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Defenses Spring 2016

Fall 2015 | Fall 2016

Aqueous Atmospheric Organic Processing: Effects of Fog and Cloud Composition

Ali Boris
June 8, 2016

Cloud and fog droplets are well-suited venues for organic reactions leading to the formation of suspended particulate matter in the atmosphere. Suspended particular matter formed through aqueous reactions is called "aqueous secondary org...

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Analysis of multiple new-particle growth pathways observed at the US DOE Southern Great Plains field site

Anna Hodshire
April 21, 2016

New-particle formation (NPF) is a significant source of aerosol particles to the atmosphere. However, these particles are initially too small to have climatic importance and must grow, primarily through net uptake of low-volatility speci...

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INTERACTIONS OF ARCTIC CLOUDS, RADIATION, AND SEA ICE IN PRESENT-DAY AND FUTURE CLIMATES

Melissa Burt
February 23, 2016

The Arctic climate system involves complex interactions among the atmosphere, land surface, and the sea-ice-covered Arctic Ocean. Observed changes in the Arctic have emerged and projected climate trends are of significant concern. Surfac...

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LATENT HEATING AND AEROSOL-PRECIPITATION INTERACTIONS WITHIN MESOSCALE CONVECTIVE SYSTEMS

Peter Marinescu
February 23, 2016

Two studies are presented in this thesis that focus on understanding cloud processes within simulations of two mesoscale convective system (MCS) events that occurred during the Midlatitude Continental Convective Clouds Experiment (MC3E)....

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Maximizing the Utility of Available Root Zone Soil Moisture Data for Drought Monitoring Purposes in the Upper Colorado River Basin and Western High Plains, and Assessing the Interregional Importance of Root Zone Soil Moisture on Warm Season Water Balance

Peter Goble
February 8, 2016

Root Zone Soil Moisture (RZSM) data has both drought monitoring and seasonal forecasting applications. It is the lifeblood of vegetation, a large component of the hydrologic system, a determining factor in irrigation scheduling, and work...

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