Elin McIlhattan

PhD Candidate
PhD Topic: 
Arctic Energy Balance and Climate Change
2016
MS Topic: 
Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences
2007
Second MS Topic: 
Polymers and Coatings Chemistry
2006
BS Major: 
Chemistry
Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Room 1339
1225 West Dayton Street
Madison, WI 53706
Student Bio: 

My research looks at cloud properties in the polar regions and their impact on surface radiation balance. I use CloudSat data products to examine observed relationships between cloud phase, precipitation, surface conditions, and radiation. I am in the process of comparing these observations to the Community Earth System Model (CESM) Large Ensemble project, as well as ground-based observations.  I enjoy field work as well, and have endeavored to make it a large part of my graduate years. I was very happy to be able to join the Antarctic Meteorological Research Center (AMRC) for the 2014-15 field season in Antarctica, repairing and installing Automatic Weather Stations. I also went to Namibia in September 2016 with the NASA ORACLES campaign as part of the APR3 instrument team. 

Publications

McIlhattan, E. A., T. S. L’Ecuyer, and N. B. Miller, 2017: Observational Evidence Linking Arctic Supercooled Liquid Cloud Biases in CESM to Snowfall Processes. Journal of Climate, 30, 4477-4495 doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-16-0666.1 [Download]

Research Highlights