Jennifer Kay Group
Polar and atmospheric science
The poorly observed polar regions are changing rapidly and present many exciting research opportunities. Our group's research interests include coupled climate processes, cold clouds and precipitation, sea ice, climate forcing and feedbacks, and internal climate variability. The tools we apply include remote sensing observations, in situ observations, process models, coupled climate models, instrument simulators, and data assimilation. We work closely with scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR, also located in Boulder) in the development and analysis of global coupled climate models.
I am an assistant professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, a CIRES Fellow, and a co-chair of the CESM Polar Climate Working Group. My publications are up-to-date on Google Scholar and at ResearcherID.
Please be in touch if you are interested in joining us in beautiful Boulder, Colorado.
"The emphasis on observation opens special avenues to discovery. Discoveries, it seems, can be forced to occur in the future, as they often have in the past, by the deliberate making of observations of new phenomena or new frontiers." (from "The Incomplete Guide to the Art of Discovery" by Jack. E. Oliver, Professor Emeritus at Cornell University)
Current research projects:
1) Cloud influence on and response to Arctic sea ice loss
2) Microphysical and dynamical processes controlling extratropical cloud-climate feedbacks
3) Coupling between clouds and global-scale atmosphere and ocean circulation patterns
4) Dynamic and thermodynamic controls on extratropical precipitation changes in a warming world
5) Sea ice trends, variability, and predictability in both the Arctic and Antarctic
6) Atmospheric and surface processes controlling polar energy budgets
Research tools/datasets developed and used by the Kay Group:
- Jen will give the first Turco Lecture at AGU - 9-10 am on Thursday December 13 Marriot Marquis - Marquis 5 Washington, DC.
- Kay group member Vineel Yettella successfully defends his Ph.D.!! A copy of his dissertation is available here: The Role of Internal Variability in Climate Change Projections Within an Initial Condition Climate Model Ensemble. Congratulations Dr. Yettella - We are very proud of you!!
- CIRES Postdoc Elizabeth Maroon published in Journal of Climate: Influence of the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation on the Northern Hemisphere surface temperature response to radiative forcing. Congrats Elizabeth!!
- With colleagues, Jen and CIRES Postdoc/Kay group member Elizabeth Maroon organized a polar modeling workshop for early career scientists. The workshop website has the details!
- Jason Chalmers (CU-Boulder) and Susannah Rozak (Pikes Peak Community College) joined us for the summer as undergraduate researchers funded through the National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. Their progress and energy inspired us all!! More information can be found here
- Kay group member Bill Frey successfully defends his Ph.D.!! A copy of his dissertation is available here: The influence of Southern Ocean shortwave cloud feedbacks on the coupled climate system. Congratulations Dr. Frey - We are very proud of you!!
- Stockholm University Research Scientist and Kay group member Joe Sedlar published in Journal of Climate: Spring Arctic Atmospheric Preconditioning: Do Not Rule Out Shortwave Radiation Just Yet. Congrats Joe!!
- ATOC Ph.D. Candidate and Kay group member Bill Frey published in JGR-Atmospheres: The combined influence of observed Southern Ocean clouds and sea ice on top‐of‐atmosphere albedo. Congrats Bill!!
- ATOC Ph.D. Candidate and Kay group member Vineel Yettella published in Journal of Climate: An ensemble covariance framework for quantifying forced climate variability and its time of emergence. Congrats Vineel!!
- ATOC Ph.D. Candidate and Kay group member Ariel Morrison published in JGR-Atmospheres: Isolating the Liquid Cloud Response to Recent Arctic Sea Ice Variability Using Spaceborne Lidar Observations. Congrats Ariel!!
