Texas A&M University

Department of Atmospheric Sciences

Fall 2016 Seminar Schedule

Seminars are held at 4:00 p.m. in Room 112 of the Eller O&M Building unless otherwise specified.

The nearest visitor parking is in the Central Campus Garage. (Click on the CCG building on the map for more information.)

August 31

Dr. Courtney Schumacher, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Texas A&M University – The complexity and relevance of mesoscale convective organization


September 7

Dr. Pınar Mengüç, Center for Energy, Environment and Economy, Özyeğin University in Istanbul – From Optics to Sustainable Buildings


September 14

Dr. Don Conlee and SEA-Met Students, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Texas A&M University – Barbados SEA-Met:  A report on the 2nd Student Experiences Abroad in Meteorology Program


September 21

Aaron Piña, Department of Ecology, Colorado State University – A pilot early warning system for minimizing pollution transport from eastern Colorado agricultural operations into Rocky Mountain National Park


September 28

Dr. Jun-ichi Yano, French National Centre for Scientific Research – The tropical Madden-Julian oscillations: Strongly-nonlinear free solitary Rossby wave?


October 5

Dr. Andrew Dessler, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Texas A&M University – Equilibrium climate sensitivity and how to measure it


October 12

Dr. Gavin Schmidt, NASA GISS – What is Climate Modeling Good For?


October 17


Dr. Jiming Song, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Iowa State University – Fast algorithms in modeling of electromagnetic and elastic wave propagation and scattering (special seminar at 4:00 p.m. in 1209)


October 19

Dr. Shankar Chellam, Department of Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University – African dust influences on ambient particulate matter concentrations in Houston, TX


October 26

Dr. Natalie Johnson, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Texas A&M University – Prenatal Air Pollution Exposure and Childhood Asthma


October 27



Dr. Fuqing Zhang, Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science, Pennsylvania State University – Intrinsic versus practical limits of multi-scale atmospheric predictability (special seminar at 4:00 p.m. in 1209)


November 2

Dr. Tim Logan, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Texas A&M University – The feasibility of low-cost instruments in science


November 9

Dr. Nathan Phillips, Department of Earth & Environment, Boston University – Urban natural gas pipeline leaks: the nature of the problem, and potential solutions


November 16

Dr. Joyce Penner, Department of Atmospheric Science, University of Michigan – Secondary Organic Aerosol in the Atmosphere: Formation and Radiative Forcing


November 30


Dr. Pawan Bhartia, NASA GSFC, – Air quality in the “Anthropocene” Era: A satellite perspective


December 7

Dr. Hans Schuessler, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Texas A&M University – Trace gas detection with frequency combs