Aerosols, Clouds, and Precipitation on NPR's 'All Things Considered'

Prof. Prather, on a visit to our recent field study at Bodega Marine Lab in Bodega Bay, CA, spoke with NPR about how aerosol particles influence clouds and precipitation over California.  Our state relies on just a few big storms each year for it's drinking water supply, and currently the region is experiencing a severe multi-year drought. Understanding and predicting how much water will be dropped in California is critically important to water supply management and hydroelectric power.

Follow the Prather group adventures in Northern California

Members of the Prather and DeMott groups are up in northern California sampling aerosols and precipitation in an effort to better understand the marine influence on clouds and precipitation.

To follow their adventures, read the blog they are writing:

Prof. Prather interview on NPR about cloud seeding and precipitation in California

Prather group web page updated

 The Prather group web site had been updated.  Enjoy reading the new description of the full suite of research being done by our group.  

Center managing director, education/outreach coordinator, and research positions available

CAICE is now looking for a Center Managing Director, Education and Outreach coordinator, and postdoctoral fellows.  We are also interested in new graduate students for entrance into the Chemistry or SIO graduate programs (information).  The Prather group is looking for a project scientist to help run the day-to-day operations of the Prather lab. If interested in any of these opportunities, please send a cover letter and CV to Prof.

AGU 2013 update

December 6, 2013: Prof. Prather attended AGU in December 2013 and gave an invited lecture in a special session entitled "Marine Trace Gases and Aerosols" organized by Profs. Rainer Volkamer (U. of Colorado) and Nicholas Meskhidze (NC State).

Congratulations, Dr. Kaitlyn Suski

Congratulations to Prather Group member Kaitlyn Suski for successfully defending her thesis entitled "In-situ measurements of dust, soot, and biological species and their effects on mixed-phase clouds" on Monday, December 16, 2013.  She will continue her studies of ice and clouds as a postdoc with Dr. Paul DeMott at Colorado State University.

New $20M NSF Center to focus on developing novel ways to study how chemical complexity impacts atmospheric chemistry and climate

The Center for Aerosol Impacts on Climate and the Environment (CAICE), led by Prof. Prather, has been awarded $20 million as it advances to becoming a Phase II Center for Chemical Innovation.  The mission of CAICE is "to transform our ability to accurately predict the impact of aerosols on climate and our environment by bringing real-world chemical complexity into the laboratory."  Prof.

Grad Student Matt Ruppel Discusses Aerosol Impacts on Climate on Local News

20 June 2013 - Prather Group graduate student Matt Ruppel appeared today on CBS News in San Diego to discuss the impacts of aerosols on climate and human health.  The piece was part of a running segment entitled "Earth 8".  View the video segment below, or see the video and transcript at:


Prather Research Group Contributes to CAICE Studies of Sea Spray Chemistry

Many studies of sea spray aerosol utilize relatively simplistic one, two, or three component model systems.  Rather than try to make an educated guess at the compounds to use for such model studies, the Center for Aerosol Impacts on Climate and the Environment (CAICE) implements a 'complexity first' approach for studying the chemistry of sea spray aerosol.  The researchers made significant gains in our understanding of the complex interplay between marine biology, sea spray aerosol (SSA) composition, and SSA climate-properties.

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