Jian Wang, professor in the Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering, has received $412,895 in funding from the Department of Energy (DOE) for research to help further our understanding of the impacts of aerosols on convective clouds.

Aerosols could play a large role in convection and precipitation, and a fuller understanding of their relationship to convection is needed for more accurate climate models.

Wang's lab will deploy two advanced instruments during the Intensive Operation Period of the Tracking Aerosol Convection interactions ExpeRiment (TRACER), a DOE project that focuses on fundamental convective cloud processes and aerosol impacts on these processes.

The instruments will provide high-quality, comprehensive characterizations of aerosol microphysics. The measurements will be used to understand how much water is taken up by various aerosols under different relative humidities and how efficiently the aerosol particles form cloud droplets.

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