Spring Seminars 2013

Spring 2013
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Date Title Speaker Place & Time Host

JANUARY

1/11/2013
NOAA's Next Generation Operational Polar Satellite Program - the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS)
Mitch Goldberg
NOAA/NESDIS/STAR
Satellite Meteorology and Climatology
O&M 1209
10:00 AM
ATMO
1/11/2013 Observation Evidences of Intensified Walker Circulation over Last Thirty Years
Byung-Ju Sohn
School of  Earth and Environmental Sciences
Seoul National University
CSA 303
4:00 PM
ATMO
1/15/2013 Dual-polarization Radar Observations of Hydrometeor Refreezing in Winter Storms
Matthew R Kumjian
National Center for Atmospheric Research
O&M 112
4:00 PM
ATMO
1/18/2013 "Corporations are People My Friend": the Curous Case of Former Energy Giant Enron on Trial for Fraud Jayme Walenta
Texas A&M University
O&M 112
4:00 PM
GEOG
1/22/2013 The Sensitivity of Supercell and Squall Line Strength and Precipitation to Aerosol Perturbations Zachary Lebo
Mesoscale and Microscle Meteorology
National Center for Atmospheric Research
O&M 112
4:00 PM
ATMO
1/23/2013 Insights into Ice-houses from Periglacial and Aeolian Records on Earth and Mars Ryan Ewing
University of Alabama
Halbouty 327
11:15 AM
G&G
1/28/2013 The Pantanal Wetlands (South America): Form, Function, and History Michael McGlue
Mendenhall
Halbouty 327
11:15 AM
G&G
1/28/2013 Wave Glider - Crossing the Pacific with an Autonomous Surface Craft Jamie Griffith
Liquid Robotics, Inc.
O&M 112
4:00 PM
OCNG
1/29/2013 Assessing Boundary Layer Influences on Supercell Thunderstorms through Idealized Simulations Chris Nowotarski
Pennsylvania State University
O&M 112
4:00 PM
ATMO
1/29/2013 Mission Accomplished or Mission Impossible: Predicting the Biological Impacts of Climate Change Jonathan Newman
School of Environmental Designs
University of Guelph
MSC 1400
4:00 PM
ABS
1/30/2013 Multi-scale Flow Behavior in Mudrocks Julia Reece
University of Texas
Halbouty 327
11:15
G&G

FEBRUARY

2/1/2013 Modeling Civil Violence with Optimization, Simulation and GIS
Justin Yates
Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Texas A&M University
O&M 112
4:00 PM
GEOG
2/5/2013 Evaluation and Regime-dependent Error Diagnosis of Cloud and Water Vapor Simulations in Climate Models Using NASA A-Train Satellite Observations Jonathan Jiang and Hui Su
NASA Jet Propusion Laboratory
California Institute of Technology
O&M 112
4:00 PM
ATMO
2/8/2013 High Altitude Climate Change: The Survival Struggle of our Earth's Alpine Glaciers
Andrew Bush
Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
University of Alberta
O&M 112
4:00 PM
GEOG
2/12/2013 Indigenous Knowledge, Climate Change, and Building Anticipartory Capacity: An Interdisciplinary Challenge Karim Kassam
Departmentment of Natural Resources and the American Indian Program
Cornell University
MSC 1400
4:00 PM
ABS
2/13/2013 The Ongoing Debate About Anthropogenic Global Warming

Response afterwards by Dr. Andrew Dessler
Fred Singer
Director and President of Science and Environmental Policy Project
O&M 112
4:00 PM
ATMO
2/15/2013 Influence of Cultural Practices and Natural Processes on Human Exposure to Groundwater Contamination Peter Knappert
Lamont-Doherty
Halbouty 104
11:30 AM
G&G
2/15/2013 On the Causes of the Shrinking of Lake Chad
Huilin Gao
Department of Civil Engineering
Texas A&M University
O&M 112
4:00 PM
GEOG
2/17/2013 Formation, Growth, and Transformation of Atmospheric Aerosols: Progress and Challenges Renyi Zhang
Department of Atmospheric Sciences
Texas A&M University
O&M 112
4:00 PM
ATMO
2/19/2013 Lightning Impacts on Airports—Challenges of Balancing Safety and Efficiency of Air Traffic Operations Matthias Steiner
Research Applications Laboratory
National Center for Atmospheric Research
O&M 112
4:00 PM
ATMO
2/22/2013 Ways Forward for GIS&T Education
David DiBiase
ESRI
O&M 112
4:00 PM
GEOG
2/25/2013 Seasonal Variations in Aridity and Temperature Characterize Changing Climate During the Last Deglaciation in New Zealand Elisabeth L. Sikes
Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences
Rutgers University
O&M 112
4:00 PM
OCNG
2/26/2013
The Dynamics of Barclinic Waves in the Martian Atmosphere
Istvan Szunyogh
Department of Atmospheric Sciences
Texas A&M University
O&M 112
4:00 PM
ATMO
2/27/2013 Securing Our Water Future: The Imperative for Urban-Rural Partnerships Brian Richter
The Nature Conservancy
MSC 1400
12:00 PM

