AOSC Departmental Seminar
December 3, 2015

PURE* Ice Cloud Nanophysics; *Powered by Undergraduate Research


Nathan Magee
The College of New Jersey
Abstract:  

Dr. Nate Magee, Associate Professor of Physics at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) will present images, video, and implications from recent high-magnification, high-definition measurements of ice crystals made by environmental cryo-scanning electron microscopy.  The complexity of ice crystal shapes has long been widely appreciated ("no two are alike!") and understood to play a significant role in the large scale evolution and radiative interactions of ice-containing clouds.  The new images reveal another aspect to this complexity, with extensive sub-micron topography that challenges the traditional view of the ice crystal surface, leading to new questions about our understanding of cirrus-modulated radiative forcing.  Dr. Magee will also discuss the central role of undergraduate research in this work and at TCNJ in general, with a focus on approaches to maximize the value of undergraduate research for students, mentors, and programs.