- NASA Earth Ventures Proposal to Measure Arctic Radiation Selected for Funding, PI Tristan L'Ecuyer University of Wisconsin, includes co-I Jen Kay: NASA Press Release
- Jen awarded the 2017 Henry G. Houghton Award by the American Meteorological Society "For the innovative use of observations and global climate models to better understand the rapidly evolving climate of the polar regions"
- ATOC Ph.D. candidate and Kay group member Ariel Morrison awarded a Chateaubriand Fellowship from the Embassy of France for her work on Arctic clouds and sea ice. Ariel spent Spring 2017 in Paris, France working with Professor Helene Chepfer at LMD/Ecole Polytechnique. Bon Voyage!
- ATOC Ph.D. candidate and Kay group member Vineel Yettella awarded a 2017 CIRES Graduate Student Research Award for his prediction work using the CESM Large Ensemble (joint with ATOC Professor Jeff Weiss). Congrats Vineel!!
- ATOC Ph.D. Candidate and Kay group member Bill Frey published in Climate Dynamics: The influence of extratropical cloud phase and amount feedbacks on climate sensitivity and in Geophysical Research Letters Do Southern Ocean Cloud Feedbacks Matter for 21st Century Warming?. Congrats Bill!!
- Lucy Rieves (CU Undergraduate) joined the Kay group for the summer through the UROP program. Lucy's summer research focused on understanding the impacts of climate change on agriculture in the United States. Welcome Lucy!!
- Elizabeth Maroon joins Kay group as a CIRES Postdoctoral Visiting Fellow (joint with Professor Kris Karnauskus).
- Jen's NSF CAREER project -- “Going Global—The Influence of Southern Ocean Albedo on Large-scale Climate Dynamics” -- is funded.
- Jen and Clara Deser (NCAR Scientist) awarded the 2016 CESM Distinguished Achievement Award for their work on the CESM Large Ensemble Project.
- Jen lectured at the Abisko Polar Prediction School held in Abisko, Sweden.
- ATOC Ph.D. Candidate and Kay group member Vineel Yettella publishes in Climate Dynamics - How will precipitation change in extratropical cyclones as the planet warms?: Insights from a large initial condition climate model ensemble. Congrats Vineel!!
Jennifer Kay Group in CIRES news
Authors in italics are students/postdocs.
Morrison, A. L., Kay, J. E., Frey, W. R., Chepfer, H. and R. Guzman (accepted), Cloud response to Arctic Sea Ice Loss and Implications for Future Feedbacks in the CESM Climate Model, JGR-Atmospheres.
Kay, J. E., L'Ecuyer, T., Pendergrass, A., Chepfer, H., Guzman, R. and V. Yetella (2018), Scale-aware and definition-aware evaluation of modeled near-surface precipitation frequency using CloudSat observations, Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres, 123:8, 4294-4309, DOI:10.1002/2017JD028213
Goosse, H., Kay, J. E., Armour, K. C., Bodas-Salcedo, A., Chepfer, H., Docquier, D., Jonko, A., Kushner, P. J., Lecomte, O., Massonnet, F., Park, H., Pithan, F., Svensson, G., and M. Vancoppenolle (2018), Quantitative estimation of climate feedbacks in polar regions, Nature Communications, 9, 1919, doi:10.1038/s41467-018-04173-0
Morrison, A. L., Kay, J. E.,, Chepfer, H., Guzman, R. and V. Yettella (2018), Isolating the Liquid Cloud Response to Recent Arctic Sea Ice Variability Using Spaceborne Lidar Observations, Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres, 123, 473–490, DOI:10.1002/2017JD027248
Maroon, E. A., Kay, J. E., and K. Karnauskas (2018), Influence of the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation on the Northern Hemisphere surface temperature response to radiative forcing, J. Climate, in press
