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 2014 Thompson Lecture Series

Ulrike Lohmann:
Dr. Ulrike Lohmann is Full Professor for Experimental Atmospheric Physics in the Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science at ETH, Z├╝rich since 2004. At ETH, she is the head of the Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science since 2006. She obtained PhD in climate modeling from the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology. Her research focuses on the role of aerosol particles and clouds in the climate system. Of specific interest are the formation of cloud droplets and ice crystals and the influence of aerosol particles on the radiation balance and on the hydrological cycle in the present, past and future climate. She combines laboratory work, field measurements, satellite data and different numerical models. Dr. Lohmann has published more than 180 peer-reviewed articles. She was a lead author for the Fourth and Fifth Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC). She was awarded a Canada Research Chair in 2002, the AMS Henry G. Houghton Award in 2007, and was elected as a fellow of the American Geophysical Union in 2008. Her website is here and her video as the "Cloud woman" is on Swiss news.

Wednesday December 10th - Friday December 12th 2014

General Lecture:
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 11:00 a.m. @ Mesa Lab, Main Seminar Room
Grand challenges in understanding clouds: from ice crystal formation to their influence on climate
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Science Lecture:
Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 11:00 a.m. @ Foothills Lab 2, Large Auditorium
Observations and model simulations of orographic mixed-phase clouds (MPC)
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Group Photo with Ruth DeFriesGroup photo with Ruth DeFries of Columbia University

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