Other Opportunities

Graduate Student Opportunities at the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center

There are current or planned graduate student opportunities in the following areas for 2015-16:

Dr. Jeffrey Freedman
Dr. Freedman´s main research areas are renewable energy and the atmospheric boundary layer. He has recently acquired a Leosphere Windcube 100s scanning LiDAR. More specific topics of interest include:

1. Reliability of short-term (0 - 6 hr) wind forecasting
2. Detecting trends in the wind and solar resource
3. Effects of wind farms on the local and regional climate
4. Potential influence of climate change on the distribution of renewable energy resources
5. Using LiDAR in wind energy and boundary layer applications including a recent deployment at Cranberry Lake in the Adirondacks

Depending upon support, for the immediate future Dr. Freedman will be looking to focus on wind farm effects on local climate, very short term (0 - 1 hr) wind forecasting, and identifying trends and potential climate change influences on the renewable energy (wind and energy) resource, on regional and CONUS scales.

For more information, please contact Dr. Freedman at jfreedman@albany.edu

Dr. Lee Harrison
Dr. Harrison seeks a student to work on aircraft-borne hurricane measurement instrumentation and hurricane data analysis -- support is from Navy ONR. A grad student taking this position will need to be ready/capable of doing field campaigns in the NASA/NOAA aircraft operating environment.

For more information, please contact Dr. Harrison at lharrison@albany.edu

Dr. James Schwab
Dr. Schwab has opportunities for graduate study in one or more of the following topics:

  • 1. Reactive Oxidized Nitrogen: This project involves the measurement of a range of gaseous and aerosol oxidized nitrogen-containing species. Understanding the detailed chemical transformation mechanisms of this family of compounds has been shown to be extremely critical to atmospheric chemistry. (proposed)
  • 2. Measurement Tools for Responding to Wood Smoke and Other Air Pollution Complaints: This is also a measurement based project, involving construction of portable air quality monitoring kits to assess wood smoke or other localized pollution problems. Deployment of these assemblies and data analysis are also included as part of the project.
  • 3. Accountability and Air Pollution–Using long–term measurements to assess progress in air pollution reduction, or other projects involving "mining" the extensive archive of ASRC (and NYS) measurement data. (funded)

For more information, please contact Dr. Schwab at jschwab@albany.edu

Dr. Kara Sulia
Dr. Sulia´s research is focused on the microphysical and precipitation processes within clouds and has student opportunities in the following research areas:

  • 1. Ice Growth Model: Testing and simulating models with a microphysics schemes that focuses on the realistic representation of ice crystals. This work entails using the scheme within WRF and converting the results into radar variables through a radar simulator to compare to radar observations (funded).
  • 2. Modeling ice–ice aggregation: This research includes using an Ice Particle and Aggreagtion Simulator to develop a method of aggregation for the ice growth model. Aggregation willl then be tested for simulations of the Midlatitude Continental Convective Clouds Experiment (MC3E) (proposed).

For more information, please contact Dr. Sulia at ksulia@albany.edu

Dr. Wei-Chyung Wang
Dr. Wang´s research is focused on the following topics:

  • 1. Aerosol–cloud interactions.
  • 2. Climate–chemistry interactions
  • Current research:
    To use observations, and regional and global climate models to study the effects of anthropogenic aerosols on clouds and climate.

For more information, please contact Dr. Wang at wcwang@albany.edu