Frey, W. R., Morrison, A. L., Kay, J. E., Guzman, R. and H. Chepfer (2018), The combined influence of observed Southern Ocean clouds and sea ice on top-of-atmosphere albedo, Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres, 123:9, 4461–4475, https://doi.org/10.1029/2018JD028505
Yettella, V., Weiss, J., Kay, J. E., and A. G. Pendergrass (2018), An ensemble covariance framework for quantifying forced climate variability and its time of emergence, J. Climate, in press, https://doi.org/10.1175/JCLI-D-17-0719.1
Miller, N. B. , Shupe, M. D., Lenearts, J. T. M., Kay, J. E., deBoer, G. and R. Bennartz (revised), Process‐Based Model Evaluation Using Surface Energy Budget Observations in Central Greenland, JGR-Atmospheres, in press, https://doi.org/10.1029/2017JD027377
Lacour, A. , Chepfer, H., Miller, N., Shupe, M. Noel, V., Fettweis, X., Gallee, H., Kay, J. E., Guzman, R., and J. Cole (2018), How well are clouds simulated over Greenland in CMIP5 models? Consequences for the surface cloud radiative effect over the ice sheet. J. Climate , in press
Frey, W. R., Maroon, E. A., Pendergrass, A. G., and J. E. Kay (2017), Do Southern Ocean cloud feedbacks matter for 21st century warming?, Geophysical Research Letters, DOI:10.1002/2017GL076339
Frey, W. R.,and J. E. Kay (2017), The influence of extratropical cloud phase and amount feedbacks on climate sensitivity, Climate Dynamics, in press, DOI: 10.1007/s00382-017-3796-5
Yettella, V. and J. E. Kay (2017), How will precipitation change in extratropical cyclones as the planet warms?: Insights from a large initial condition climate model ensemble, Climate Dynamics,49: 1765, DOI 10.1007/s00382-016-3410-2
Lacour, A., Chepfer, H., Stone, M., Shupe, M., Miller, N., Noel, V., Kay, J. E., and D. D. Turner (2017), Greenland Clouds Observed in CALIPSO-GOCCP: Comparison with Ground-Based Summit Observations, J. Climate, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/JCLI-D-16-0552.1
Guzman, R., H. Chepfer, V. Noel, T. Vaillant de Guélis, J. E. Kay, P. Raberanto, G. Cesana, M. A. Vaughan, and D. M. Winker (2017), Direct atmosphere opacity observations from CALIPSO provide new constraints on cloud-radiation interactions, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 122, doi:10.1002/2016JD025946.
Webb, M. J., Andrews, T., Bodas-Salcedo, A., Bony, S., Bretherton, C. S., Chadwick, R., Chepfer, H., Douville, H., Good, P., Kay, J. E., Klein, S. A., Marchand, R., Medeiros, B., Siebesma, A. P., Skinner, C. B., Stevens, B., Tselioudis, G., Tsushima, Y., and Watanabe, M., (2017), The Cloud Feedback Model Intercomparison Project (CFMIP) contribution to CMIP6, Geosci. Model Dev., 10, 359-384, doi:10.5194/gmd-10-359-2017.
Kay, J. E., Wall, C., Yettella, V., Medeiros, B. Hannay, C., P. Caldwell, and C. Bitz (2016), Global climate impacts of fixing the Southern Ocean shortwave radiation bias in the Community Earth System Model, J. Climate, 29:12, 4617–4636, doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-15-0358.1, Correction to Figure 9 units
Kay, J. E., Bourdages, L., Chepfer, H., Miller, N., Morrison, A., Yettella, V.,and B. Eaton (2016), Evaluating and improving cloud phase in the Community Atmosphere Model version 5 using spaceborne lidar observations,Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres, 121:8, 4162–4176, DOI: 10.1002/2015JD024699
Kay, J. E., L'Ecuyer, T., Chepfer, H., Loeb, N., Morrison, A. and G. Cesana (2016), Recent advances in Arctic cloud and climate research, Current Climate Change Reports, 2:159, DOI: 10.1007/s40641-016-0051-9
