Director, Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies
PhD Colorado State University
My research centers on improving climate predictions by better understanding the processes that govern atmospheric energy balance and the global water cycle. I believe this can only be achieved by combining state-of-the-art remote sensing techniques, innovative analyses of satellite and ground-based datasets, coordinated regional field projects, and numerical modeling. My current projects leverage each of these tools to document the causes of rapid Arctic climate change, establish the role clouds and aerosols play in Earth’s energy budget, understand the characteristics of shallow and deep convection, and document the global distribution of falling snow. I am also working to extend this knowledge to broader applications of the atmospheric sciences including helping to realize the full potential of solar energy and apply knowledge of Earth’s characteristics in the search for potentially habitable exoplanets.