Karen M. Shell     



I do not currently have funding for a student to start Fall 2014, but I may be willing to advise a student with her or his own funding. Email me, and I will let you know if funding becomes available in the meantime. I am currently focused on the following projects:

Arctic sea ice. State-of-the-art climate models are not able to replicate the observed decrease in Arctic sea ice. We use climate models and observations to improve the representation of sea ice in climate models in order to improve sea ice (and global climate) projections for future decades. (Project with Dr. Eric Skyllingstad)

Climate sensitivity. Climate models and satellite observations are used to understand feedbacks within the climate system and the response to changes in atmospheric constituents (such as carbon dioxide). By comparing these feedbacks in state-of-the-art climate models (those used for the Intergovernmental Program on Climate Change projections of future climate) to feedbacks in observations, we can improve climate models and reduce uncertainty about future climate change.

Please see the Atmospheric Science graduate program web site for information about the program in general and other graduate student openings.

All of the work I do is computationally intensive, so I am interested in applicants with strong physics/math backgrounds, as well as previous computer programming or data analysis experience.

Most of my projects can also involve undergraduate students (over the summer or during the year). If you are interested, let me know.

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