Palerme, C., Genthon, C., Claud, C., Kay, J. E., Wood, N. B. and T. L'Ecuyer (2016), Evaluation of current and projected Antarctic precipitation in CMIP5 models, Climate Dynamics, DOI 10.1007/s00382-016-3071-1
Stephens, G. L., Haukuba, M. Z., Hawcroft, M., Haywood, J., Behrangi, A, Kay, J. E., and P. J. Webster (2016), The curious nature of the hemispheric symmetry of the Earth's water and energy balances, Current Climate Change Reports, doi:10.1007/s40641-016-0043-9
Favrier, V. et al. including J. E. Kay (2016), Atmospheric drying as the main driver of dramatic glacier wastage in the southern Indian Ocean, Nature Scientific Reports, doi:10.1038/srep32396 CNRS Press Release (in French)
Day, J. et al. including J. E. Kay (2016), The Abisko Polar Prediction School, BAMS, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/BAMS-D-16-0119.1
Baker, A. H. et al. including J. E. Kay (2016), Evaluating Lossy Data Compression on Climate Simulation Data within a Large Ensemble, Geoscientific Model Development, 9, 4381-4403, doi:10.5194/gmd-9-4381-2016
Kay, J. E., Deser, C., Phillips, A., Mai, A., Hannay, C., Strand, G., Arblaster, J., Bates, S., Danabasoglu, G., Edwards, J., Holland, M. Kushner, P., Lamarque, J.-F., Lawrence, D., Lindsay, K., Middleton, A., Munoz, E., Neale, R., Oleson, K., Polvani, L., and M. Vertenstein (2015), The Community Earth System Model (CESM) Large Ensemble Project: A Community Resource for Studying Climate Change in the Presence of Internal Climate Variability, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 96, 1333–1349. doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-13-00255.1.
Matus, A. V., L'Ecuyer, T. S., Kay, J. E., Hannay, C. and J-F. Lamarque, 2015: The Role of Clouds in Modulating Global Aerosol Direct Radiative Effects in Spaceborne Active Observations and the Community Earth System Model. J. Climate, 28, 2986–3003. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/JCLI-D-14-00426.1
Swart, N. C., Fyfe, J. C., Hawkins, E., Kay, J. E., and A. Jahn (2015), Influence of internal variability on Arctic sea-ice trends, Nature Climate Change, 5, 86-89, doi:10.1038/nclimate2483. Press Release Daily Camera Story
Kay, J. E., B. Medeiros, Y.-T. Hwang, A. Gettelman, J. Perket, and M. G. Flanner (2014), Processes controlling Southern Ocean shortwave climate feedbacks in CESM, Geophys. Res. Lett., 41, doi:10.1002/2013GL058315.
English, J. M., Kay, J. E., Gettelman, A., Liu, X., Wang, Y., Zhang, Y. and H. Chepfer, (2014), Contributions of clouds, surface albedos, and mixed-phase ice nucleation schemes to Arctic radiation biases in CAM5, J. Climate, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/JCLI-D-13-00608.1
Palerme, C., Kay, J. E., Genthon, C., L'Ecuyer, T., Wood, N. B., and Claud, C. (2014), How much snow falls on the Antarctic ice sheet?, The Cryosphere, 8, 1577-1587, doi:10.5194/tc-8-1577-2014.
Perket, J., Flanner, M. G. and J. E. Kay (2014), Diagnosing Shortwave Cryosphere Radiative Effect and 21st Century Evolution in CESM, J. Geophys. Res., doi: 10.1002/2013JD021139
Tilmes, S., Lamarque, J.-F., Jahn, A., Kay, J. E. and M. Holland (2014), Can regional climate engineering save the summer Arctic sea ice?, Geophys. Res. Lett., doi: 10.1002/2013GL058731
Kay, J. E. and T. L'Ecuyer (2013), Observational constraints on Arctic Ocean clouds and radiative fluxes during the early 21st century, J. Geophys. Res., 118, doi:10.1002/jgrd.50489.
Brady, E., Otto-Bliesner, B., Kay, J. E., and N. Rosenbloom (2013), Sensitivity to Glacial Forcing in the CCSM4, J. Climate, 26, 1901–1925, doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/JCLI-D-11-00416.1.
