Clouds, Chemistry, and Climate Change: Why Our Current Climate Is What It Is

Science for the Public Lecture Series
Sept 12, 2017, Belmont Public Library, Belmont MA

Daniel Cziczo, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Secondary Appointment: Civil and Environmental Engineering

The excess CO2 in our atmosphere will affect Earth’s climate for centuries to come, and we need to understand why. Professor Cziczo is an atmospheric scientist who is an expert on the crucial role of clouds in the dynamics of climate. In this presentation, he explains the vital relationship between clouds and climate. He also discusses present options for reducing atmospheric CO2. And…with his cloud chamber, he demonstrates how particles in the air nucleate clouds. You’ll never think of clouds in the same old way again!

Awards:
Victor P. Starr Career Development Chair (2013) | NASA Group Achievement Award, MACPEX Mission (2011) | NASA Group Achievement Awards: ARCTAS Mission, (2008); CRYSTAL Mission, 2002; Galileo Ida/ Dactyl Encounter (1993) | DOE Outstanding Performance Award, ISDAC Campaign (2008) | Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) (2005) | CIRES Outstanding Performance Award (2004) | Sigma Gamma Tau (National Honor Society for Aerospace Engineering), 1989; University of Illinois Chapter President (1991-1992), Secretary (1990-1991)

Some videos featuring Prof. Cziczo: