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Michael Jensen

Meteorologist and Group Leader, Cloud Processes & Measurement Science, Environmental and Climate Sciences Department

Michael Jensen

Brookhaven National Laboratory

Environmental and Climate Sciences Department
Bldg. 490D, Room 2-4
P.O. Box 5000
Upton, NY 11973-5000

(631) 344-7021
mjensen@bnl.gov

Dr. Jensen's research focuses on a combination of observational and modeling studies to better understand the lifecycle of cloud systems and the role they play in the Earth's energy balance. He has been actively involved with the Department of Energy's Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Facility and the Atmospheric System Research Program since 1996 working on research projects studying the radiative impacts of deep convective clouds in the tropics, defining the characteristics of marine boundary layer clouds and the retrieval of cloud microphysical properties from remote sensing observations. He was the principal investigator for the Midlatitude Continental Convective Clouds Experiment (MC3E) in 2011 and will serve in the same role for the TRacking Aerosol Convection interactions Experiment (TRACER) in 2021. Recent research activities have also aimed at using radar observations and high-resolution weather modeling towards the prediction of utility outages.

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Expertise

  • Convective cloud systems
  • Marine boundary layer cloud systems
  • Cloud microphysical properties
  • Clouds role in the Earth's energy balance

Research Activities

  • Meteorologist, Biological, Environmental & Climate Sciences Department, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Oct. 2009-present
  • Associate Meteorologist, Environmental & Climate Sciences Department, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Oct. 2006-Sep. 2009
  • Assistant Meteorologist, Environmental & Climate Sciences Department, Brookhaven National Laboratory, May 2004-Sep. 2006
  • Guest Scientist, Environmental & Climate Sciences Department, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Jul. 2003-April 2004
  • Associate Research Scientist, Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics, Columbia University, Mar. 2002-Dec. 2004
  • Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics, Columbia University, Dec. 1999-Feb. 2002

Education

  • State University of New York at Stony Brook, B. S. Atmospheric Sciences
  • The Pennsylvania State University, M. S., Meteorology
  • The Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D, Meteorology

Professional Appointments

  • American Meteorological Society
  • American Geophysical Union
  • Principal Investigator, Midlatitude Continental Convective Clouds Experiment (MC3E) (2011)
  • Lecturer, State University of New York at Stony Brook (2010, 2017)
  • Lead ARM Infrastructure Translator (2009-2016)
  • ARM Cloud Lifecycle Working Group Translator (2005-2016)