Gettelman, A., Kay, J. E., and J. T. Fasullo (2013), Spatial Decomposition of Climate Feedbacks in the Community Earth System Model. J. Climate, 26, 3544–3561, doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/JCLI-D-12-00497.1
Holland, M. M., Blanchard-Wrigglesworth, E., Kay, J., and S. Vavrus (2013), Initial-value predictability of Antarctic sea ice in the Community Climate System Model 3, Geophys Res Lett., 40, 2121–2124, doi:10.1002/grl.50410.
Hurrell, J., Holland, M. M., Gent, P. R , Ghan, S., Kay, J. E., Kushner, P., Lamarque, J-F., Large, W., G., Lawrence, D., Lindsay, K., Lipscomb, W. H., Long, M., Mahowald, N., Marsh, D., Neale, R., Rasch, P., Vavrus, S., Vertenstein, M., Bader, D., Collins, W. D., Hack, J. J., Kiehl, J. and S. Marshall (2013), The Community Earth System Model: A Framework for Collaborative Research, Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/BAMS-D-12-00121.1
Meehl, G., Washington, W. M., Arblaster, J. M., Hu, A., Teng, H., Kay, J. E., Gettelman, A., Lawrence, D. M., Sanderson, B. M., and W. G. Strand (2013), Climate change projections in CESM1(CAM5) compared to CCSM4, J. Climate, doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/JCLI-D-12-00572.1
Sand, M., Berntsen, T. K., Kay, J. E., Lamarque, J. F., Seland, Ø., and A. Kirkevåg (2013), The Arctic response to remote and local forcing of black carbon, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 13, 211-224, doi:10.5194/acp-13-211-2013.
Kay, J. E., Holland, M. M., Bitz, C., Blanchard-Wrigglesworth, E.,Gettelman, A., Conley, A., and D. Bailey (2012), The influence of local feedbacks and northward heat transport on the equilibrium Arctic climate response to increased greenhouse gas forcing in coupled climate models, J. Climate, 25, 5433-5450, doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-11-00622.1
Kay, J. E., Hillman, B., Klein, S., Zhang, Y., Medeiros, B., Gettelman, G., Pincus, R., Eaton, B., Boyle, J., Marchand, R. and T. Ackerman (2012), Exposing global cloud biases in the Community Atmosphere Model (CAM) using satellite observations and their corresponding instrument simulators, J. Climate, 25, 5190-5207, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/JCLI-D-11-00469.1
Cesana, G., Kay, J. E., Chepfer, H., English, J.M., and G. de Boer (2012), Ubiquitous low-level liquid-containing Arctic clouds: New observations and climate model constraints from CALIPSO-GOCCP, Geophys. Res. Lett., 39, L20804, doi:10.1029/2012GL053385.
Gettelman, A., Kay, J. E., and K. Shell (2012), The evolution of climate sensitivity and climate feedbacks in the Community Atmosphere Model, J. Climate, 25, 1453-1469, doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-11-00197.1
de Boer, G., Chapman, W., Kay, J. E., Medeiros, B., and M. D. Shupe (2012), A characterization of the present-day Arctic atmosphere in CCSM4, J. Climate, 25, 2676–2695, doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-11-00228.1
Jahn, A., K. Sterling, M.M. Holland, J.E. Kay, J.A. Maslanik, C.M. Bitz, D.A. Bailey, J. Stroeve, E.C. Hunke, W.H. Lipscomb, D.A. Pollak (2012), Late 20th century simulation of Arctic sea ice and ocean properties in the CCSM4, J. Climate, 25:5, 1431-1452, doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-11-00201.1.
