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Department Seminars

Environmental and Climate Sciences Department (ECSD) seminars are typically scheduled on Thursdays at 11 a.m. in the Large Conference Room in Bldg. 490. Special times, dates, and locations are indicated on the schedule.

These seminars are all open to the public. Seminar attendees who do not have a BNL ID badge should arrive up to 30 minutes prior to the start of the seminar and check-in at the Main Gate. A government-issued photo ID is required at check in. Inform the gate attendee that you are here for the Environmental and Climate Sciences Department seminar (ECSD seminar).

For other details, or to schedule a seminar, contact the Seminar Committee.

Upcoming Seminars

  1. JAN

    30

    Thursday

    Environmental & Climate Sciences Department Seminar

    "A NIST Perspective on Quantifying Aerosol Optical Properties: Metrology Challenges and Opportunities"

    Presented by Jimmy Radney, NIST

    11 am, Large Conference Room, Bldg. 490

    Thursday, January 30, 2020, 11:00 am

    Hosted by: Ernie Lewis

    Atmospheric aerosols directly affect the earth's energy balance through the scattering and absorption of solar radiation. While aerosols are expected to have a net negative forcing (i.e. cooling), the actual magnitude of this effect remains highly uncertain due to physical, chemical, spatial and temporal variability. To complicate matters, strongly absorbing carbonaceous aerosols (i.e. black carbon, BC) exhibit a positive radiative forcing rivaling methane. A better understanding of the magnitude of these aerosol-radiation interactions requires a multi-pronged approach with fundamental metrology (e.g. instrumentation, methods, standards and calibrations) utilizing well-characterized systems under controlled conditions representing just one piece of the puzzle. Highlights of recent projects at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will be presented including: 1) the characterization and use of a water-stabilized carbon black (CB) nanomaterial that mimics aged BC that can be used to calibrate aerosol instrumentation, 2) results from the first-ever photoacoustic spectrometer intercomparison study, 3) variability in the aerosol absorption spectra of highly-absorbing carbonaceous aerosols from a variety of sources and 4) aerosol absorption spectra of terrestrial mineral dusts and Martian soil simulants.

  2. FEB

    13

    Thursday

    Environmental & Climate Sciences Department Seminar

    "Tropical Deep Convection and Entrainment in Idealized Cloud-Resolving Models"

    Presented by Usama Anber, Environmental & Climate Sciences Dept (BNL)

    11 am, Large Conference Room, Bldg. 490

    Thursday, February 13, 2020, 11:00 am

    Hosted by: Mike Jensen

    Global Climate Models (GCMs) are depicted as the holy grail of climate science. However, they are far from reliably simulating the current and future climate. One of the components that represents a source of errors and biases in these models is the convective parametrization scheme and the ad-hoc treatment of deep convection and entrainment. In this talk, I will focus on two tropical atmospheric events that GCMs struggle to simulate: Amazonian deep precipitating convection, and the Madden Julian Oscillations. I will present how idealized cloud-resolving models (CRMs) coupled with simulated and forced large-scale circulation can capture the essential dynamics of these events. In particular, when diagnosed from the CRMs, I will show that entrainment is merely a response to the convective regime and cannot have a constant rate as GCMs suggest. If time allows, I will also point out to another potential source of biases in the simulated mean climate stemming from the representation of numerical noise damping in the model dynamical core.

  3. FEB

    20

    Thursday

    Environmental & Climate Sciences Department Seminar

    "Date Available"

    11 am, Large Conference Room, Bldg. 490

    Thursday, February 20, 2020, 11:00 am

  4. FEB

    27

    Thursday

    Environmental & Climate Sciences Department Seminar

    "Developing Storm Outage Prediction Models"

    Presented by Steven Quiring, Ohio State University, Canada

    11 am, Large Conference Room, Bldg. 490

    Thursday, February 27, 2020, 11:00 am

    Hosted by: Mike Jensen

  5. MAR

    5

    Thursday

    Environmental & Climate Sciences Department Seminar

    Presented by Jian Wang, Washington University of St. Louis

    11 am, Large Conference Room, Bldg. 490

    Thursday, March 5, 2020, 11:00 am

  6. MAR

    9

    Monday

    Environmental & Climate Sciences Department Seminar

    Presented by Greg McFarquhar, University of Oklahoma

    11 am, Large Conference Room, Bldg. 490

    Monday, March 9, 2020, 11:00 am

  7. MAR

    19

    Thursday

    Environmental & Climate Sciences Department Seminar

    Presented by Virendra Ghate, ANL

    11 am, Large Conference Room, Bldg. 490

    Thursday, March 19, 2020, 11:00 am

    Hosted by: Mike Jensen

  8. MAR

    26

    Thursday

    Environmental & Climate Sciences Department Seminar

    Presented by Kevin Griffin, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University

    11 am, Large Conference Room, Bldg. 490

    Thursday, March 26, 2020, 11:00 am

    Hosted by: Alistair Rogers

Complete Seminar List & Archives

Once your seminar date is set, register through the Guest Information System, which will require you to upload a current copy of your CV when registering.

The registration should be completed a minimum of 30 days prior to your seminar date. (If travel is required, then complete the registration 60 days prior to your seminar date.)

To assist you in completing the registration form, below are answers to some of the questions:

Purpose of Visit: Speech/Presentation
Subject Code: Environmental Sciences, Atmospheric
Access Requested: Physical on-site Access to BNL
Estimated Days: intermittently <30 days
Visit Justification: Invited Seminar Speaker for the Environmental & Climate Sciences Department Seminar Series. Title of my talk: (insert title) or Topic of my talk: (insert topic)
BNL Department: Environ & Climate Sci. Dept (EE)
Research Facility: None
Facility Type: Non-Security Area
Beamline: None or Unknown
Research Type: Open research
Anticipated Start Date: date you expect to come onsite
Anticipated End Date: date of your last date onsite

After receiving approval for your visit, Sharon Zuhoski will contact you regarding your travel/lodging arrangements.