Selected Publications

  • Wang D, Jensen MP, Taylor D, et al (2022) Linking Synoptic Patterns to Cloud Properties and Local Circulations Over Southeastern Texas. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 127:. https://doi.org/10.1029/2021jd035920
  • Montoya-Rincon JP, Azad S, Pokhrel R, et al (2022) On the Use of Satellite Nightlights for Power Outages Prediction. IEEE Access 10:16729–16739. https://doi.org/10.1109/access.2022.3149485
  • Galewsky J, Jensen MP, Delp J (2022) Marine Boundary Layer Decoupling and the Stable Isotopic Composition of Water Vapor. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 127:. https://doi.org/10.1029/2021jd035470
  • (2022) A Succession of Cloud, Precipitation, Aerosol and Air Quality Field Experiments in the Coastal Urban Environment. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. https://doi.org/10.1175/bams-d-21-0104.1
  • Jensen MP, Ghate VP, Wang D, et al (2021) Contrasting characteristics of open- and closed-cellular stratocumulus cloud in the eastern North Atlantic. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 21:14557–14571. https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-14557-2021
  • Wang J, Wood R, Jensen MP, et al (2022) Aerosol and Cloud Experiments in the Eastern North Atlantic (ACE-ENA). Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 103:E619–E641. https://doi.org/10.1175/bams-d-19-0220.1
  • Wang Y, Zheng G, Jensen MP, et al (2021) Vertical profiles of trace gas and aerosol properties over the eastern North Atlantic: variations with season and synoptic condition. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 21:11079–11098. https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-11079-2021
  • Zheng G, Wang Y, Wood R, et al (2021) New particle formation in the remote marine boundary layer. Nature Communications 12:. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-20773-1
  • Wang D, Jensen MP, D'Iorio JA, et al (2020) An Observational Comparison of Level of Neutral Buoyancy and Level of Maximum Detrainment in Tropical Deep Convective Clouds. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 125:. https://doi.org/10.1029/2020jd032637
  • Marquardt Collow AB, Miller MA, Trabachino LC, et al (2020) Radiative heating rate profiles over the southeast Atlantic Ocean during the 2016 and 2017 biomass burning seasons. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 20:10073–10090. https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-10073-2020
  • Anber UM, Giangrande SE, Donner LJ, Jensen MP (2019) Updraft Constraints on Entrainment: Insights from Amazonian Deep Convection. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences 76:2429–2442. https://doi.org/10.1175/jas-d-18-0234.1
  • Anber UM, Wang S, Gentine P, Jensen MP (2019) Probing the Response of Tropical Deep Convection to Aerosol Perturbations Using Idealized Cloud-Resolving Simulations with Parameterized Large-Scale Dynamics. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences 76:2885–2897. https://doi.org/10.1175/jas-d-18-0351.1
  • Ghate VP, Mechem DB, Cadeddu MP, et al (2019) Estimates of entrainment in closed cellular marine stratocumulus clouds from the MAGIC field campaign. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society 145:1589–1602. https://doi.org/10.1002/qj.3514
  • Giangrande SE, Wang D, Bartholomew MJ, et al (2019) Midlatitude Oceanic Cloud and Precipitation Properties as Sampled by the ARM Eastern North Atlantic Observatory. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 124:4741–4760. https://doi.org/10.1029/2018jd029667
  • Lamraoui F, Booth JF, Naud CM, et al (2019) The Interaction Between Boundary Layer and Convection Schemes in a WRF Simulation of Post Cold Frontal Clouds Over the ARM East North Atlantic Site. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 124:4699–4721. https://doi.org/10.1029/2018jd029370
  • Wang D, Giangrande SE, Schiro KA, et al (2019) The Characteristics of Tropical and Midlatitude Mesoscale Convective Systems as Revealed by Radar Wind Profilers. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 124:4601–4619. https://doi.org/10.1029/2018jd030087
  • Zhang Y, Xie S, Klein SA, et al (2018) The ARM Cloud Radar Simulator for Global Climate Models: Bridging Field Data and Climate Models. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 99:21–26. https://doi.org/10.1175/bams-d-16-0258.1
  • Zheng G, Wang Y, Aiken AC, et al (2018) Marine boundary layer aerosol in the eastern North Atlantic: seasonal variations and key controlling processes. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 18:17615–17635. https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-17615-2018
  • Machado LAT, Calheiros AJP, Biscaro T, et al (2018) Overview: Precipitation characteristics and sensitivities to environmental conditions during GoAmazon2014/5 and ACRIDICON-CHUVA. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 18:6461–6482. https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-6461-2018
  • Giangrande SE, Feng Z, Jensen MP, et al (2017) Cloud Characteristics, Thermodynamic Controls and Radiative Impacts During the Observations and Modeling of the Green Ocean Amazon (GoAmazon2014/5) Experiment. https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-2017-452
  • Tang S, Xie S, Zhang Y, et al (2016) Large-scale vertical velocity, diabatic heating and drying profiles associated with seasonal and diurnal variations of convective systems observed in the GoAmazon2014/5 experiment. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 16:14249–14264. https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-14249-2016
  • Wood R, Jensen MP, Wang J, et al (2016) Planning the Next Decade of Coordinated Research to Better Understand and Simulate Marine Low Clouds. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 97:1699–1702. https://doi.org/10.1175/bams-d-16-0160.1
  • Jensen MP, Petersen WA, Bansemer A, et al (2016) The Midlatitude Continental Convective Clouds Experiment (MC3E). Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 97:1667–1686. https://doi.org/10.1175/bams-d-14-00228.1
  • Jensen MP, Holdridge DJ, Survo P, et al (2016) Comparison of Vaisala radiosondes RS41 and RS92 at the ARM Southern GreatPlains site. Atmospheric Measurement Techniques 9:3115–3129. https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-9-3115-2016

Featured Video

  • TRACER 01

    September 15, 2021

    The TRacking Aerosol Convection interactions ExpeRiment (TRACER) is scheduled from October 2021 through September 2022 in and around Houston, Texas. TRACER’s main objective is to provide convective cloud observations with high space and time resolution over a broad range of environmental and aerosol conditions. These observations will help to constrain high-resolution numerical model simulations, advance fundamental process-level understanding of convective motions and microphysics, and improve the representation of deep convection in earth system models. Learn more about the TRACER campaign at https://arm.gov/research/campaigns/amf2021tracer.

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Michael Jensen

Brookhaven National Laboratory

Environmental and Climate Sciences Department
Bldg. 490D, Room 2-4
P.O. Box 5000
Upton, NY 11973-5000

(631) 344-7021
mjensen@bnl.gov

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