Stroeve, J. C., Serreze, M. C., Holland, M.M., Kay, J. E., Meier, W., and A. P. Barrett (2012), The Arctic's rapidly shrinking sea ice cover: A research synthesis, Climatic Change, 110, 3-4, 1005-1027, doi: 10.1007/s10584-011-0101-1
Bromwich, D. H., Nicolas, J. P., Hines, K., Kay, J. E., Key, E., Lazzara, M., Lubin, D. McFarquhar, G., Adams, N., Gorodetskaya, I., Grosvenor, D. P., Lachlan-Cope, T., and N. Van Lipzig (2012), Tropospheric clouds in Antarctica, Rev. Geophys., 50, RG1004, doi:10.1029/2011RG000363.
Jochum, M., Jahn, A., Peacock, S., Bailey, D., Fasullo, J., Kay, J. E., Levis, S. and B. Otto-Bliesner (2012), True to Milankovitch: Glacial Inception in the new Community Climate System Model, J. Climate, 25:7, 2226-2239, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/JCLI-D-11-00044.1
Raeder, K., Anderson, J. L., Collins, N., Hoar, T. J., Kay, J. E., Lauritzen, P. H., and R. Pincus (2012), DART/CAM: An Ensemble Data Assimilation System for CESM Atmospheric Models, J. Climate, 25, 6304–6317, doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/JCLI-D-11-00395.1
Kay, J. E., Holland, M. M., and A. Jahn (2011), Inter-annual to multi-decadal Arctic sea ice extent trends in a warming world, Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L15708, doi:10.1029/2011GL048008 NSF press release, favorite media coverage including the quote "The Arctic's summer ice coverage could hold its ground or even bounce back slightly, even as global average temperatures rise. But like a Guns 'n' Roses tour, the comeback will be short lived and eventually doomed to disappear."
Kay, J. E., Raeder, K., Gettelman, A. and J. Anderson (2011), The boundary layer response to recent Arctic sea ice loss and implications for high-latitude climate feedbacks, J. Climate, 24, 428-447, doi:10.1175/2010JCLI3651.1
Hwang, Y-T., Frierson, D. W., and J. E. Kay (2011), Coupling between Arctic feedbacks and changes in poleward energy transport, Geophys. Res. Lett.,38,L17704, doi:10.1029/2011GL048546
Medeiros, B., Deser, C. ,Tomas, R. A. and J. E. Kay (2011), Arctic inversion strength in climate models, J. Climate, 24, 4733-4740, doi: 10.1175/2011JCLI3968.1
Kay, J. E. and A. Gettelman (2009), Cloud influence on and response to seasonal Arctic sea ice loss, J. Geophys. Res., 114, D18204, doi:10.1029/2009JD011773
Gettelman, A., P. H. Lauritzen, M. Park, and J. E. Kay (2009), Processes regulating short-lived species in the tropical tropopause layer, J. Geophys. Res., 114, D13303, doi:10.1029/2009JD011785
Kay, J. E., L'Ecuyer, T., Gettelman, A., Stephens, G., and C. O'Dell (2008), The contribution of cloud and radiation anomalies to the 2007 Arctic sea ice extent minimum, Geophys. Res. Lett., 35, L08503, doi:10.1029/2008GL033451
Kay, J. E., and R. Wood (2008), Timescale analysis of aerosol sensitivity during homogeneous freezing and implications for upper tropospheric water vapor budgets, Geophys. Res. Lett., 35, L10809, doi:10.1029/2007GL032628
Kay, J. E., Baker, M., and D. Hegg (2007), Physical controls on orographic cirrus inhomogeneity. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 7, 3771-3781, doi:10.5194/acp-7-3771-2007.
Kay, J. E., Baker, M., and D. Hegg (2006), Microphysical and dynamical controls on cirrus cloud optical depth distributions, J. Geophys. Res.,111,D24205, doi:10.1029/2005JD006916
Kay, J. E., Kampf, S. K., Handcock, R., Cherkauer, K, Gillespie, A. R., and S. J. Burges (2005), Accuracy of lake and stream temperatures estimated from thermal infrared images, Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 41 (5), 1161-1175.
