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Keynote Speaker

photo Sara C. Pryor, Atmospheric Scientist

Sara C. Pryor

Location: Herman B Wells Library [Map]
Library Conference Room E174
Time: 4:00 pm

The Climate Science Puzzle....

Professor Pryor, works in two related fields with climate science; (i) physical manifestations of global climate change and variability at regional scales (downscaling), and (ii) understanding formation and removal processes for atmospheric aerosols in order to reduce the uncertainties regarding aerosol climate forcing. She has published over 110 articles on these topics in internationally renowned journals, and is editor of the foremost atmospheric science journal, the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres.

Specific to her downscaling and climate impacts work, Professor Pryor is editor of a book (published in 2013), Climate Change in the Midwest: Impacts, Risks, Vulnerability, and Adaptation and was also editor of a prior synthesis (published in 2009) entitled Understanding Climate Change: Climate Variability, Predictability, and Change in the Midwestern United States. Professor Pryor is also a member of the National Climate Assessment and Development Committee (NCADAC), convened by the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and convening lead author for the Midwest region chapter of the forthcoming National Climate Assessment.

Specific to her work on atmospheric aerosols, Professor Pryor conducts continuous measurements of ultrafine particle concentrations and fluxes at an AmeriFlux site that she helped to establish in southern Indiana. The resulting data record of continuous aerosol size distributions is second in length only to the Hyytiala site in Finland. Professor Pryor is also working with her group on regional aerosol modeling and deriving aerosol properties from satellite observations. She was a collaborator on the EUCAARI project in Europe and for the BEACHON ("Bio-hydro-atmosphere interactions of Energy, Aerosols, Carbon, H2O, Organics & Nitrogen”) experiments.