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Highlights of CIRES Science at AGU 2020


Every year, more than 200 CIRES scientists and colleagues present important work during the AGU Fall Meeting. This year, due to the global pandemic, all talks, posters and events are virtual. See below for this year's highlights, organized by theme. These highlights do not necessarily reflect the importance of the science; rather, they reflect talks, posters and discussions likely to be of interest to a broad scientific audience. 

This year's virtual AGU format will include both presentations and posters. To access presentations below: The first bulleted link will take you to the abstract and a pre-recorded 15 minute talk from the researcher. Every presenter will give a four-minute live overview of their presentation, at the time specified by the second bullet. Live overview presentations are followed by short Q&As within hour-long sessions. The third bulleted link will take you to the full hour session.

Posters are listed after presentations in our categories below: the first bullet will take you to the poster link and abstract. The second bullet specifies the day and time the poster will be live. Presenters will choose their own availability for when they will be virtually manning their poster, which will be specified within their abstract link.

In addition to talks and posters, CIRES researchers will sit on panels for press events:

Click for presentation and poster highlights by theme, ordered by date and time (in MST), please note you may have to log in with your AGU credentials to view:

Emissions and Air Quality

PRESENTATIONS

A025-04: Analysis of Volatile Organic Compound Measurements During COVID-19 Lockdowns in Changzhou, China: Source Attribution and Emissions Reductions: Andrew Jensen/CIRES


A030-01: A new look at the influence of mineral dust on cirrus cloud formation by combining global-scale measurements, global modeling, and detailed microphysical simulations: Karl Froyd/CIRES and NOAA


A030-07: Mini Ozone Holes Due to Dust Release of Iodine in the Remote Tropical Free Troposphere: Theodore Koenig/CIRES


A048-05: An Examination of the Impact of Local Shelter-in-Place Orders on Atmospheric Aerosol Mass and Chemical Composition in Boulder Colorado During the COVID-19 Pandemic: several CIRES authors


A049-06: Ozone recovery as detected in NOAA Ground-Based and Satellite Ozone Measurements: Irina Petropavlovskikh/CIRES


A048-06: COVID-AQS: A rapid response study to monitor air-quality impacts of COVID-19 in Boulder, CO: Aaron Lamplugh/CIRES and NOAA


A051-05: Trace amounts of Br and I are ubiquitous in non-sea-salt aerosol: Gregory Schill/CIRES and NOAA


A079-01: Characterizing the air quality impact of COVID-19 emission reductions through experimental forecasts with the Rapid-Refresh model coupled to chemistry (RAP-Chem): Jordan Schnell/CIRES and NOAA


A079-05: Importance of Chemical Mechanism Complexity for Simulating Ozone under the Changing Chemical Regimes in 2020 and Beyond: Rebecca Schwantes/CIRES


A079-07: Ozone Changes Over the United States Due to COVID-19: several CIRES authors


A109-04: Another Surprising Turn in the Global Emission of CFC-11: Steve Montzka/CIRES and NOAA


A124-06: Quantifying Methane and Ozone Precursor Emissions from Oil and Gas Production Regions across Contiguous US: several CIRES authors


A204-07: Quantifying the Contribution from Volatile Chemical Product Emissions to Ozone Formation in Los Angeles, California: Joost de Gouw/CIRES


A232-02: Compositional comparison and atmospheric impacts of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted from agricultural fires and wildfires measured with the NOAA Integrated Whole Air Sampling System during FIREX-AQ: several CIRES authors


A234-01: Chemical Aging of Biomass Burning Organic Aerosol: Insight from Fast Near-Molecular Measurements: Demetrios Pagonis/CIRES


A234-03: Connecting laboratory and field measurements of smoke composition to build a framework explaining ozone formation from Western U.S. wildfires measured during FIREX-AQ: Matthew Coggon/CIRES


A243-07: Ozone Loss and Climate Change Caused by Black Carbon Emissions from an Increasing Frequency of Rocket Launches: Christopher Maloney/CIRES


POSTERS

A034-0019: Background Ozone above the Colorado Front Range during the COVID-19 Pandemic: several CIRES authors


A034-0009: Discerning changes in primary and secondary pollutants due to COVID-19 amid natural variability and exceptional events by using routine monitoring network data: several CIRES authors


A034-0003: Measurements of Volatile Organic Compounds in Boulder, Colorado, During the COVID-19 Lockdown: William Dresser/CIRES


A067-0009: Evaluation and Application of Big Data Derived Datasets for High Resolution Updates to Transport Emissions in the Wake of COVID-19: coauthor Brian McDonald/CIRES and NOAA


A086-0016: Evaluating the impacts of an ocean NOx source on O3 and OH in the remote troposphere: Chelsea Thompson/CIRES


A150-0003: Anthropogenic Secondary Organic Aerosols Contribute Substantially to Air Pollution Mortality: Doug Day/CIRES


GC085-0005: Continuous monitoring of methane emissions on 14 Permian Basin natural gas production facilities, links to operations and mitigation: Caroline Alden/CIRES


A184-0015: Sources of Gas-Phase Species in an Art Museum from Comprehensive Real-Time Measurements: Derek Price/CIRES


A184-0004: Evaluating Chemical Mechanisms to Improve Understanding of Ozone Formation in Urban Regions: CIRES authors


A184-0014: Quantifying the Sorptive Properties of Carpets with Regards to Indoor VOCs Through High-Resolution Chemical Ionization Mass Spectrometry: Melissa Morris/CIRES


A189-0005: A pause in Southern Hemisphere circulation trends due to the Montreal Protocol: Antara Banerjee/CIRES and NOAA 


A184-0017: Volatile Chemical Products Have a Major Impact on Air Quality in U.S. cities: Carsten Warneke/CIRES and NOAA


A225-0002: Characterizing the physical and chemical evolution of organic aerosol in biomass burning smoke using molecular tracers from laboratory and FIREX-AQ observations: Jose Jimenez/CIRES


A216-0004: Comparison of NOAA's current greenhouse gas observing network to a hypothetical network hosted on commercial aircraft for constraining fluxes at regional to continental scales: Kathryn McKain/CIRES


A225-0012: Connections Between the Organic Aerosol Composition and Optical Properties of Biomass Burning Aerosols Measured from the NOAA Twin Otter Aircraft During the 2019 FIREX-AQ Project: several CIRES authors


A224-0013: Non-methane organic and nitrogen emissions from wildfire plumes during FIREX-AQ: Matthew Coggon/CIRES


A224-0002: Emissions and evolution of SO2 from biomass burning during FIREX-AQ: CIRES authors


Wildfire and Other Hazards

PRESENTATIONS

EP024-03: Ensemble Forecasting of Long-Term Erosion at a Hazardous Waste Site: Gregory Tucker/CIRES


NH026-05: An automated approach to flood detection through a threshold based method and machine learning using Sentinel-1A/B SAR data: Clay Woods/CIRES


A191-06: Fire Radiative Power Measurements from the NOAA Met Twin Otter during FIREX-AQ: Troy Thornberry/NOAA


H190-03: Seasonal Drought Prediction: The Changing Role of Snow in Water Supply Forecasting across the Western U.S.: Ben Livneh/CIRES


A232-02: Compositional comparison and atmospheric impacts of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted from agricultural fires and wildfires measured with the NOAA Integrated Whole Air Sampling System during FIREX-AQ: several CIRES authors


A232-06: In situ polarimetry measurements of smoke from wildfires during FIREX-AQ: Adam Ahern/CIRES and NOAA


A234-02: Chemical transformation of wildfire smoke at the transition from day to night: Zachary Decker/CIRES


A234-03: Connecting laboratory and field measurements of smoke composition to build a framework explaining ozone formation from Western U.S. wildfires measured during FIREX-AQ: Matthew Coggon/CIRES


A234-05: Evolution of Brown Carbon Aerosol Absorption Downwind of Wildfires in the Western U.S.: Rebecca Washenfelder/CIRES and NOAA


H214-06: Putting CAM QPFs in Context: New HRRR Heavy Rainfall Diagnostics for Flash Flood Situational Awareness and Forecasting: Eric James/CIRES


A251-15: An in-situ characterization of aged stratospheric smoke from the 2017 Pacific Northwest Event pyrocumulonimbus: several CIRES authors


A255-02: Effects of Emissions, Transport, and Chemistry on Prediction of Air Quality Impacts from Fires: Megan Bela/CIRES


POSTERS

S010-0005: Effects of Seismicity Mitigation Practices Captured in Time-Lapse of Induced Earthquake Fault Activation: Enrique Chon/CIRES


NH014-0008: Canada-United States Elevation Model Collaboration to Improve Tsunami Inundation Mapping: Christopher Amante/CIRES and NOAA


S019-0014: Temporal Variations in Seismic Velocity via Ambient Noise Interferometry: Applications to Wastewater Injection and Induced Seismicity in Greeley, Colorado: Tom Clifford/CIRES


NH014-0002: NOAA NCEI CUDEM Program – Continuously-Updated Digital Elevation Models - Applications to Tsunami Modeling: Matthew Stiller/CIRES


H087-0019: An observational framework for quantifying post-fire sediment and water quality response: CIRES authors


S028-0002: Gutenberg-Richter distributions for individual faults in California: Kristy Tiampo/CIRES


NH022-0009: Risky development: increasing exposure to natural hazards in the United States: Virginia Iglesias/CIRES


NH030-0028: An evaluation of uncertainty in extreme landslide-triggering precipitation: Elsa Culler/CIRES


A224-0013: Non-methane organic and nitrogen emissions from wildfire plumes during FIREX-AQ: Matthew Coggon/CIRES


A225-0002: Characterizing the physical and chemical evolution of organic aerosol in biomass burning smoke using molecular tracers from laboratory and FIREX-AQ observations: Jose Jimenez/CIRES


A225-0012: Connections Between the Organic Aerosol Composition and Optical Properties of Biomass Burning Aerosols Measured from the NOAA Twin Otter Aircraft During the 2019 FIREX-AQ Project: several CIRES authors


A224-0002: Emissions and evolution of SO2 from biomass burning during FIREX-AQ: CIRES authors


Polar Change

PRESENTATIONS

A021-04: Unmanned aerial systems measurements in the Arctic during the MOSAiC campaign: Observations of the boundary layer and surface albedo during the melting season: Radiance Calmer/CIRES


C016-03: Estimating permafrost thickness in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta using LIDAR: Kevin Schaefer/CIRES/NSIDC


C026-01: Improving Understanding of Future Antarctic Ice-Shelf Vulnerability to Atmospheric Warming: CIRES authors


C026-05: Impact of Ice-Shelf Estuaries on Ice-Shelf Surface Drainage Efficiency: Lincoln H Pitcher/CIRES


C026-06: Hydrologic Properties of a Highly Permeable Firn Aquifer in the Wilkins Ice Shelf, Antarctica: Lynn Montgomery/CIRES


ED024-05: Engaging the Public in Science Learning with the 2019-2020 MOSAiC Arctic Research Expedition: Lynne Harden/CIRES


C036-02: Warm air intrusions and surface melt over sea ice from MOSAiC during spring 2020: several CIRES authors


C036-08: Improving short-term forecasts of the ocean-sea ice-atmosphere coupled system using wintertime statistics from the MOSAiC campaign: Amy Solomon/CIRES and NOAA


ED032-09: On board with MOSAiC: how an Arctic research expedition can engage students in Earths systems thinking: Jonathan Griffith/CIRES


C040-02: Mechanisms modulating warm Atlantic Water temperatures and inflow toward Helheim Glacier in southeastern Greenland: Tasha Snow/CIRES


G013-07: Characterizing Contemporary Solid-Earth Deformation in West Antarctica Using High-Resolution Mass Load Changes: Jasmine S Hansen/CIRES


C048-07: It’s getting hot in here: The Evaluation of Heat Uptake and Release in the Arctic and Impacts on Sea ice Concentration: Meghan Helmberger/CIRES/NSIDC


B085-05: Detecting changes in the high-latitude carbon seasonal cycle with a multi-model approach: Aleya Kaushik/CIRES and NOAA


C050-08: Record surface meltwater ponding on the Northern George VI Ice Shelf, Antarctic Peninsula, during the 2019/2020 melt season: Alison Banwell/CIRES


A233-03: The Remarkably Strong Arctic Stratospheric Polar Vortex of Winter 2020: Links to Record-Breaking Arctic Oscillation and Ozone Loss: Zachary Lawrence/CIRES


C065-07: Towards an Operational Seasonal Sea Ice Forecast System for the Chukchi Sea: Jed Lenetsky/CIRES/NSIDC


A233-10: Seasonal Forecasts of the Exceptional Northern Hemisphere Winter of 2020: Amy Butler/CIRES and NOAA


A235-01: Extreme Events and the Melting of Greenland: Heat Waves and Hurricanes: William Neff/CIRES


POSTERS

A012-0011: Observations of Arctic Atmospheric Boundary Layer with Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for MOSAiC: Gina Jozef/CIRES


C014-0006: Improved sea ice motion estimates from enhanced resolution passive microwave brightness temperatures: Walt Meier/CIRES/NSIDC


NH013-0012: Assessing Rock Wall Permafrost Changes in Colorado’s Front Range and Their Implications for Rock Fall: Mylene Jacquemart/CIRES


C020-0008: Ocean and atmosphere impacts on Helheim Glacier calving: Matthew Martinez/CIRES


C022-0006: Intense surface melting and firn saturation on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet during the 2019-2020 austral melt season mapped from space using satellite C-band radar scatterometry: Julie Miller/CIRES


C028-0003: Evaluating Ice Production of Ross Ice Shelf and Terra Nova Bay Polynyas during 2019 using Sentinel-1 SAR Image and ICESat-2 data: Elizabeth Hebel/CIRES


C044-0003: Cloud Influences on the Surface Energy Budget at MOSAiC: Matthew Shupe/CIRES and NOAA


C044-0002: Structure of Arctic Cyclones During MOSAiC and Their Surface Impacts: Ola Persson/CIRES and NOAA


C054-0010: Antarctica Today: Daily Measurements of Surface Melt Extent Across the Antarctic Ice Sheet From Passive Microwave Data: Michael MacFerrin/CIRES


Weather and Climate

PRESENTATIONS

H025-07: Quantifying and attributing recent changes in global lake and reservoir storage using satellite observations and hydrological modeling: Fangfang Yao/CIRES


NH021-03: Data assimilation for tsunami forecast with ship-borne GNSS data in the Cascadia subduction zone: Jakir Hossen/CIRES


H102-11: Precipitation variability and the future of water in the West: A multi-catchment analysis: Nels Bjarke/CIRES


A123-02: Capability of NOAA’s Global Aerosol Forecast Model (GEFS-Aerosols) in Forecasting Hazardous Air Quality: Li Zhang/CIRES and NOAA


H150-13: Forecasting Soil Moisture in Northern California Using a Linear Inverse Model: Megan Fowler/CIRES


A200-07: What can Possibly go Wrong? Cloud Microphysical Implications for Marine Cloud Brightening: Fabian Hoffmann/CIRES


H190-03: Seasonal Drought Prediction: The Changing Role of Snow in Water Supply Forecasting across the Western U.S.: Ben Livneh/CIRES


H214-06: Putting CAM QPFs in Context: New HRRR Heavy Rainfall Diagnostics for Flash Flood Situational Awareness and Forecasting: Eric James/CIRES and NOAA


POSTERS

SH003-0001: A Survey of Space Weather Forecasters on Improvements Considered Priorities: Elizabeth Butler/CIRES


SH003-0009: NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center Energetic Proton Event Forecast Skill: Hazel Bain/CIRES and NOAA


SA004-0003: A Perspective of Ionosphere-Thermosphere Modeling from the Current NOAA/SWPC Operational Model: Tzu-Wei Fang/CIRES


A039-0013: Critical Assessment of Tropospheric Ozone Simulations in CMIP6 Earth System Models: Henry Bowman/CIRES and NOAA


SA005-0012: McMurdo Lidar observations of Vertical Winds, Temperatures, and Metal Layers before, during, and after the 2019 Antarctic SSW: Xinzhao Chu/CIRES


SH030-0001: Why (And How) We Should Observe The Dynamic Middle Corona: Daniel Seaton/CIRES and NOAA


A113-0013: Do Cloud Feedbacks, Different External Forcing, or Something Else Enhance 21st-Century Warming in the Latest Generation of an Earth System Model?: David Schneider/CIRES


A145-0003: Doppler lidar observations of Trade Cumulus Clouds during ATOMIC: Sunil Baldar/CIRES and NOAA


C047-0008: Wind-transport impacts on snow accumulation and water available for runoff at the watershed scale: Gabriela Collao-Barrios/CIRES/NSIDC


A188-0014: Development and Evaluation of a Linear Inverse Model for Weeks 3-4 Forecasts of 2-Meter Temperature Over North America: Sam Lillo/CIRES and NOAA


Education and Diversity

PRESENTATIONS

ED024-05: Engaging the Public in Science Learning with the 2019-2020 MOSAiC Arctic Research Expedition: Lynne Harden/CIRES


ED028-06: Creating Local Pathways for Resilience to the Impacts of Global Climate Change with the Hazard Education and Resilience Task (HEART) Force in Rural Colorado: Katya Schloesser/CIRES


ED033-03: We Are Water - Community Perspectives at the Center Of Designing Informal STEM Education Experiences About Water: Patricia Montano/CIRES


ED034-06: Climate Literacy: Art and science partnership guidelines for catalyzing community action on climate change: Patrick Chandler/CIRES


ED040-08: Going virtual: Lessons Learned From a Two-Week Virtual Summer Research Experience for Community College Students: Alicia Christensen/CIRES


ED047-02: Engaging learners around climate change impacts in their communities - Strategies learned from in-class, after-school and informal learning education programs in rural communities of the Southwestern US: Anne Gold/CIRES


POSTERS

C028-0003: Evaluating Ice Production of Ross Ice Shelf and Terra Nova Bay Polynyas during 2019 using Sentinel-1 SAR Image and ICESat-2 data: Elizabeth Hebel/CIRES


ED020-0007: Lowering Barriers to Teaching Earth Data Science to Undergraduates in Historically Underrepresented Communities Using a Virtual, Cloud-Compute Supported, Student-Directed Learning Environment: Leah Wasser/CIRES


ED030-0002: Creating Authentic Opportunities for Youth to Build Resilience to Environmental Hazards in Rural Colorado: Katya Schloesser/CIRES



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