Kay, J. E., Tsemekhman, V., Larsen, B., Baker, M. and B. Swanson (2003), Comment on evidence for surface initiated homogeneous nucleation, Atmos. Phys. Chem., 3, 1439-1443, doi:10.5194/acp-3-1439-2003
Kay, J. E., Gillespie, A. R., Hansen, G. B., and E. Pettit (2003), Spatial relationships between snow contaminant content, grain size, and surface temperature from multispectral images of Mt. Rainier, Washington (USA), Remote Sensing of Environment, 86:2, 216-231.
Cherkauer, K.A., Burges, S.J. , Handcock, R.N., Kay, J. E., Kampf, S.K. and A.R. Gillespie (2005), Assessing satellite-based thermal-infrared remote-sensing for monitoring Pacific Northwest river temperatures, Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 41 (5), 1149-1160.
Handcock, R.N., Gillespie, A. R., Cherkauer, K. A., Kay, J. E., S. J. Burges, and S. K. Kampf (2005), Assessing satellite-based thermal-infrared remote-sensing for monitoring Pacific Northwest river temperatures, Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 41 (5), 1149-1160.
Simonelli, D. P., Kay, J., Adinolfi, D., Veverka, J., Thomas, P. C., and P. Helfenstein (1999), Phoebe: Albedo map and photometric properties, Icarus, 138, 249-258.
The University of Colorado Boulder is a world leader in polar research. Boulder has multiple climate research centers and amazing collaboration opportunities. Working where the Plains meet the Rockies provides a lot of inspiration. We hope you will consider joining us! Below are current opportunities to join our group. We especially welcome scientists with their own research funding. As always, contact us if you have questions or ideas for collaboration.
For prospective undergraduate students: We would be delighted to have you contribute to our group's research. You should have a strong background in computing/math/science. One option is to write a joint research proposal for the University of Colorado's UROP program.
For prospective graduate students: Please apply to graduate school in ATOC and also consider applying for a fellowship: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program, NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship. The Kay group is currently recruiting 1-2 new graduate (Ph.D.) students.
For prospective postdoctoral research fellows: Demonstrating your ability to pursue and fund independent research is especially important. Please let us know if you have an idea for a joint research proposal. In addition, the following fellowships are highly recommended: CIRES Fellowship, NOAA Climate and Global Change Fellowship
- ATOC 7500 - Objective Data Analysis (Spring 2018, Spring 2019)
- ATOC 5600 - Physics and Chemistry of Clouds and Aerosols (Spring 2014, Spring 2016)
- ATOC 1060 - Our Changing Environment (Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Fall 2018)
- ATOC 4500/7500 - Climate Modeling (Fall 2016)
- ATOC 6020 - Graduate Polar Discussion Seminar (Every Fall, Fall 2018 focused on polar modeling)
The Kay Group does Education and Outreach with Polar Bears International. Jen taught an ATOC1060 lecture on polar bears, sea ice, and climate change from Churchill, Manitoba - the polar bear capital of the world. You can watch the lecture on utube here: ATOC1060 from the tundra!
ATOC PH.D. STUDENT
I study the coupled climate system of the Southern Ocean and how this region impacts global climate. My primary interest is cloud feedbacks: how clouds change in response to warming and how those changes can either amplify or damp warming. I also study how Southern Ocean dynamics and sea ice interact with clouds and cloud feedbacks.
ATOC PH.D. STUDENT
My research interest is in the radiative effects of clouds on the general circulation and in the impacts of those effects on the marine biosphere. I also consider the implications of these factors on oceanic carbon and heat sequestration.
I use large ensembles of climate model simulations to understand how climate variability changes in response to greenhouse gas forcing. Specifically, I develop novel tools to quantify and detect this response. I previously also worked on how extratropical cyclonic precipitation changes in a warmer world using cyclone identification and compositing techniques in large ensemble simulations. An emerging research interest is applying machine learning and statistical techniques in climate model ensembles to understand climate extremes in a warmer world and the observational record.