Bessel research awardee Philip Stier at MPI-M

Prof. Philip Stier © MPI-M

Prof. Philip Stier © MPI-M

Prof. Philip Stier, Professor of Atmospheric Physics at the University of Oxford and currently guest at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M), was selected by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to receive the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award. Award winners are honored for their outstanding research record and invited to spend a period of up to one year cooperating on a long-term research project with specialist colleagues at a research institution in Germany.

His host at MPI-M is Prof. Bjorn Stevens, Director in the department "The Atmosphere in the Earth System". Prof. Stier’s initial visit to the institute will be from May until July 2018 and continue through follow up visits at dates to be determined.

Professor Stier studies how fine particulate matter (aerosol) interacts with clouds to influence the climate system. He has made pioneering contributions to the development and application of global aerosol models to assess how humans, by changing the aerosol burden, influence Earth’s climate. He developed the global aerosol model HAM (Stier et al., 2005) and has been a leader of community initiatives to develop a more critical understanding of how models represent aerosol-climate interactions. His recent work has increasingly emphasized observations, where he leads efforts to compile and synthesize data from disperse measurements of important cloud and aerosol microphysical properties, and has been making innovative use of satellite data to better understand and track deep convection in the tropics.

At MPI-M, Prof. Stier will work with researchers to apply a new generation of models, ones which more fundamentally represent cloud processes, to the study of aerosols, clouds and climate. Prof. Stevens: “Prof. Stier will join the institute as a Bessel Fellow with the idea of advancing the use of storm and large-eddy resolving simulations, of the type featured in the institute project “Sapphire”, to study aerosol cloud processes. We also look forward to involving Prof. Stier in the planning of the forthcoming EUREC4A field study, and benefitting from his insights into the application of data from the Barbados Cloud Observatory.”

 

Further information:
Webpage of Prof. Dr. Philip Stier
About the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award

 

Contact:
Prof. Dr. Bjorn Stevens
Max Planck Institute for Meteorology
Phone: +49 40 41173 422 (Assistant Angela Gruber)
Email: bjorn.stevens@we dont want spammpimet.mpg.de