Seminar - Jun Wang - University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Thursday, February 26 at 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Seamans Center, 3315
103 South Capitol Street, Iowa City, Iowa

Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences University of Nebraska - Lincoln Satellite Remote Sensing of Aerosols for Air Quality and Climate Studies: Current Capabilities and Next Steps Atmospheric particulate matter (PM), or aerosol particles, are solid or liquid matter suspended in the air. Worldwide, PM air pollution is a major environmental concern in many countries, and aerosol effects on climate are the puzzles that many climate scientists are working hard to solve. To tackle both pollution and climate issues, ground-based observation data alone is insufficient because aerosols have large spatial and temporal variability. Since 1999 when NASA launched Terra, the first satellite as part of its Earth Observation System (EOS), many new techniques have been developed to measure aerosols and surface PM air quality from space, thereby providing much-needed information for aerosol research. In this talk, I will provide a brief overview of the progresses we made in this area. A few examples from my research group will be provided, with an emphasis on the integration of satellite data and atmospheric models toward a holistic understanding and prediction of aerosol sources and processes. Lastly, I shall give an outlook of several near-future satellite observations for studying aerosols and fires that my research group is involved in. Jun Wang received his Ph.D. degree in atmospheric science from University of Alabama – Huntsville in 2005. He joined University of Nebraska – Lincoln (UNL) in 2007 after being a postdoc at Harvard University for 2 years. His primary research interests are the effects of aerosols and wild fires on air quality and climate. In addition, he also enjoys working on interdisciplinary projects related to land use change (agriculture and irrigation), solar/wind energy, supercomputing and scientific visualization. During his tenure from assistant to associate professor at UNL, he secured ~ $5M external grants and sponsored 11 graduate students, ~18 undergraduate students, and 5 postdocs. An author/co-author of ~70 papers, Dr. Wang received NASA New Investigator award in 2009, NASA’s group achievement award in 2013 and 2014, and now, is a science team member of six NASA satellite missions. In 2009, he also received “academic star” award from UNL for “taking the art of mentoring to new heights”.

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