Thompson Lecture Series

In 1998 ASP established the "Thompson Lecture Series," named in honor of Phil Thompson who founded the Advanced Study Program and was NCAR's first associate director. Under this program, prominent scientists are brought to NCAR for short visits that promote interaction between them and the postdoctoral fellows and other junior scientists at NCAR. In addition to presenting formal lectures, the Thompson Lecturers listen to briefings on the research being conducted by ASP Fellows and comment and provide advice on those research projects. They also meet with groups of scientists to discuss some more general topics, provide career advice, and offer their perspectives on scientific trends and priorities.

Second Lecturer of the 2015 Thompson Lecture Series

Ian Faloona:
Dr. Faloona's research group is attempting to bridge the fields of geophysical turbulence and chemistry through observations on airplanes, sea vessels, and towers. Emphasis is placed on an interdisciplinary understanding of the physical and chemical principles that control trace gas concentrations and their fluctuations in the atmosphere and ocean. The turbulent planetary boundary layers that lie adjacent to the interfaces of the earth, ocean, and sky play host to a great variety of exchange processes that are critical to our understanding of the climate system. We are dedicated to the idea that the ability of the scientific community to advance our understanding at a rate that outpaces the environmental challenges we continue to encounter is strongly contingent upon active training in a multitude of scientific disciplines. We are therefore actively pursuing topics in atmospheric and oceanic photochemistry, boundary layer meteorology, and carbon cycling.

Monday December 7th - Wednesday December 9th 2015

General Lecture:
Monday, December 7, 2015 - 11:00 a.m. @ Mesa Lab Main Seminar Room
Second Hand Smog: A Bird's Eye View of Intercontinental Air Pollution Transport from California's Coastal Mountains

Science Lecture:
Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - 11:00 a.m. @ Foothills Lab 2, Large Auditorium
The Importance of Seeing Turbulence in Airborne Atmospheric Chemistry Studies: From Entrainment Mixing to Emissions Estimates

These lectures will be broadcast live at,

Group Photo with Ruth DeFriesGroup photo with Ulrike Lohmann of ETH, Zürich

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