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Student Profile
Benjamin Johnson
Hilo, Hawaii
3106 Jull
UMD: BS, Physics; MS, Atmospheric & Oceanic Science;
Dr. James Carton
Research Interests

My first exposure to climate research was an internship at GFDL in Princeton, NJ as part of the NOAA Hollings Program. I spent the summer studying meridional energy transports in general circulation models under the guidance of my research mentor, Dr. Isaac Held. I learned a tremendous amount from him and the experience galvanized my interest in studying the Earth's climate.

Upon graduation, I was fortunate enough to be hired by Dr. Daniel Kirk-Davidoff to work on the CLARREO satellite, which will be launched in the "first-tier" of NASA's Earth Observing Decadal Survey missions to further our understanding of the climate system and climate change.

We spent a year working to determine the optimal orbital trajectories and observation strategy to achieve CLARREO's mission of measuring the Earth's brightness temperature precisely enough to detect climate change on a regional scale. Based on the guidance provided by President Obama's budget for NASA, CLARREO is slated for launch in 2017.

For my PhD research I work with Dr. James Carton studying polar climate, most notably sea ice. We are currently implementing NCAR's Community Earth System Model on a supercomupting cluster here at UMD.


For my Python programming website, please visit www.pyearth.org.

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