ABS

2/28/2013 SPECIAL SEMINAR
Global Distribution of Cirrus Cloud Properties Inferred from MODIS IR Bands
Hironobu Iwabuchi
Graduate School of Science
Tohoku University
O&M1209
1:30 PM
ATMO
2/28/2013 SPECIAL SEMINAR
Vectorial Complex Ray Model for Light Scattering by Non-Spherical Particles
Kuan Fang Ren
Department of Physics
University of Rouen in France
O&M 1209
4:00 PM
ATMO

MARCH

3/1/2013 Disaster Science and Robots: Land, Marine, and Aerial Robots at Fukushima and Japan Coast Robin R. Murphy
Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue Center for Emergency Informatics
Texas A&M University
O&M 112
4:00 PM
GEOG
3/5/2013 Air-Sea Interaction in the Atlantic: Impacts on Weather and Climate
(bring your iPads/tablets as this will be an interactive seminar)
R. Saravanan
Department of Atmospheric Sciences
Texas A&M University
O&M 112
4:00 PM
ATMO
3/7/2013 Urban Transformation of the World and its Environmental Impacts Burak Guneralp
Department of Geography
Texas A&M University
O&M 112
4:00 PM
GEOG
ABS
3/18/2013 Testing the Sensitivities of Marine Nitrogen Fixation: From Culture Studies to the South Pacific
Angela Knapp
Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences
University of Miami
O&M 112
4:00 PM
OCNG
3/19/2013 The Challenge of Renewables Integration: The Role for Atmospheric Scientsts in the Operational Environment Craig Collier
Regional Practice Manager of Power Forecasting at GL Garrad Hassan
O&M 112
4:00 PM
ATMO
3/22/2013 Implications of Provenance-aware Remote Sensing Process
Jason Tullis
Department of Geosciences
University of Arkansas
O&M 112
4:00 PM
GEOG
3/25/2013 The Impact of Physical, Chemical and Biological Processes on the Fate of Oill Spills Edward J. Buskey
Department of Marine Sciences
Missin-Aransas National Estuarine Reserach Reserve
Marine Sciences Institute, Port Aransas
The University of Texas at Austin
O&M 112
4:00 PM
OCNG
3/26/2013 Improving Storm Surge Forecasting Using Probabilistic SLOSH Output Erik Nielsen
Department of Atmospheric Sciences
O&M 112
4:00 PM
ATMO
3/29/2013 AAG
practice sessions
Iliyana Dobreva
GEOMATICS
Albedo variations over Andean tropical glaciers during simulated ENSO events CSA 303
2:30 PM
GEOG
Panshu Zhao
GEOMATICS
Object-oriented analysis of satellite imagery for mapping debris-covered glaciers in the Himalaya CSA 303
2:50 PM
GEOG
Sarah Trimble
GEOMORPHOLOGY
Coupling of backbarrier shoreline shape to morphological processes CSA 303
3:00 PM
GEOG
Christy Swann
GEOMORPHOLOGY
Wind-blown Sand: Threshold of Motion
CSA 303
3:20 PM
GEOG
Billy Hales
GEOMORPHOLOGY
Morphological heterogeneity and variability in an incised meander of the Brazos River, Texas CSA 303
3:40 PM
GEOG
Elizabeth Rentshlar
GEOMORPHOLOGY
Examining biogeomorphic models of vegetation recovery CSA 303
4:00 PM
GEOG
Patrick Barrineau
GEOMORPHOLOGY
Dynamics of the Ocean-Pismo Dunes, California
CSA 303
4:20 PM
GEOG
Adam Naito
BIOGEOGRAPHY
Dynamic spatial patterns of Alaskan Arctic shrub expansion and hypotheses regarding its landscape-scale drivers CSA 303
4:30 PM
GEOG

