Sara Morris

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Position

Research Physical Scientist

Team

Polar Observations and Processes

Affiliation

NOAA

Contact

(303) 497-4453

sara.morris@noaa.gov

About

In my current position as a Research Physical Scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), I have developed a number of specialty areas: 1) Arctic ground heat fluxes as a critical component of the surface energy budget, of which spatial and temporal analysis of the ground heat flux demonstrates the impact of the term on Arctic melt, 2) research in ice mitigation strategies for Arctic instrumentation, specifically broadband radiometers, to investigate the impact of data lost in Polar Regions due to harsh weather conditions. Co-leading the De-Icing Comparison Experiment (D-ICE), my research focuses on improvements to radiation instrumentation capturing measurements in harsh Arctic environments, so that the scientific community can better account for discrepancies in the radiative term of the surface energy budget, 3) Arctic radiation budgets and the collection and processing of climate grade data sets, 4) research into the spatial and annual variability of Arctic black carbon, and 5) spatial and annual variability of ozone depletion events.

I participate in weather and climate research community outreach through my role as facilitator and collaborator of the six science working groups of the International Arctic Systems for Observing the Atmosphere (IASOA) consortium, while facilitating international Arctic working group discussions related to key Arctic climate science questions (/iasoa/science2). Additionally, as the current US Coordinator for the Multi-disciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAiC) expedition (https://www.mosaic-expedition.org/), I facilitate Arctic climate science by coordinating the development and field deployment of remote flux stations to measure all components of the surface energy budget on the sea-ice. Similarly, as US Coordinator, I facilitate surface energy budget science, data science and logistical efforts while participating as a member of the Central Communications Management Unit (CCMU).

Research Interests

  • Ground Heat Flux
  • Global Radiation
  • Cold-hardening of Arctic Instrumentation
  • Arctic Data and Project Management
  • Arctic Surface Energy Budgets

Education

  • B.A., Environmental Science w/ Emphasis in Climate, University of Colorado Boulder, May 2010
  • M.A., Physical Geography w/ Arctic Emphasis, University of Colorado Boulder, May 2018

Selected Publications

  • Cox, C., ..., S. Morris, et al. (2020), The De-Icing Comparison Experiment (D-ICE): A study of broadband radiometric measurements under icing conditions in the Arctic, Atmos. Meas. Tech. In-review.
  • Yang, X., ..., S. Morris, et al. (2020), Pan-Arctic surface ozone: modelling vs measurements. Atmos. Chem. Phys. https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-2019-984
  • Eckhardt, S., ..., Crepinsek, S., et al. (2015), Current model capabilities for simulating black carbon and sulfate concentrations in the Arctic atmosphere: a multi-model evaluation using a comprehensive measurement data set. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15 10425-10477, doi: 10.5194/acpd-15-10425-2015
  • Uttal, T., ..., S. Crepinsek, et al. (2014), International Arctic Systems for Observing the Atmosphere (IASOA): An International Polar Year Legacy Consortium. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc.,
  • Evangeliou, N., ..., S. Crepinsek, et al. (2016), Wildfires in northern Eurasia affect the budget of black carbon in the Arctic – a 12-year retrospective synopsis (2002–2013), Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16(12), 7587-7604.

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