Rick Russotto
Graduate Student, University of Washington, Department of Atmospheric Sciences
 

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About

Hello! I am a graduate student in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle. I have been here since September 2012. I am generally interested in the interactions between clouds, radiation and climate. My current Ph.D. work deals with these problems in a geoengineering context.


Peer-Reviewed Publications

Russotto, R.D., T.P. Ackerman, and D.R. Durran (2016). Sensitivity of thin cirrus clouds in the tropical tropopause layer to ice crystal shape and radiative absorption. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 121, 2955-2972, doi: 10.1002/2015JD024413; webpage with code and model output

Russotto, R.D., T. Storelvmo, and R.B. Smith (2013). Modeling aerosol activation in a tropical, orographic, island setting: Sensitivity tests and comparison with observations. Atmospheric Research, 134, 12-23, doi: 10.1016/j.atmosres.2013.07.017


In the Pipeline

Smyth, J.E., R.D. Russotto, and T. Storelvmo. Thermodynamic and dynamic responses of the hydrological cycle to solar dimming. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, manuscript in revision; link to discussion paper

Lenferna, A., R. Russotto, A. Tan, S. Gardiner, and T. Ackerman. An Ethical and Scientific Overview of Stratospheric Sulfate Injection Testing. Earth's Future, manuscript in revision.

Russotto, R.D., T.P. Ackerman, and D.M.W. Frierson. Effects of solar geoengineering on meridional energy transport and tropical precipitation. Draft manuscript written, to be submitted to Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics.

Ackerman, T.P., R.D. Russotto, and B. Kravitz. A Possible Strategy for the Use of Solar Climate Engineering. Draft manuscript written, to be submitted to Nature Climate Change.


Theses

Russotto, Rick (2015). The Effects of Ice Crystal Shape on the Evolution of Optically Thin Cirrus Clouds in the Tropics. Master's thesis, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA. PDF

Russotto, Rick (2012). Microphysical Modeling of Cloud Droplet Activation over Dominica. Senior thesis, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA. PDF


Presentations

Effects of Solar Geoengineering on Meridional Energy Transport and the ITCZ. American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, USA, 24 January 2017 (upcoming).

Session Introduction: Atmosphere: Dynamics, Clouds, and Chemistry. 10th Graduate Climate Conference, Pack Forest, WA, USA, 30 October 2016.

The Effects of Ice Crystal Shape on the Evolution of Optically Thin Cirrus Clouds in the Tropics. Atmospheric and Climate Dynamics Seminar Series, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA, 15 January 2015.

Effects of non-spherical ice crystal shape on modeled properties of thin Tropical Tropopause Layer cirrus. NASA ATTREX Science Team Meeting, Boulder, CO, USA, 21 October 2014.


Posters

Russotto, R.D., T.P. Ackerman, and D.M.W. Frierson. Effects of Solar Geoengineering on Meridional Energy Transport and the ITCZ. AGU 2016 Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, USA, December 2016.

Russotto, R.D., T.P. Ackerman, and D.M.W. Frierson. Effects of Solar Geoengineering on Meridional Energy Transport and Tropical Precipitation. 10th Graduate Climate Conference, Pack Forest, WA, USA, October 2016.

Russotto, R.D., T.P. Ackerman, and B. Kravitz. A Strategy for the Use of Solar Climate Engineering. 6th GeoMIP Workshop, Oslo, Norway, June 2016.

Russotto, R.D., T.P. Ackerman, B. Kravitz, and S.F. Potter. Global Climate Model Simulations of a Temporary Solar Climate Engineering Deployment. 9th Graduate Climate Conference, Woods Hole, MA, USA, November 2015.

Russotto, R.D., T.P. Ackerman, and D.R. Durran. Sensitivity of Thin Tropical Cirrus Clouds to Ice Crystal Shape and Radiative Absorption. Gordon Research Conference on Radiation and Climate, Lewiston, ME, USA, July 2015.

Russotto, R.D., T.P. Ackerman, and D.R. Durran. Sensitivity of Thin Tropical Cirrus Clouds to Ice Crystal Shape and Radiative Absorption. Composition and Transport in the Tropical Troposphere and Lower Stratosphere Meeting, Boulder, CO, USA, July 2015.

Russotto, R.D., T. Storelvmo, and R.B. Smith. Factors Controlling Droplet Concentration and Size Distribution in Clouds over Dominica. AGU 2011 Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, USA, December 2011.

Russotto, R.D., R.A. Holman, J. Stanley, and M.L. Palmsten. Determination of Nearshore Surface Slope Field and Wave Heights Using Optical Polarimetry. AGU 2010 Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, USA, December 2010.


ADVISORS

Prof. Thomas Ackerman (M.S. and Ph.D.)

Prof. Dale Durran (M.S.)

Prof. Trude Storelvmo (B.S.)
 

EDUCATION

B.S., Geology and Geophysics, Yale University, 2012

M.S., Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington, 2015

Ph.D., Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington, in progress