Graduate Seminar Announcement - Fernando Garcia-Menendez, Ph.D

Thursday, January 22 at 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Seamans Center, 3315
103 South Capitol Street, Iowa City, Iowa

Post-Doctoral Researcher, Programs in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climates Massachusetts Institution of Technology   Modeling Air Pollution at Vastly Different Scales: From Atmospheric Plumes to Climate Change Air pollution is now considered the world’s largest environmental risk and extensive research has centered on better understanding the sources, transport and transformations of pollutants in the atmosphere. Air pollution models are widely used to steer environmental policy, forecast air quality, and study complex atmospheric chemistry and physics. However, the processes governing air quality occur over a vast extent of spatial and temporal scales, from urban to global and hourly to centennial. This talk will discuss examples of challenges and strategies to simulate air pollution at both ends of this modeling spectrum. An adaptive grid method will be presented as an approach to reproduce subgrid-scale atmospheric plumes with Eulerian chemical transport models. At the opposite extreme, large ensemble-simulations with global climate–chemistry models are used to explore the impact of 21st century climate change on air quality. These applications highlight the need to bridge the large range of scales covered by different atmospheric simulations in order to adequately model air pollution under global change. Fernando Garcia Menendez is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Center for Global Change Science and Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received a B.S. in in Chemical Engineering from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University. Prior to joining MIT, he completed his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. As a member of MIT’s Joint Program on Global Change, Fernando’s research uses modeling to explore the connections between climate change, air quality and public health, specifically focusing on the impact of climate uncertainty on air quality projections. His doctoral work centered on the air quality impacts of fires and high-resolution simulations with regional-scale air quality models.

Contact Info: Jacquie L. Albrecht,, (319) 335-1400