Earth & Planetary Sciences Faculty

Patrick Y. Chuang
  • Title
    • Professor
  • Division Physical & Biological Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Earth & Planetary Sciences Department
    • Institute of Marine Sciences
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Earth & Marine Sciences, A254
    • Lab: Earth and Marine Sciences C348
  • Mail Stop Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Mailing Address
    • Earth and Planetary Sciences
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Climate Change, Atmospheric Science

Summary of Expertise

Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry

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