Featured DRI Graduate Students

Farnaz Hosseinpour, May 2013 Featured DRI Graduate Student

may-featured-grad-farnaz-hosseinpourMeet Farnaz Hosseinpour, a Ph.D. student working on climate modeling and simulation in DRI’s Atmospheric Sciences division. She’s using an ensemble of NASA satellite datasets to explore relationships between interactive-aerosol forcing and planetary-scale climatic responses. 

What brought you to DRI?

farnaz1-thbI received my B.S. in Physics from Beheshti University in Tehran, Iran and my M.S. in Meteorology from the University of Tehran. My diverse research and educational background provided a desire to continue my Ph.D. work at an institution with a wide range of research works in the field of Atmospheric Sciences. I learned of DRI’s Atmospheric Science Program and scientists through their published papers and research work, which provided me with motivation to conduct my Ph.D. research studies at DRI. Dr. Michael Kaplan strongly encouraged me to apply for DRI’s Ph.D. program in the Fall of 2011. Shortly after in August of 2011, I came to the United States to work at DRI, accompanied to my 10 year-old son.

What are you studying? What research projects are you working on? And who at DRI are you working with?

farnaz2-thbI started my Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science as a part of a NASA biomass burning research project, through which I had the pleasure to working with Dr. Eric Wilcox. I am especially interested in the field of global warming, climate change and variability, and my current research project focuses on complex non-linear interactions and feedbacks between African aerosol and large-scale dynamics. Using an ensemble of NASA satellite datasets including MERRA, MODIS, SeaWIFS, COGART aerosol climatology, as well as CESM experiments, we are aiming to explore with detail the mechanistic relationships between interactive-aerosol forcing and the planetary-scale climatic responses. The results of such an analysis can help modeling experiments improve the simulations of climate change by applying better parameterizations regarding African interactive-aerosol-climate variability, which are also immensely important for tropical to mid-latitude weather forecasts.

What are your short-term and long-term goals while at DRI?

farnaz3-thbI have a strong commitment toward advancing current understanding of the field of Atmospheric Science and mitigating atmospheric hazards, combined with a genuine passion in my research work. I am determined to contribute the most to the field with the hope of turning atmospheric disasters into knowledge. I understand and am aware of the hard work and perseverance required; but, based upon what I have witnessed they are far less than the hardships of the harrowing results of atmospheric disasters. Hence, I am fully prepared to face and challenge them.

Tell us about yourself. What do you do for fun?

Since my childhood I have had a strong aptitude for art. I love my style in painting and enjoy playing piano, as well as outdoor activities. I’m involved in other activities which directly or indirectly address my social and professional goals. I enjoy teaching immensely, and it is one of my greatest pleasures.

What problem in the world would you like to solve? And if given the chance and unlimited resources, how would you go about solving it?

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