Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan

Climate & Space Features

  • Dr. Justin Edmondson Gives Solar Eclipse Presentation to U-M Football Team
  • Professor Rood Authors Article on Climate Change Debate in The Conversation
  • Professor Rood Discusses Climate-Driven Human Migration in National Geographic
  •  NASA Funds Concept Study for Science Mission Proposal from Professor Kasper
  •  Department Chair Position in the Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering


Mary Morris

Mary Morris came to Climate & Space as a graduate student, and went on to earn her Ph.D in December of 2016. While at CLaSP, Mary worked on high-profile NASA missions such as HIRad and CYGNSS. She is currently working as a postdoctoral scholar for Dr. Shannon Brown at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where she is developing algorithms for a satellite-based radiometer called the Compact Ocean Wind Vector Radiometer (COWVR) due to launch in 2018.

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Atmosperic Rivers

Atmospheric rivers are global scale moisture transport systems that drive the majority of moisture redistribution from the tropics to higher latitudes. These systems of transport are highly important in connection with the replenishment of water resources in many areas around the world. However, they are also influenced by climate change. Extreme weather events such as severe flooding and high winds are now found to be associated with atmospheric rivers. CLaSP President's Postdoctoral fellow Ashley Payne has developed a series of animations that have enabled her to understand what creates an intense atmospheric river before its impact, with the goal of better representing them in climate models so that water resource managers can be better prepared for these events.