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New Student BBQ 2017

New Student BBQ 2017

Many thanks to the people who helped with New Student BBQ this past Friday.  Interim Dean Larry Swanson noted that “the food, decorations, and weather were great, and we had a very good turnout.  This is a wonderful SoMAS tradition and one of the highlights of...
SoMAS 50th Anniversary

SoMAS 50th Anniversary

Welcome!Welcome to SoMAS! Many opportunities await you here. 2017 will be an exciting year to enter a career in marine and atmospheric sciences as we celebrate our 50th anniversary! Read More from the Dean

U.S Global Change Research Program Climate Science Special Report

From Read the Draft of the Climate Change Report by the New York Times, August 7, 2017 A final draft report by scientists from 13 federal agencies concludes that Americans are feeling the effects of climate change right now. The report was completed this year and is...
SoMAS alumni create textbook on “Evolution of Meteorology”

SoMAS alumni create textbook on “Evolution of Meteorology”

Kevin Teague and Nicole Gallicchio were students in the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences B.S. Program at Stony Brook University. Kevin graduated in December of 2011, and started working at FleetWeather Inc in Hopewell Junction, NY as a Marine Meteorologist Technician....
SoMAS Professor is Advancing Nobel Prize-Winning Science

SoMAS Professor is Advancing Nobel Prize-Winning Science

From the RFSUNY Annual Report 2016 Dr. Edmund Chang, professor of atmospheric sciences at the Institute of Terrestrial and Planetary Atmospheres at the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University and coleader of a NOAA task force,  investigates...
SoMAS Celebrates Earthstock 2017

SoMAS Celebrates Earthstock 2017

Earthstock, the Stony Brook University annual celebration of Earth Day, has been an annual tradition for years.  This year, in honor of our 50th Anniversary, SoMAS had a very significant presence at the event. On Monday April 17th, New York State Assemblyman Steve...
SoMAS Study Uses Radar to Better Predict Shallow Cloud Coverage

SoMAS Study Uses Radar to Better Predict Shallow Cloud Coverage

Shallow convection plays a critical role in the heat and moisture transfer between the boundary layer and free atmosphere above about 2 km. However, with an average spatial scale of 0.5–1.5 km, shallow cumuli are not resolved in weather forecast and climate models,...
SoMAS Research on Cloud Microphysics – Atmospheric Ice Formation featured in Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics

SoMAS Research on Cloud Microphysics – Atmospheric Ice Formation featured in Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics

The prediction of the formation of ice crystals in the atmosphere presents one of the biggest challenges in the atmospheric sciences. Ice crystals will affect the properties of clouds with consequences for climate and the hydrological cycle and thus precipitation. In the atmosphere ice forms on pre-existing airborne particles, also called aerosols, which are present in sizes from a few nanometers to hundreds of micrometers. The physical and chemical properties of these aerosol particles govern the conditions under which ice can form. To improve our fundamental knowledge of atmospheric ice crystal formation, a novel experimental setup has been developed that allows to observe ice formation on the nanoscale. An environmental chamber, in the size of a poppy seed, that allows to simulate atmospheric conditions up to ~13 km in height, is implemented within an electron microscope. This approach allows to observe in situ and at high resolution how and where ice forms on nano- and micrometer sized aerosol particles, i.e. being witness of the birth of an embryonic ice crystal.

Welcome Back!

Welcome Back!

From Larry Swanson, Interim Dean of SoMAS and Director of MSRC. Welcome to all new faculty, staff and students and welcome back to those who have been away for the summer either on vacation or undertaking research projects in the field.  Certainly there has been...
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