Reading the Clouds to Understand Climate Change

Contemporary Science Issues and Innovations
Tuesday October 22, 2013 at 6:30 PM (free parking across the street)
Belmont Media Center, 9 Lexington St., Belmont Mass.

Daniel Cziczo, PhD is the Victor P. Starr Career Development Associate Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Professor Cziczo discusses the science of clouds: the crucial role of clouds in Earth’s atmosphere and climate; the particles (aerosols) contained in clouds and especially what aerosols reveal about climate change. He also describes the adventure of gathering samples (it’s not easy) and the way his team simulates atmospheres in the lab (really fun). We will include lab footage showing how the atmosphere is sampled and analyzed. Cziczo Lab

Awards: NASA Group Achievement Award, ARCTAS Mission DOE Outstanding Performance Award, ISDAC Campaign, Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, CIRES Outstanding Performance Award

MIT Technology Review article about Professor Cziczo’s research on aerosols in the atmosphere.

Professor Cziczo’s 2012 MIT video discussion about the relationship between aerosol particles in the atmosphere and climate change

Science Daily 5/09/13 report on Dr. Cziczo’s research: Dust in the Clouds: Cirrus Clouds Form Around Mineral Dust and Metallic Particles

Tue, 10/22/2013 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm