Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences

Michael Gallagher

Research Scientist

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  • Ph. D., Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, CU Boulder, 2019
  • B.Sc., Physics Engineering, University of Colorado

Research Interests

Michael is a postdoctoral research scientist working for the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at CU Boulder within the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratories. His research is centered around studying the atmosphere in the Arctic and its central role in the coupled climate system. This includes the following research topics: atmospheric boundary layer dynamics clouds, radiation, and their relationship to surface energy budget applied machine learning and computational algorithms ground and space based remote sensing of the atmosphere

Current Research

Since finishing his PhD he has been primarily doing field research with MOSAiC (Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate), dedicating the majority of 2019 and 2020 to gathering high quality in situ atmospheric observations in the Arctic ice pack. When not in the field his research is generally focused on coupling atmospheric process to the broader climate system in the Arctic. Check out these blog posts to see a bit what that's about: Rescuing and repairing remote station destroyed by sea ice movement Nature's beauty and ferocity: A mini update from the MOSAiC field campaign What's it like to spend four-plus months locked in the Arctic ice? These researchers spent a winter trapped in Arctic ice to capture key climate data

Research Categories

Atmosphere, Climate and Weather, Cryosphere, Energy, Water Resources

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CECA Member

Sep 1, 2016


May 15, 2019

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