Patrick Y. Chuang

DivisionPhysical & Biological Sciences
DepartmentPBSci-Earth & Planetary Sciences Department,
Institute of Marine Sciences
Web Site My website
OfficeEarth and Marine Sciences A254,
Lab: Earth and Marine Sciences C348
Campus Mail StopEarth and Planetary Sciences
MailEarth and Planetary Sciences
Santa Cruz, CA
Patrick Y. Chuang

Research Interests

My research group's main interests are in the interaction among aerosols, clouds and climate. Aerosols and clouds are important to a number of key climate processes, such as precipitation, the Earth's energy balance, biogeochemical cycles, and atmospheric transport. They are also amongst the most poorly understood, and thus pose serious limitations on our ability to predict how Earth's climate may change in the future.

My group focuses on conducting observations of aerosols and clouds, both in the field and in the laboratory, although we do make use of computer models as well. One of the primary limitations in understanding these scientific issues is the lack of observational data. Therefore, we devote some of our effort to developing new instruments in order to make novel or improved measurements of aerosols and clouds. Observations are often conducted as part of large organized projects, and we participate in both aircraft and ground-based measurement campaigns.

If you would like to learn more, please check out my website, send me an email, or drop by my office.

Biography, Education and Training

B. Sc., Chemical Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
M. Sc., Ph. D., Environmental Engineering Science, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA