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ATMOS Briefing - February 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 February 1, 2021 to February 28, 2021 period.

 
   
   
 

Notes from the Head

 
 

Last Friday (26 February), the department held a virtual recruitment event for prospective grad students. Approximately 20 students attended at least some part of the event, which included overview presentations on the department and its graduate program, individual meetings between potential faculty advisors and advisees, and multiple opportunities for peer-to-peer discussions with current graduate students. Indeed, involvement of ATMS students started with the video tour of NHB given by undergrad Divya Rea and grad Max Grover (awesome video production work, Jessie!), continued with Q&A sessions with DASSO officers, the “Women in DAS” virtual coffee break, and ended with a virtual happy hour with students. Based on my follow-up meetings with a few of the prospective students, the peer-to-peer interactions and discussions will play a major role in their decisions to join our Illinois family. 

Student involvement in recruitment also extends to our undergrads. Before I elaborate, did you know that the department has an “ATMS Ambassadorship” program, patterned after the successful program established in the Department of Geology?  Our four ATMS Ambassadors have volunteered to meet with prospective undergrad student visitors (even virtual ones!), give them tours of the departmental facilities, and, perhaps most importantly, provide them with the student’s perspective, and a sense of what life will be like within our incredible department!

The efforts of the ATMS Ambassadors–coupled with Jessie’s hard work and innovation–are paying big dividends: 40 new students have been admitted into our program starting Fall 2021! This is a significant increase in our admissions over the past several years, and will hopefully result in an equally significant increase in our acceptances!

As I fumbled through my presentation to the prospective grad students last Friday, and paused on the pictures of our current undergrad and grad students, I feel like I missed the perfect opportunity to express how much I value the investment of our students in the success of the department. So, please allow me this opportunity now to say: Thank you, ATMS students!

Stay safe, and enjoy the beginning of meteorological spring!

- Jeff Trapp, Department Head 

 
 
 
   
   
 

Publications

 
 

Friedlingstein, P. et al. (Coauthor: AK Jain), 2020: Global Carbon Budget 2020, Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 12, 3269–3340, https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-12-3269-2020

Schumacher, R. S., D. A. Hence, S. W. Nesbitt, R. J. Trapp, K. A. Kosiba, J. Wurman, et al., 2021: Convective-storm environments in subtropical South America from high-frequency soundings during RELAMPAGO-CACTI, Mon. Wea. Rev., https://doi.org/10.1175/MWRD-20-0293.1

Shu, S., A.K. Jain, C.D. Koven, U. Mishra, 2020: Estimation of Permafrost SOC Stock and Turnover Time Using a Land Surface Model With Vertical Heterogeneity of Permafrost Soils, Global Biogeochem. Cy., https://doi.org/10.1029/2020GB006585

Wang, Songhan et al. (Coauthor: AK Jain), 2020: Recent global decline of CO2 fertilization effects on vegetation photosynthesis, Sci., 370, 1295-1300, https://doi.org/10.1126/science.abb7772

Zhang, J., D. Wuebbles, D. Kinnison, and S.L. Baughcum, 2020: Potential impacts of supersonic aircraft emissions on ozone and resulting forcing on climate. An update on historical analysis, J. Geophys. Res., https://doi.org/10.1029/2020JD034130.

 
   
   
 

Presentations

 
 

Gray, K., and J. Frame, 2021: “The Impact of Midlevel Shear Orientation on Downdraft Location, Tornado-like Vortex Formation, and Storm Longevity in Simulated Supercells”, AMS 101st Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, 11-15 January 2021.

Wuebbles, D., 2021: “Climate Science for Adaptation and Resilience”, University of Arizona, seminar, 4 February 2021.

Wuebbles, D., 2021: “Trade Offs: Climate Versus Air Quality”, ICAO Impacts and Science Group meeting, 19 February 2021.

Wuebbles, D., 2021: “Future Climate Change: The Challenge Before Us”, National Academy Sciences Workshop for Judges, 24 February 2021.

Wuebbles, D., 2021: “Climate Change: The Challenge Confronting Us”, UIUC Professional Development Program seminar, 26 February 2021.

 
   
   
 

Awards and Activities

 
 

David Kristovich helped organize and gave a presentation at a Workshop for Waukegan (Illinois) Shoreline Managers. The presentation focused on observed climate changes in atmospheric factors that appear to play roles in the rate of coastline movement in Northeastern Illinois. This project is headed at UI by the Illinois State Geologic Survey.

Don Wuebbles was named University of Illinois System representative on the International Universities' Climate Alliance on February 2, 2021.

 
   
   
 

Outreach Activities

 
 

Don Wuebbles was interviewed and featured in many articles published by Washington Post, New York Times, E&E News, Associated Press, and many others.

 
   
   
 

Announcements

 
 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS. April 14, 3PM: An ISWS Climate and Atmospheric Science Section seminar will feature Lauren Lowman (Wake Forest Univ.) speaking on water availability impacts on ecosystem health.

 
   
   
 

Seminar Schedule

 
 

3/9 - Piyush GargATMOS Ph.D. student

3/16 - Jun ZhangATMOS Ph.D. student

3/23 - Yu YaoATMOS Ph.D. student

3/30 - Sujan PalATMOS Ph.D. student

4/6 - Chuan-Chieh ChangATMOS Ph.D. student

4/13 - Megan VarcieATMOS M.S. student

4/20 - Ogura Lecture by Norman G. Loeb, NASA Langley Research Center

4/27 - Max Grover and Matthew J. WoodsATMOS M.S. students

5/4 - Tobias Ross and Jiacheng YeATMOS M.S. students

 
   
   
 

March Birthdays

 
 
 
 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Graduate Students:

Kevin Gray

Arka Mitra

Faculty/Staff:

Rebekka Delaney, Undergraduate Office employee

 
   
   
 

Contact Us At

 
 

PHONE: 217-333-2046

 
 

EMAIL: atmos-sci@mx.uillinois.edu 

 
 

WEBPAGE: www.atmos.illinois.edu 

 
 

MAILING ADDRESS:

Department of Atmospheric Sciences, 3070 Natural History Building, 1301 West Green St. MC-104, Urbana, IL 61801