Monica received a BS degree in Atmospheric Sciences from Lanzhou University, China. As an undergraduate, she studied the radiative forcings of ozone and its impact on global precipitation and the aerosol properties in East Asia. For her Ph.D, she will forcus research on climate dynamics and their role in variability and long-term change in the climate system.
Within the Department there is a strong focus on the interactions between the Earth’s surface and its atmosphere. These efforts integrate hydrological, ecological, and meteorological principles to understand the exchange of water, heat, and trace gases between the land and the atmosphere. Much of the interest in these mass and energy fluxes centers on the nonlinear feedback effects between the surface and the atmosphere, and the resulting impacts to the biosphere and atmosphere.
The atmospheric sciences program at U.Va. focuses on relationships between atmospheric processes and the Earth’s biosphere and hydrosphere on a variety of spatial and temporal scales. Areas of specialization within the Department include: synoptic and dynamic climatology; air quality and visibility; atmospheric chemistry; modeling of acid depositions and trace gas transport; mesoscale meteorology and climatology; convective storms; and coastal processes.
Daniel completed a PhD in mathematics at Virginia Tech before switching careers and coming to UVA to study atmospheric sciences with Kevin Grise. His research focuses on large-scale atmospheric circulation features such as the Hadley cells and subtropical high-pressure regions, and the impacts these may have on precipitation in a changing climate.