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Building Collaboration to Advance our Understanding of Regional Climate Impacts of Dust in California's San Joaquin Valley

Active Dates 9/1/2022-5/31/2024
Program Area Atmospheric System Research
Project Description
Building collaboration to advance our understanding of regional climate impacts of dust in California's San Joaquin Valley
Adeyemi Adebiyi, University of California – Merced (Principal Investigator)

One of the significant challenges for any earlier career scientist is building collaborations and partnerships within a research community with a set system of networks. This is particularly difficult if the early career scientist is from historically under-represented groups in science or from small-scale minority-serving institutions (MSIs), such as the University of California – Merced (UC Merced), where little to no funding is available to facilitate such collaboration. However, because collaboration has become almost a prerequisite for high-quality research, funding becomes necessary to build the inter-institutional bridge between minority faculty at MSIs and researchers at other top institutions to address climate-relevant science questions.

The central objective of this proposal is to develop capabilities at the UC Merced in dust-climate research by building collaboration with researchers at the United State Department of Energy (DOE)'s national laboratories. The University of California, Merced – a designated Hispanic-Serving Institution – is uniquely positioned to help advance our understanding of dust impacts on regional air quality and climate in the San Joaquin Valley. Therefore, we propose to build collaboration between UC Merced and three DOE national laboratories: the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). With this collaboration, UC Merced will achieve two specific objectives: (1) Become familiar with Energy Exascale Earth System Model (E3SM) to better understand and improve dust impacts on regional climate in the San Joaquin Valley; (2) Become familiar with instrumentations on the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Mobile Facilities (AMF) currently deployed and develop expertise to propose a future campaign that characterizes dust impacts in the San Joaquin Valley.

To achieve the above objectives, we propose activities that will help UC Merced develop capabilities in dust modeling using E3SM and capabilities to understand instrumentations at an existing ARM mobile facility. These activities include learning about dust modeling with the standard configuration and the single-column mode of the E3SM, which will be coordinated with collaborators at PNNL and LLNL. In addition, we propose to also learn about ARM user facilities that can be leveraged to understand dust impacts during a potential short-term observational campaign in the San Joaquin Valley. Specifically, we will work with the Principal Investigator for the DOE's Surface Atmosphere Integrated Field Laboratory (SAIL) Campaign, which is currently stationed in central Colorado, to become familiar with the instrumentations on the ARM mobile facility. In developing modeling capabilities with E3SM and becoming familiar with the instrumentations on the ARM mobile facility, our focus will be to set the stage for collaborative research that can help advance our understanding of dust interactions with regional air quality, clouds, and precipitation over the San Joaquin Valley. With these objectives and activities, UC Merced will be better positioned to participate in DOE's Earth and Environmental Systems Sciences Division (EESSD)-supported programs and future research solicitations relevant to atmospheric aerosols and air quality, and climate.
Award Recipient(s)
  • University of California, Merced (PI: Adebiyi, Adeyemi)