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.
We are actively recruiting 2 graduate students and 1 postdoctoral researcher to join our group at the University of Michigan. Please contact Dr. Pettersen for more information.
- 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!
- Dr. Claire Pettersen and colleagues published a paper on the influence of atmospheric blocking in the Euro-Atlantic region on snowfall processes at Summit Station, Greenland
- Researcher Marian Mateling has a new publication out in JGR: Atmospheres. This work examined the impacts of inland Atmospheric Rivers on cold-season precipitation
- Graduate student Julia Shates has a recent publication in the Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology comparing snowfall regimes at two sites in Scandinavia
- Undergraduate student Jack Richter is joining the research group for Summer 2021 (and hopefully beyond). Jack will be exploring the differences in snow microphysical properties during atmospheric river events.
- Graduate student Julia Shates was awarded a 2021 NASA FINESST! Congratulations to Julia!