The rate of warming in the tropics due to natural and anthropogenic warming increases with height. The atmosphere therefore warms more than the surface. This well-understood phenomenon is seen in both observations and models and is important because it acts as a feedback to reduce the magnitude of global surface warming. In comparing global climate model simulations with satellite observations of atmospheric warming, some discrepancies in the magnitude and vertical structure have been noted. My research involves working with both climate model simulations and satellite data to help resolve these differences.

stephen po-chedley is a graduate student at the university of washington studying climate change


I went to Union College where I received a B.S. in Physics with minors in Environmental Science and Mathematics. I’m now at the University of Washington in Seattle in the Fu Research group (Department of Atmospheric Sciences). The group focuses on radiative transfer, remote sensing, and climate change. In my fifth year, I am now supported as an IGERT Ocean Change Trainee. It is my hope that I can apply our physical understanding of climate change in a way that is meaningful to people and development efforts.


I am from Buffalo, New York.  Outside of climate science, I am also very interested in public health and have spent time volunteering for Engeye Health both in the US and in Uganda. I also spent 2013 - 2014 working with Partners in Health/Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo in Malawi as a Medical Informatics Advisor. I enjoyed employing the technical and analytical skills I have learned in climate science toward understanding and improving global health concerns.

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