Elin McIlhattan

PhD Candidate
PhD Topic: 
Arctic Energy Balance and Climate Change
MS Topic: 
Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences
Second MS Topic: 
Polymers and Coatings Chemistry
BS Major: 
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. 


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]

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