2021: “Summertime stationary waves integrate tropical and extratropical impacts on tropical cyclone activity”, 14th International Conference on Mesoscale Convective System and High Impact Weather in East Asia, April 2021

Wuebbles, D., 2021: “An Assessment of the Impacts of Climate Change in Illinois.” Presentation at the TNC Press Conference, April 20, 2021.

Wuebbles, D., 2021: “Panel discussion member for special chemical industry workshop on HFO-1233zdE,” April 21, 2021.

Wuebbles, D., 2021: “Moderator for panel discussion on Equipping Local and Regional Communities to Act: The Path to High-Resolution Climate Models Informing Adaptation Strategies.” America Resilient Climate Conference, Argonne National Laboratory, April 14, 2021.

Wuebbles, D., 2021: “Climate Resiliency: Equipping Local & Regional Communities to Act.” Invited presentation at the America Resilient Climate Conference, Argonne National Laboratory, April 14, 2021.

Wuebbles, D., and J. Zhang, 2021: “Evaluation of FAA Climate Tools.” Invited presentation at the FAA ASCENT Workshop on aviation environmental impacts, April 28-30, 2021.


Awards and Activities


Atul Jain and Don Wuebbles appeared on the Reuters world’s top 1000 climate scientists list: https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/climate-change-scientists-list/

Don Wuebbles had an extensive number of interviews with media, mostly newspapers and radio, especially with the release of the Illinois climate assessment.

Don Wuebbles had an article in Illinois Times on need for climate action.

Zhuo Wang participated on the NOAA review panel on Climate Model Diagnostics, April 29-May 14, 2021.




Information about the "virtual" Convocation Ceremony for the Department of Atmospheric Sciences

Recognition of Graduates and Awardees
Saturday, May 15      
7:00 p.m. on Zoom

Please register to let us know that you wish to participate in this event by completing this form:  https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/972800124

Information regarding ordering your regalia can be found on the university’s commencement’s link noted below.   

Information on the university-wide Commencement ceremony and Stage Crossing can be found at commencement.illinois.edu/


Congratulations to the Decmeber 2020 and May 2021 Graduates!


Miguel A. Baeza

Nicholas Robert Barker

Alison Maureen Crivlare

Joshua Elefante

Qikai Huang

Hailey Elizabeth Ledbetter

Justyna Luberda

Xiuqi Luo

Bridgette Marie Mason

Kenny Puleikis

Andrew James Reiser

Hannah Speers

Shelby Ann Turner

Matthew Kelly Urbas

Victoria E. Wilson

Song Zhang



Max Grover

Prateek Sharma

Megan Varcie

Javier Villegas Bravo

Matthew James Woods



Randy J. Chase

Piyush Garg

Geoffrey R. Marion

Douglas Edward Miller

Sujan Pal

Shijie Shu

Jun Zhang


May & Summer Birthdays



Graduate Students:


Carolina Bieri

Chu-Chun Chen

Michael Sessa


Chuan-Chieh Chang

Antonio Elizondo

Rylan Housenga

Scott James

Enoch Jo

Sophie Orendorf

Tobias Ross


Kevin Boyd

Dongwei Fu

Javier Villegas Bravo

Troy Zaremba

Jun Zhang

Fangyi Zhou


James Goodnight

Megan Varcie



Francina Dominguez


Nicole Riemer

Brian Jewett


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