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Monday, August 14, 2017
Founding Department Chair, Atmospheric Sciences/Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Has Died at Age 96
Arno Richard "Dick" Kassander, Jr., UA Vice President Emeritus and Professor Emeritus, passed away on July 27, 2017 in Mesa, AZ. Dick was born in Carbondale, Pa, Sept 10,1920. One of the most influential scientists of his generation, Kassander served as the first department head for the UA Department of Atmospheric Sciences/Institute of Atmospheric Physics and was highly instrumental in the creation of many University of Arizona units, including the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory and Flandrau... Read More
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
A round of applause, please, for HAS colleague and former faculty member, Francina Dominguez, on being selected for the 2018 AMS Henry G. Houghton Award in recognition of her pioneering contributions to terrestrial meteorology and improving our understanding of land-atmosphere interactions. Dominguez was among the founding faculty members of our department's Hydrometeorology program and served as its co-director. In 2015, she returned to her alma mater, the University of Illinois, where she has initiated a similar research group focused on the study of hydrometeorology and land-atmosphere inte... Read More
Monday, August 7, 2017
Our heartiest congratulations go to Ravindra Dwivedi, HAS doctoral student, who has been selected to receive the 2017 AGU Horton Research Grant. He will receive his award in a formal ceremony at the AGU Annual Conference in San Francisco this December. This nationally competitive award recognizes superior achievement in research related to hydrology, water resources, and closely related fields. The awards are limited to one to three students annually.
Dwivedi's doctoral research, directed by Tom Meixner, Professor and HAS Associate Department Head, is using a multi-tracer approach coupled with... Read More
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Christopher Castro, Associate Professor of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences (HAS), and his group are among the first to look at long-term changes in monsoon precipitation, and the region of Arizona with more extreme storms includes metro Phoenix. Their findings were published July 3 in the early online edition of the Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology.
According to new research led by Castro's team, monsoon season now brings more extreme wind and rain to central and southwestern Arizona than in the past. Although there are now fewer storms, the largest monsoon thunderstorms bring... Read More
Monday, July 10, 2017
New research by Jack Reeves Eyre, HAS graduate student, and Xubin Zeng, Professor of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences, will help scientists figure out just how fast Greenland's vast ice sheet is melting. The ice sheet has been shrinking since 1900 (the yearly loss of ice has doubled since 2003) and the accelerated melting is contributing to sea level rise.
They recently published their findings online (July 5) in The Cryosphere, an open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union: Evaluation of Greenland near surface air temperature datasets. Reeves Eyre and Zeng hope their new findin... Read More