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Computational Modeling of Atmospheric Processes (CMAP) A Research Development and Partnership Pilot (RDPP) Proposal

Active Dates 9/1/2022-6/30/2024
Program Area Atmospheric System Research
Project Description
Computational Modeling of Atmospheric Processes at Texas Southern University

Bruce M.Prince  | Department of Chemistry(PI)

Daniel Vrinceanu | Department of Physics (Co-PI)    

Mark C. Harvey  | Department of Physics (Co-PI)

Texas Southern University (TSU) develops a robust research program in atmospheric chemistry and physics with a climate science emphasis by leveraging partnerships with the DOE Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Facility, Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), and the Tracking Aerosol Convection Interactions ExpeRiment (TRACER) programs. This research focuses on secondary organic aerosols (e.g., methane, carbon dioxide, and sulfuric acid gases) serve as cloud chemical irritants and have a substantial effect on cloud properties and the initiation of precipitation (rain) and elevated temperature. Hence, secondary organic aerosols (SOAs) play a key role in Earth's precipitation and solar energy-radiation cycle. However, the chemical and physical processes that govern these SOA-cloud interactions are poorly understood and represent a major source of uncertainty in predictive theories. The proposed program will produce a highly motivated and skilled cohort of students with technical competencies that are easily transferable to employment opportunities within the government, industry, or academia. To this end, this program will directly impact communities that have been historically underrepresented and underserved, while simultaneously growing the pool of scientific excellence in the U.S. TSU will be well positioned to become a major contributor of underrepresented professionals to the atmospheric science workforce in the nation and broaden the field of climate science by extension. BNL will benefit from TSU faculty and students’ contributions to world-class ARM research.
Award Recipient(s)
  • Texas Southern University Houston (PI: Prince, Bruce)