APRIL

4/1/2013 CO2 and H2O on Mars: Characterizing the Carbon Cycle Paul Niles
Mars Science Laboratory
NASA, Johnson Space Center
O&M 112
4:00 PM
OCNG
4/2/2013 Twomey Effect of Shallow Trade Wind Cumuli Manfred Wendisch
Leipzig Institute for Meteorology
University of Leipzig
O&M 112
4:00 PM
ATMO
4/5/2013
AAG
practice
sessions
Audrey Joslin
HUMAN-ENVIRONMENT
Territory within payments for environmental services in the Ecuadorian Páramos CSA 303
2:30 PM
GEOG
Fiona Wilmot
HUMAN-ENVIRONMENT
Peace +20: Restoration and paying the price in El Salvador CSA 303
2:50 PM
GEOG
Yolanda McDonald
HUMAN-ENVIRONMENT
Lacking a connection to a community water system: Water quality and human health impacts in El Paso colonias CSA 303
3:10 PM
GEOG
Laiyin Zhu
CLIMATOLOGY
Diagnosing and forecasting seasonal Tropical Cyclone Precipitation (TCP) in Texas CSA 303
3:30 PM
GEOG
Manuel Hernadez
CLIMATOLOGY
The change of the North American Monsoon seasonal precipitation in the CCSM 4 under IPCC CO2 Emission Scenarios CSA 303
3:50 PM
GEOG
Christopher Labosier
CLIMATOLOGY
Air mass and synoptic classification of wildfire activity in the southeastern US CSA 303
4:10 PM
GEOG
Trenton Ford
CLIMATOLOGY
Assessment of observed and model-derived soil moisture-evaporative fraction interactions over the United States Southern Great Plains CSA 303
4:30 PM
GEOG
Leslye Mohon
CLIMATOLOGY
Validating annual growth bands of deep sea corals from the Gulf of Mexico and southeastern United States CSA 303
4:50 PM
GEOG
4/8/2013 Great Basin Paleoclimate Back in Milankovitch's Pocket: Orbital Forcing of Norht Pacific Ocean Atmospheric Circulation over the Past 175,000 Years
Matthew Lachniet
Department of Geosciences
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
O&M 112
4:00 PM
OCNG
4/9/2013 Biophysical Feedbacks in Barrier Island Transgression: Implications for Manaing Change in the National Seashores Chris Houser
Department of Geography
Texas A&M University
MSC 1400
4:00 PM
ABS
4/15/2013 Quantifying Upwelling and Freshwater Input in Modern and Ancient Nearshore Tropical Waters Usig Gastropod Stable Isotope Profiles John A. Robbins
Department of Geology and Geophysics
Texas A&M University
O&M 112
4:00 PM
OCNG
4/16/2013 The Surface Forcing of Atmospheric Aerosols: From Local Observations to Regional Circulation Allison Steiner
Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences
University of Michigan
O&M 112
4:00 PM
ATMO
4/19/2013 Do Birds Matter? A 'Natural' Experiment Demonstrates the Econological Functions Provided by Birds Haldre Rodgers
Rice University
MSC 1400
4:00 PM
ABS
 4/19/2013 Self-organization of Periodic Landforms: Case Studies of Ripples/Dunes and Vegetation Bands in Drylands
Jon Pelletier
Department of Geosciences
University of Arizona
O&M 112
4:00 PM
GEOG
4/22/2013 Reconstructing Rainfall Variability in the Tropical Pacific Using Stalagmites Jud Partin
Jackson Sdchool of Geosciences
University of Texas at Austin
O&M 112
4:00 PM
OCNG
4/23/2013 Bridging the Gap Between Satellite Retrievals and in Situ Observations: MLS and Aircraft Measurements of Water Vapor (with Implications for Regional Ozone) John Dykema
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Harvard University
O&M 112
4:00 PM
ATMO
4/26/2013
Decisive Places: Magnum Photos' Geographic Imagination
Steven Hoelscher
American Studies and Geography
University of Texas
O&M 112
4:00 PM
GEOG
 4/29/2013 Ocean Circulation and Weathering: Interpreting Climate Feedbacks with Radiogenic Isotopes
Ellen E. Martin
Department of Geological Sciences
University of Florida

O&M 112
4:00 pm

OCNG

MAY

5/8/2012 SPECIAL SEMINAR
Shortwave Spectrometry of Cloud-Aerosol Fields
Konrad Schmidt
Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space PHysics
University of Colorado
O&M 1209
10:30 AM
ATMO
 
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