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Andrew M. Vogelmann

Atmospheric Scientist

Vogelmann is a Technical Co-Manager of the BNL Cloud Properties and Processes Group. His scientific work is focused on understanding the roles of clouds and aerosols on climate and how they impact the Earth’s radiative energy budget. A research theme has been to improve our understanding of atmospheric physical processes and climate by developing analyses that link state-of-the-art model simulations with observations from surface instrumentation, satellites and aircraft. Research topics have ranged from analyses of processes at the molecular level to large-scale climate responses, which have contributed to our understanding in diverse areas including spectroscopy and water vapor continuum absorption, ice crystal light scattering, cloud microphysics modeling, radiometry, 3-D radiative transfer, biologically effective UV radiation, cloud and aerosol radiative forcing, and snow and ice feedbacks. Recent work has focused on boundary-layer water clouds, which are poorly simulated by climate models despite their importance to climate sensitivity, and on the challenges of improving simulations of cloud microphysical processes in deep convective clouds. Vogelmann served as an Associate Chief Scientist for the DOE Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Program and as lead scientist for the RACORO, which was a first-of-a-kind, extended-term cloud aircraft campaign.


  • The Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D., Meteorology
  • University of Maryland, M.S., Meteorology
  • University of Vermont, B.S., Physics (cum laude)

Awards, Honors and Memberships

  • American Geophysical Union, 1986-present.
  • NASA Global Change Fellowship, 1991-94.

Areas of Interest

  • Atmospheric radiative transfer
  • Cloud and aerosol climate interactions
  • Climate and the Earth’s energy balance
  • Remote sensing
  • Cloud and climate modeling


  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Marine & Atmospheric Sciences, Stony Brook University, 2008-present.
  • Atmospheric Scientist, Brookhaven National Laboratory, 2003-present.
  • Assistant Research Meteorologist, Center for Atmospheric Sciences, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, San Diego, CA, 2001-2003.
  • Assistant Project Scientist, Center for Atmospheric Sciences, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, San Diego, CA, 1998-2000.
  • Postdoctoral Meteorological Researcher, Center for Clouds, Chemistry & Climate (C4), Scripps Institution of Oceanography, San Diego, CA, 1995-1997.
  • Research Associate, Institute of Atmospheric Physics, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 1994-1995.

External Service

  • Associate Chief Scientist, DOE Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Program (2005-2009).
  • Co-Chair, ARM CLOWD Working Group (Clouds of Low [Water] Optical Depth) (2004-2009).
  • Steering Committee Member, ARM Radiative Processes Working Group (2000-2009).

Selected Publications (since 1988)

de Boer, G., Bauer, S. E., Toto, T., Menon, S., and Vogelmann, A. M. Evaluation of aerosol-cloud interaction in the GISS ModelE using ARM observations. J. Geophys. Res. - Atmos. 118, 1-13, doi:10.1002/jgrd.50460 (2013).

He, J., Zhang, M., Lin, W., Colle, B., Liu, P., and Vogelmann, A. M. The WRF nested within the CESM: Simulations of a midlatitude cyclone over the Southern Great Plains. J. Adv. Model. Earth Syst. 5, 1-12, doi:10.1002/JAME.20042 (2013).

Lu, C., Niu, S., Liu, Y., and Vogelmann, A. M. Empirical relationship between entrainment rate and microphysics in cumulus clouds. Geophys. Res. Lettrs 40, 2333-2338, doi:10.1002/grl.50445 (2013).

Van Weverberg, K., Vogelmann, A. M., Lin, W., Luke, E. P., Cialella, A., Minnis, P., Khaiyer, M., Boer, E. R., and Jensen, M. P. The Role of Cloud Microphysics Parameterization in the Simulation of Mesoscale Convective Systems and Anvil Clouds in the Tropical Western Pacific. J. Atmos. Sci. 70, 1104-1128, doi:10.1175/JAS-D-12-0104.1 (2013).

Vogelmann, A. M., McFarquhar, G. M., Ogren, J. A., Turner, D. D., Comstock, J. M., Feingold, G., Long, C. N., Jonsson, H. H., Bucholtz, A., Collins, D. R., Diskin, G. S., Gerber, H., Lawson, R. P., Woods, R. K., Andrews, E., Yang, H.-J., Chiu, J. C., Hartsock, D., Hubbe, J. M., Lo, C., Marshak, A., Monroe, J. W., McFarlane, S. A., Schmid, B., Tomlinson, J. M., and Toto, T., 2012:  RACORO extended-term, aircraft observations of boundary-layer clouds. Bull. Amer. Meteorol. Soc. 93, 861-878, doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-11-00189.1.

