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Allison McComiskey

Brookhaven National Laboratory

Environmental and Climate Sciences Department
Bldg. 815
P.O. Box 5000
Upton, NY 11973-5000

(631) 344-7511
amccomiskey@bnl.gov

Dr. McComiskey is Department Chair of Environmental and Climate Sciences at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Her research interests are in the radiative forcing of atmospheric constituents, specifically aerosols and clouds, that change in response to human actions and the long-term impact of these changes on the global energy budget. She is an observationalist recognizing the critical role of models that operate at all scales in understanding climate processes, predicting future climate scenarios, guiding renewable energy applications, and informing related policy decisions. Thus, much of her work is undertaken with an eye toward improving and expanding observations for better climate process understanding and integrating measurements and models. Dr. McComiskey currently serves as a Commissioner of the International Radiation Commission, is a member of the AMS Radiation Committee, is the Chair of the Broadband Radiation Working Group of the Baseline Surface Radiation Network, and a co-Chair of the Gordon Research Conference on Climate and Radiation. She has a long-standing relationship with the Department of Energy Atmospheric System Research program and Atmospheric Radiation Measurement facility and has served on several of their science and infrastructure advisory committees, currently acting as co-Chair of the Aerosol Measurement Science Group.

Expertise | Research | Education | Appointments | Publications | Awards


Expertise

  • Group Chief Global Radiation Group and Physical Scientist, Global Monitoring Division, NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory, Boulder, 2014-2018
  • Research Scientist II, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder and NOAA Earth Systems Research Laboratory, Chemical Sciences Division, 03/15/2008-12/26/2014
  • Research Scientist I, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder and NOAA Earth Systems Research Laboratory, Global Monitoring Division, 08/01/2003-03/14/2008
  • Assistant Professor, Texas State University, 08/2002-07/2003

Research Activities

  • Atmospheric radiative transfer; ground- and space-based remote sensing
  • Cloud and aerosol radiative forcing of the climate system; spatio-temporal distribution of forcing
  • Use of process- to global-scale observations for climate model evaluation
  • Managing integrative atmospheric observing systems to directly address science questions

Education

  • University of California, Santa Barbara, Ph.D., Geography, 2003
  • Northern Arizona University, M.A., Geography, 1998
  • Southern Methodist University, B.S., Anthropology, 1992

Professional Appointments

  • American Geophysical Union
  • American Meteorological Society
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Gordon Research Conference for Radiation and Climate, Vice-Chair 2019, Chair 2021
  • Commissioner, International Radiation Commission, 2017-present
  • Member, Radiation Committee of the American Meteorological Society, 2013-2015, 2017-present
  • Chair, Aerosol Measurement Science Group, DOE Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Climate Research Facility, 2014-present
  • Chair, Atmosphere Collaboration Team, Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee, 2014-2017
  • International Arctic Systems for Observing the Atmosphere, Radiation and Aerosol Working Groups, 2015-present
  • The Aerosol, Cloud, and Trace Gases Research Infrastructure External Board, 2015

Selected Publications

  • Creamean JM, de Boer G, Telg H, Mei F, Dexheimer D, Shupe MD, Solomon A, McComiskey A (2021) Assessing the vertical structure of Arctic aerosols using balloon-borne measurements. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 21:1737–1757. doi: 10.5194/acp-21-1737-2021
  • Creamean JM, Maahn M, de Boer G, McComiskey A, Sedlacek AJ, Feng Y (2018) The influence of local oil exploration and regional wildfires on summer 2015 aerosol over the North Slope of Alaska. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 18:555–570. doi: 10.5194/acp-18-555-2018
  • Sherman JP, McComiskey A (2018) Measurement-based climatology of aerosol direct radiative effect, its sensitivities, and uncertainties from a background southeast US site. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 18:4131–4152. doi: 10.5194/acp-18-4131-2018
  • Calbó J, Long CN, González J-A, Augustine J, McComiskey A (2017) The thin border between cloud and aerosol: Sensitivity of several ground based observation techniques. Atmospheric Research 196:248–260. doi: 10.1016/j.atmosres.2017.06.010
  • Kassianov E, Pekour M, Flynn C, Berg LK, Beranek J, Zelenyuk A, Zhao C, Leung LR, Ma PL, Riihimaki L, Fast JD, Barnard J, Hallar AG, McCubbin IB, Eloranta EW, McComiskey A, Rasch PJ (2017) Large Contribution of Coarse Mode to Aerosol Microphysical and Optical Properties: Evidence from Ground-Based Observations of a Transpacific Dust Outbreak at a High-Elevation North American Site. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences 74:1431–1443. doi: 10.1175/jas-d-16-0256.1
  • Feingold G, Balsells J, Glassmeier F, Yamaguchi T, Kazil J, McComiskey A (2017) Analysis of albedo versus cloud fraction relationships in liquid water clouds using heuristic models and large eddy simulation. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 122:7086–7102. doi: 10.1002/2017jd026467
  • Sena ET, McComiskey A, Feingold G (2016) A long-term study of aerosol–cloud interactions and their radiative effectat the Southern Great Plains using ground-based measurements. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 16:11301–11318. doi: 10.5194/acp-16-11301-2016
  • Feingold G, McComiskey A, Yamaguchi T, Johnson JS, Carslaw KS, Schmidt KS (2016) New approaches to quantifying aerosol influence on the cloud radiative effect. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113:5812–5819. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1514035112
  • McComiskey A, Ferrare RA (2016) Aerosol Physical and Optical Properties and Processes in the ARM Program. Meteorological Monographs 57:21.1–21.17. doi: 10.1175/amsmonographs-d-15-0028.1
  • Feingold G, McComiskey A (2016) ARM's Aerosol–Cloud–Precipitation Research (Aerosol Indirect Effects). Meteorological Monographs 57:22.1–22.15. doi: 10.1175/amsmonographs-d-15-0022.1
  • Yamaguchi T, Feingold G, Kazil J, McComiskey A (2015) Stratocumulus to cumulus transition in the presence of elevated smoke layers. Geophysical Research Letters. doi: 10.1002/2015gl066544
  • Ravela S, Sandu A (2015) Dynamic Data-Driven Environmental Systems Science. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-25138-7
  • Attwood AR, Washenfelder RA, Brock CA, Hu W, Baumann K, Campuzano-Jost P, Day DA, Edgerton ES, Murphy DM, Palm BB, McComiskey A, Wagner NL, de Sá SS, Ortega A, Martin ST, Jimenez JL, Brown SS (2014) Trends in sulfate and organic aerosol mass in the Southeast U.S.: Impact on aerosol optical depth and radiative forcing. Geophysical Research Letters 41:7701–7709. doi: 10.1002/2014gl061669
  • Lee SS, Feingold G, McComiskey A, Yamaguchi T, Koren I, Vanderlei Martins J, Yu H (2014) Effect of gradients in biomass burning aerosol on shallow cumulus convective circulations. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 119:9948–9964. doi: 10.1002/2014jd021819

Awards & Recognition

NOAA Technology Transfer Award, for improving forecasts of turbine-height winds and solar irradiance from the High-Resolution Rapid Refresh weather model to improve usage of renewable power by industry, 2017

Allison McComiskey

Brookhaven National Laboratory

Environmental and Climate Sciences Department
Bldg. 815
P.O. Box 5000
Upton, NY 11973-5000

(631) 344-7511
amccomiskey@bnl.gov

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