Welcome to the Cold Precipitation Processes Group! Our research is focused on cold-season and cold-location precipitation events (snow, mixed-phase, rain!), as well as the associated cloud, thermodynamic, and synoptic characteristics. Much of our work is located in the mid- and high-latitude regions of the world where the climate is rapidly changing and thus impacting cold precipitation processes. Our research lies at the intersection of science and instrumentation and utilizes ground-based, airborne, and satellite observations of clouds and precipitation. Additionally, our group deploys and maintains ground-based instrument sites for both long-term and seasonal objectives.
- Dr. Claire Pettersen is serving as a Mercator Fellow with Phase III of the Arctic Amplification (AC)3 project funded by the German Research Foundation. Read more about (AC)3 here:
- Dr. Claire Pettersen and Dr. Aronne Merrelli were selected as part of the new NASA Earth Venture Instrument satellite mission, PolSIR. The goal of PolSIR is to observe ice clouds in the tropics and determine how and why they change throughout the day:
- Researcher Marian Mateling has a new publication out in JGR: Atmospheres. This research used CloudSat observations to evaluate cloud and snowfall characteristics during Marine Cold-Air Outbreak conditions:
- Graduate student Julia Shates has a new publication out in JGR: Atmospheres. This work evaluated rain-snow levels at Marquette, Michigan using ground-based observations:
- Yan Xie (co-Advised by Prof. Mark Flanner) joined the group as a Ph.D. Candidate in Winter 2023!
- Graduate Student Julia Shates‘ AGU oral presentation was recognized with an 2022 AGU Precipitation Student Award. Congrats Julia!
- Jack Richter and Alanna Wedum will be joining the research group as a graduate students in Fall 2022!
- Tristan Rendfrey (co-Advised by Prof. Jeremy Bassis) joined the group as a Ph.D. Candidate in Winter 2022!