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  • Dr. Philip Rasch

    Phil Rasch Selected for Eos Editorial Advisory Board

    Congratulations to Dr. Philip Rasch, atmospheric scientist and Lab fellow at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Rasch was selected to serve as a member of the Eos Editorial Advisory Board representing the American Geophysical Union's (AGU) Global Environmental Change focus group and the disciplines it covers.

  • Dr. Manish Shrivastava

    Long-Lived Traveling Particles to be Tracked

    Dr. ManishKumar Shrivastava is leading a team to develop new modeling formulas that climate models can use to understand complex interactions of different types of atmospheric particles that are climate and health-concerning. He has won a grant from PNNL's Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) program to perform this research over the next two years.

  • soot emissions from coal-burning power plant

    The Dark Side of Cold Clouds

    A PNNL-led team found that freshly formed soot particles with fractal-like shapes become compacted after getting processed by a cold cloud, affecting their ability to absorb and scatter sunlight. The modeling results showed that the amount of sunlight energy reaching Earth's surface is ultimately influenced by the shape of soot.

  • Dr. L. Ruby Leung

    Ruby Leung Appointed to ACME Chief Climate Scientist

    Dr. L. Ruby Leung, an internationally renowned atmospheric scientist specializing in climate modeling and the water cycle, and Laboratory Fellow at PNNL, has been selected by the Department of Energy to lead the Accelerated Climate Modeling for Energy (ACME) project as Chief Climate Scientist. Leung will guide the science behind one of DOE's most important areas of research: transforming the Nation's ability to predict climate change and its impacts.

  • new jersey off-shore wind-measuring buoy

    Buoy Makes Splash, Measures Wind

    PNNL scientists designed a second wind-measuring buoy deployed off the coast of New Jersey in December; the first is positioned 40 kilometers east of Virginia Beach. The buoys are equipped with the latest in meteorological and oceanographic equipment to measure the power-producing potential of winds that blow off-shore. Offshore wind has great potential for generating energy.

How do human activities and natural systems interact to affect the Earth's climate? Ultimately, that is the question challenging scientists in PNNL’s Atmospheric Sciences & Global Change Division.

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