Cumulus, Cirrus, Stratus: What clouds say about climate change

MIT Alumni Association
January 29, 2013

In this recent Faculty Forum broadcast event, Dan Cziczo set out to answer what happens when particles in the atmosphere, especially manufactured ones, interact with water vapor and temperature to form clouds in a changing climate.

 

On Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, Cziczo discussed the connection between clouds and climate change, the impact of particulate matter and aerosol particles, and took questions from the worldwide MIT community via video chat. Watch the video and then join the discussion at the Slice of MIT blog.

Cziczo's research group focuses on Earth's radiative budget, meteoritic debris, vehicles emissions, and the effect of atmospheric aerosols on cloud formation mechanisms. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a master's degree and doctorate from the University of Chicago.

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Dan Cziczo is an atmospheric scientist interested in the interrelationship of particulate matter and cloud formation. His research utilizes laboratory and field studies to elucidate how small particles interact with water vapor to form droplets and ice crystals.

Cziczo's research group focuses on Earth's radiative budget, meteoritic debris, vehicles emissions, and the effect of atmospheric aerosols on cloud formation mechanisms. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a master's degree and doctorate from the University of Chicago.

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Meet Atmospheric Chemist - Prof. Dan Cziczo

Clouds over Karlruhe (Cziczo Group Student, Sarvesh Garimella's summer-fieldwork blog)