Lu, C., Liu, Y., Niu, S., and Vogelmann, A. M., 2012:  Lateral Entrainment Rate in Shallow Cumuli: Dependence on dry air sources and probability density functions. Geophys. Res. Lett. 39, L20812, doi:10.1029/2012GL053646.

Lu, C., Liu, Y., Niu, S., and Vogelmann, A. M., 2012:  Observed Impacts of Vertical Velocity on Cloud Microphysics and Implications for Aerosol Indirect Effects. Geophys. Res. Lett. 39, L21808, doi:10.1029/2012GL053599.

Mülmenstädt, J., Lubin, D., Russell, L. M., and Vogelmann, A. M., 2012:  Cloud Properties over the North Slope of Alaska: Identifying the Prevailing Meteorological Regimes. J. Climate 25, 8238-8258, doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-11-00636.1.

Van Weverberg, K., van Lipzig, N. P. M., Delobbec, L., and Vogelmann, A. M., 2012:  The role of precipitation size distributions in km-scale NWP simulations of intense precipitation: Evaluation of cloud properties and surface precipitation. Q. J. Royal Meteorol. Soc., online, doi:10.1002/qj.1933.

Van Weverberg, K., A. M. Vogelmann, H. Morrison, and J. Milbrandt, 2012: Sensitivity of Idealized Squall Line Simulations to the Level of Complexity Used in Two-Moment Bulk Microphysics Schemes. Mon. Weather Rev. 140, 1883-1907.

Zhang, G.J., A.M. Vogelmann, M.P. Jensen, W.D. Collins, and E.P. Luke, 2010: Relating Satellite-Observed Cloud Properties from MODIS to Meteorological Conditions for Marine Boundary Layer Clouds. J. Climate 23, 1374-1391.

Turner, D.D, A. M. Vogelmann, R. Austin, J.C. Barnard, K. Cady-Pereira, C. Chiu, S.A. Clough, C.J. Flynn, M.M. Khaiyer, J.C. Liljegren, K. Johnson, B. Lin, C.N. Long, A. Marshak, S.Y. Matrosov, S.A. McFarlane, M.A. Miller, Q. Min, P. Minnis, W. O'Hirok, Z. Wang, and W. Wiscombe, 2007: Thin liquid water clouds: Their importance and our challenge. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc. 88,177-190.

Lubin, D., and A. M. Vogelmann, 2006: A climatologically significant aerosol longwave indirect effect in the Arctic. Nature 439 (7075), 453-456.

Li, F., A. M. Vogelmann, and V. Ramanathan, 2004: Saharan dust aerosol radiative forcing measured from space. J. Climate 17(13), 2558-2571.

Vogelmann, A.M., P.J. Flatau, M. Szczodrak, K.M. Markowicz, and P.J. Minnett, 2003: Observations of large aerosol infrared forcing at the surface. Geophys. Res. Lett. 30(12), 1655.

Vogelmann, A. M., V. Ramanathan, and I. A. Podgorny, 2001: Scale dependence of solar heating rates in convective cloud systems with implications to general circulation models. J. Climate 14, 1738–1752.

Vogelmann, A. M., V. Ramanathan, W. C. Conant, and W. E. Hunter, 1998: Observational constraints on the Non-Lorentzian continuum effects in the near-infrared solar spectrum using ARM ARESE data. J. Quant. Spec. Radiat. Trans. 60 (2), 231-246.

Ramanathan, V., and A. M. Vogelmann, 1997: Greenhouse effect, atmospheric solar absorption and the Earth’s radiation budget: From the Arrhenius-Langley Era to the 1990s. Ambio 26 (1), 38-46.

Vogelmann, A. M., and T. P. Ackerman, 1995: Relating cirrus cloud radiative properties to observed fluxes -- A critical assessment. J. Atmos. Sci. 52, 4285-4301.

Vogelmann, A. M., T. P. Ackerman, and R. P. Turco, 1992: Enhancements in biologically effective ultraviolet radiation following volcanic eruptions. Nature 359, 47-49.

Vogelmann, A. M., A. Robock, and R. G. Ellingson, 1988: Effects of dirty snow in nuclear winter scenarios. J. Geophys. Res. 93, 5319-5332.