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


Mark Flanner
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Mark Flanner

Associate Professor

Office: 2527B Space Research Building
Phone: (734) 615-3605
Fax: (734) 763-0437
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Ph.D., Earth System Science, University of California at Irvine
B.S., Biomedical Engineering, University of Wisconsin


  • Cryosphere-climate interaction and feedback
  • Climate forcing by black carbon
  • Radiative transfer
  • Snowpack microphysics
  • Ice sheet energy balance
  • Climate model development

Honors, Awards and Accomplishments

  • AGU Editor's Citation for Excellence in Refereeing Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres (2014)
  • NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award (2013)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Advanced Study Program, National Center for Atmospheric Research (2007-2009)
  • NASA Earth System Science Graduate Student Fellowship (2005)
  • Outstanding Student Presentation Award (oral), AGU Fall Meeting (2005)


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Selected Publications: 

Jiao C., and M. G. Flanner (2016), Changing black carbon transport to the Arctic from present day to the end of 21st century, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 121, doi:10.1002/2015JD023964.

Sand, M., T. K. Berntsen, K. von Salzen, M. G. Flanner, J. Langner, and D. G. Victor (2016), Response of Arctic temperature to changes in emissions of short-lived climate forcers, Nature Clim. Change, 6, 286-290, doi: 10.1038/nclimate2880.

Singh, D., M. G. Flanner, J. Perket (2015), The global land shortwave cryosphere radiative effect during the MODIS era, The Cryosphere, 9, 2057-2070, doi:10.5194/tc-9-2057-2015.

Flanner, M. G., A. S. Gardner, S. Eckhardt, A. Stohl (2014), Aerosol radiative forcing from the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruptions, J. Geophys. Res., 119, doi: 10.1002/2014JD021977.

Perket, J., M. G. Flanner, and J. E. Kay (2014), Diagnosing shortwave cryosphere radiative effect and its 21st century evolution in CESM, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 119, 1356–1362, doi:10.1002/2013JD021139.

Jiao, C., Flanner, M. G., Balkanski, Y., Bauer, S. E., Bellouin, N., Berntsen, T. K., Bian, H., Carslaw, K. S., Chin, M., De Luca, N., Diehl, T., Ghan, S. J., Iversen, T., Kirkevåg, A., Koch, D., Liu, X., Mann, G. W., Penner, J. E., Pitari, G., Schulz, M., Seland, Ø., Skeie, R. B., Steenrod, S. D., Stier, P., Takemura, T., Tsigaridis, K., van Noije, T., Yun, Y., and Zhang, K. (2014), An AeroCom assessment of black carbon in Arctic snow and sea ice, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 14, 2399-2417, doi:10.5194/acp-14-2399-2014.

Painter, T. H., M. G. Flanner, G. Kaser, B. Marzeion, R. A. VanCuren, and W. Abdalati (2013), End of the Little Ice Age in the Alps forced by industrial black carbon, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., doi: 10.1073/pnas.1302570110

Bond, T. C., S. J. Doherty, D. W. Fahey, P. M. Forster, T. Berntsen, B. J. DeAngelo, M. G. Flanner, S. Ghan, B. Kärcher, D. Koch, S. Kinne, Y. Kondo, P. K. Quinn, M. C. Sarofim, M. G. Schultz, M. Schulz, C. Venkataraman, H. Zhang, S. Zhang, N. Bellouin, S. K. Guttikunda, P. K. Hopke, M. Z. Jacobson, J. W. Kaiser, Z. Klimont, U. Lohmann, J. P. Schwarz, D. Shindell, T. Storelvmo, S. G. Warren, and C. S. Zender (2013), Bounding the role of black carbon in the climate system: A scientific assessment, J. Geophys. Res., 118, 5380–5552, doi: 10.1002/jgrd.50171.

Flanner, M. G. (2013), Arctic climate sensitivity to local black carbon, J. Geophys. Res., 118, 1840–1851, doi:10.1002/jgrd.50176.

Qian, Y., Flanner, M. G., Leung, L. R., and Wang, W. (2011), Sensitivity studies on the impacts of Tibetan Plateau snowpack pollution on the Asian hydrological cycle and monsoon climate, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11, 1929-1948, doi:10.5194/acp-11-1929-2011.

Flanner, M. G., K. M. Shell, M. Barlage, D. K. Perovich, and M. A. Tschudi (2011) Radiative forcing and albedo feedback from the Northern Hemisphere cryosphere between 1979 and 2008, Nature Geosci., 4, 151-155, doi: 10.1038/ngeo1062.

Doughty, C. E., M. G. Flanner, and M. L. Goulden (2010) Effect of smoke on sub-canopy shaded light, canopy temperature, and carbon dioxide uptake in an Amazon rainforest, Global Biogeochem. Cycles, 24, GB3015, doi:10.1029/2009GB003670.

Flanner, M. G., C. S. Zender, P. G. Hess, N. M. Mahowald, T. H. Painter, V. Ramanathan, and P. J. Rasch (2009), Springtime warming and reduced snow cover from carbonaceous particles, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 9, 2481-2497.

Flanner, M. G. (2009), Integrating anthropogenic heat flux with global climate models, Geophys. Res. Lett., 36, L02801, doi:10.1029/2008GL036465.

McConnell, J. R., R. Edwards, G. L. Kok, M. G. Flanner, C. S. Zender, E. S. Saltzman, J. R. Banta, D. R. Pasteris, M. M. Carter, and J. D. W. Kahl (2007), 20th Century industrial black carbon emissions altered Arctic climate forcing, Science, 317, 1381-1384.

Flanner, M. G., C. S. Zender, J. T. Randerson, and P. J. Rasch (2007), Present day climate forcing and response from black carbon in snow, J. Geophys. Res., 112, D11202, doi: 10.1029/2006JD008003.

Randerson, J. T., H. Liu, M. G. Flanner, S. D. Chambers, Y. Jin, P. G. Hess, G. Pfister, M. C. Mack, K. K. Treseder, L. R. Welp, F. S. Chapin, J. W. Harden, M. L. Goulden, E. Lyons, J. C. Neff, E. A. G. Schuur and C. S. Zender (2006), The impact of boreal forest fire on climate warming, Science, 314, 1130-1132.

Updated: 2018-09-24