Will Aerosol Particles Prevent Global Warming?

Department of Mathematics & Statistics and

Environmental Sciences Program

College of Sciences, SDSU

present a public lecture by

Professor Lynn Russell

Scripps Institution of Oceanography

University of California, San Diego.

  

 April 8, 2010, Thursday, in SDSU Love Library, Room 430

Particles in the atmosphere play a key role in cloud formation, acting as the triggers that form water droplets in clouds. Clouds can potentially offset or accelerate global warming. A “geoengineering” idea attempts to exploit aerosol-cloud interactions that are a large uncertainty in climate predictions, essentially by augmenting natural “sea spray” as an effective, safe, and time-buying cooling measure. But will this work? 

Dr. Lynn M. Russell is Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry at Scripps Institution of Oceanography on the faculty of University of California at San Diego. She completed her undergraduate work at Stanford University. She received a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology for her studies of marine aerosols. She was a Professor at Princeton University before joining Scripps. Her research is in the area of aerosol particle chemistry, including the behavior of particles in marine and anthropogenically-influenced conditions. She received the Whitby Award of the American Association of Aerosol Research in 2003 for her contributions on atmospheric aerosol processes.