Atmospheric Science

Atmospheric ScienceAtmospheric Sciences in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences include study of the circulation, composition, and physical and chemical processes of the atmosphere. Timescales studied range from hours to millennia. Studies include the fundamental processes of the atmosphere as well as its interactions with the oceans, hydrological cycle, cryosphere and biosphere, and the role of the atmosphere in anthropogenic climate change. Atmospheric Science faculty use observational data from routine observations, remote sensing and field campaigns as well as numerical models to study tropical convection and dynamics, global modes of variability, air quality and contaminant transport, storm tracks, jet streams, stratosphere-troposphere coupling, tropical cyclones, severe storms and coupling between radiative, chemical and dynamical processes. Strong connections are maintained with the Departments of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics, Earth and Environmental Engineering, and Chemical Engineering, the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, and the International Research Institute for Climate and Society enabling a broad and deep graduate program in atmospheric science.

Each graduate student is enrolled in an academic department and follows the normal procedures of that department regarding admission and progression towards their degree. However, course offerings have been designed collaboratively with the needs of multiple departments in mind, and advisory committees commonly include faculty from multiple departments. Relevant seminars and other activities occur in all participating departments and institutes, providing a uniquely broad and stimulating intellectual environment for graduate study.

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (DEES) includes several sub-fields within atmospheric sciences including atmospheric dynamics, planetary atmospheres, atmospheric radiation, atmospheric chemistry, and climate impacts. Closely related DEES research programs include modern and future climate and physical oceanography. It also has major programs in paleoclimate and geochemistry, which complement the study of atmospheric science.

The Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics (APAM) has research programs in atmospheric and climate dynamics, focusing on numerical modeling, theory, and diagnostics.

The Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering (DEEE) has research programs in climate particularly through connections to water resources and geochemistry, as well as on engineering responses to the climate change problem.

In the Department of Chemical Engineering (CHEN) has research programs in atmospheric chemistry and atmospheric aerosols.

The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) is the physical home of graduate research in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, but also has a distinct identity as a major laboratory for earth science. In addition to the DEES faculty, Lamont employs a staff of Lamont Research Professors, all of whom are potential advisors for PhD students.

The NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) has research programs in climate modeling, climate change, remote sensing, and atmospheric physics and chemistry. Graduate students in both DEES and APAM may work with GISS scientists.

The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) has research programs in climate prediction and predictability on all time scales, as well as modeling and regional dynamics studies, societal impacts of climate, and the application of climate science to achieve societal benefit. Graduate students may work with IRI scientists.

Ethan Coffel
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Ethan
Coffel
Graduate Student
Earth and Environmental Sciences
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Carly Peltier
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Carly
Peltier
Graduate Student
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Geochemistry
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235 Comer
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000
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10964-8000
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Xiaomeng Jin
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Xiaomeng
Jin
Graduate Student
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Ocean and Climate Physics
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207E Oceanography
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000
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Seung Hun (Hun) Baek
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Seung Hun (Hun)
Baek
Graduate Student
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Ocean and Climate Physics
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205E Oceanography
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000
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10964-8000
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Colin Raymond
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Colin
Raymond
Graduate Student
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Ocean and Climate Physics
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205E Oceanography
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000
Palisades
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10964-8000
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(607) 279-2752

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Fields of interest: 

regional climate, urban climate, extreme heat, statistical downscaling, climate modeling

Small and spatially heterogeneous areas are where climate models most struggle -- but they are also, as of 2008, home to more than half of the world's population. The challenge of making projections for urbanized regions is especially acute toward the tails of the distribution, whether the variable of interest is temperature, precipitation, wind, or an accumulated index influenced by those. My interests lie in exploring how to best capture the historical climatology of extremes in all their spatiotemporal complexity, in characterizing and categorizing the weather patterns that produce them, and in using this knowledge to refine projections for (the remaining part of!) the 21st century. These connections between the local and regional scales, and consequently between subdaily and seasonal events, are multifaceted, and so benefit from being approached with a variety of tools, most prominently statistical downscaling and explicit regional-climate modeling.

Education
M.S.
Columbia University
05/2016
B.S.
Cornell University
05/2014
Madeleine Pascolini-Campbell
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Madeleine
Pascolini-Campbell
Graduate Student
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Ocean and Climate Physics
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106F Oceanography
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000
Palisades
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10964-8000
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Keren Mezuman
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Keren
Mezuman
Graduate Student
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Ocean and Climate Physics
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Fields of interest: 

Atmospheric Science, Atmospheric Chemistry, Climate Change, Agriculture and Land Use, Lightning, Thunderstorms
Xiaoqiong Li
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Xiaoqiong
Li
Graduate Student
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Ocean and Climate Physics
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103B Oceanography
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000
Palisades
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10964-8000
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(845) 365-8694

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Fields of interest: 

Climate variability and change, climate modeling, Asian monsoon
Education
M.A. Atmospheric Science
Columbia University
05/2015
M.A. Climate and Society
Columbia University
08/2013
B.S. Environmental Science
Peking University
07/2012
B.A. Economics
Peking University
07/2012
Selected Publications:
Mechanisms of Asian summer monsoon changes in response to anthropogenic forcing in CMIP5 models, Li, X.; Ting, M.; Li, C.; Henderson, N. J. Climate, Volume: 28, Issue: 10 p.: 4107-4125 (2015) 10.1175/JCLI-D-14-00559.1
Recent and future changes in the Asian monsoon - ENSO relationship: Natural or forced?, Li, X.; Ting, M. Geophy. Res. Lett., Volume: 42, Issue: 9 p.: 3502-3512 (2015) 10.1002/2015GL063557
Chloe (Yuchao) Gao
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Chloe (Yuchao)
Gao
Graduate Student
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Ocean and Climate Physics
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301F Oceanography
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000
Palisades
NY
10964-8000
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(845) 365-8795

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Atmospheric Chemistry
Education
B.A. in Earth and Planetary Sciences
Johns Hopkins Univeristy
05/2013
Olivia Clifton
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Olivia
Clifton
Graduate Student
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Ocean and Climate Physics
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206A Oceanography
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000
Palisades
NY
10964-8000
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(845) 365-8319

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(845) 365-8157

Fields of interest: 

interactions among atmospheric chemistry, climate, and the biosphere
Education
Master of Philosophy
Columbia University in the City of New York
02/2017
Master of the Arts
Columbia University in the City of New York
03/2015
Bachelor of Science
University of Wisconsin-Madison
12/2012
Selected Publications:
Interannual variability in ozone removal by a temperate deciduous forest, Clifton, Olivia E.; Fiore, Arlene M.; Munger, J. W.; Malyshev, Sergey; Horowitz, Larry W.; Shevliakova, Elena; Paulot, Fabien; Murray, Lee T.; Griffin, Kevin L. Geophysical Research Letters, Volume: 44 (2017) 10.1002/2016GL070923
Twenty-first century reversal of the surface ozone seasonal cycle over the northeastern United States, Clifton, Olivia E.; Fiore, Arlene M.; Correa, Gustavo; Horowitz, Larry W.; Naik, Vaishali Geophysical Research Letters, Volume: 41 (2014) 10.1002/2014GL061378

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