Reading the Clouds to Understand Climate Change

Contemporary Science Issues and Innovations
October 22, 2013 Belmont Media Center, Belmont MA
The video of this program includes footage from the Cziczo Lab at MIT

Daniel Cziczo, PhD is the Victor P. Starr Career Development Associate Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Cziczo Lab

Professor Cziczo discusses the science of clouds, particularly the cirrus clouds found at very high altitudes. He explains how particles (aerosols) in the atmosphere trigger cloud formation and what the presence of particular aerosols recently discovered suggest for a better understanding of climate change. This video includes footage from the Cziczo Lab in which Dr. Cziczo demonstrates how aerosols trigger cloud formation, and researchers in the lab explain how particles are collected and analyzed. Meet Dan Cziczo

Awards: NASA Group Achievement Award, ARCTAS Mission DOE Outstanding Performance Award, ISDAC Campaign, Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, CIRES Outstanding Performance Award

MIT Technology Review article about Professor Cziczo’s research on aerosols in the atmosphere.

Professor Cziczo’s 2012 MIT video discussion about the relationship between aerosol particles in the atmosphere and climate change

Science Daily 5/09/13 report on Dr. Cziczo’s research: Dust in the Clouds: Cirrus Clouds Form Around Mineral Dust and Metallic Particles

MIT News Oct 2013 report on Dr. Cziczo’s simulation of Martian clouds: Making Martian Clouds on Earth