13th Annual Earth System and Space Science Poster Conference

Friday, December 6, 2019

SEEC Auditorium (C120)


This free conference highlights work by students and postdoctoral scientists conducting research in Earth System & Planetary Science and Space Physics & Engineering. Participants and visitors from CU departments and research institutes, as well as other Front Range schools and organizations, are encouraged to participate. Feel free to download the flyer (click to enlarge) and post it in your department or institute.


The registration deadline is Friday, November 15, 2019. In order to register, please provide a title for your presentation and your personal information. An abstract is not required. For planning purposes, please register even if you are not presenting a poster. A link to register for the conference can be found herePlease indicate on the signup sheet whether you are participating in the poster competition. The registration desk will open at 9:30am in front of the auditorium on the day of the poster conference.  Please check in at the registration desk when you arrive to receive your name badge.


A preliminary version of the program for the two poster sessions with poster number assignments can be found here.

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM                       Registration Desk Open

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM                     Keynote Talk - Russ Schumacher (Colorado State Univ.): "Advances and challenges in the understanding and prediction of extreme rainfall"

11:30 AM – 11:45 AM                     Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for the ATOC Climate and Weather Collaboratory

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM                       Poster Session I: (A) Atmospheric Chemistry, (B) Synoptic and Mesoscale Meteorology, (C) Oceanography and Large-Scale Dynamics

1:15 PM – 2:30 PM                         Poster Session II: (D) Aerosols, Clouds, and Precipitation, (E) Boundary Layer and Wind Energy, (F) Snow and Ice

Refreshments will be served before the keynote talk and during the poster session.

Student Award for Best Poster Presentation

The best overall poster presentation will be awarded $200. In addition, we will choose a winner for the each of the following science categories: (A) Atmospheric Chemistry; (B) Synoptic and Mesoscale Meteorology; (C) Oceanography and Large-Scale Dynamics; (D) Aerosols, Clouds, & Precipitation; (E) Boundary Layer and Wind Energy; (F) Snow and Ice. We will also recognize the best overall poster presented by an undergraduate student! The judging procedures and rubric that will be used during this year's poster competition can be viewed here.

2019 Award Winners:

Best Overall Poster – Jessica Tomaszewski (CU/ATOC): "Wind farms can modify thunderstorm outflow boundaries"

Best Undergraduate Poster – Taydra Low (CU/ATOC/CIRES): "Evaluation of snow height in comparison to precipitation observations for the Northwest Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica"

Best Undergraduate Poster Katherine Vega (CU/ATOC/CIRES): "Broad scale synoptic weather patterns and extremely low temperatures in the Antarctica Plateau"

A: Atmospheric Chemistry – Jennifer Berry (CU/CIRES/Chem): "The influence of gas-phase chemistry on organic haze formation"

B: Synoptic and Mesoscale Meteorology – Robinson Wallace (CU/ATOC): "The lightning and dual-polarization radar characteristics of three hail accumulating thunderstorms"

C: Oceanography and Large-Scale Dynamics – Xiaoning Wu (NCAR/SUNY Stony Brook): "Tropical cyclones and ocean heat transport in a simplified climate model"

D: Aerosols, Clouds, and Precipitation – Margot Clyne (ATOC/LASP): "Including aerosols in photorate calculations in CESM2 for volcano simulations"

E: Boundary Layer and Wind Energy – Nick Luchetti (CU/ATOC): "Evaluating thunderstorm downdrafts in complex terrain"

F: Snow and Ice – Devon Dunmire (CU/ATOC): "Machine learning methods for detecting Antarctica's hidden water"

SEEC Parking MapLocation

The CU Boulder SEEC (MacAllister) building is located on the northwest corner of Colorado Avenue and Foothills Parkway. You can find information on “Getting Here” at https://seec.colorado.edu. From main campus, the Stampede Bus will drop off on the west side (towards the mountain) of the building. There is guest parking in Lot 550 (see map to the left) on the southwest side of the building. Visitors and presenters from the Boulder research labs and from out of town, please contact Andrew Winters (andrew.c.winters@colorado.edu) for a parking pass.

Poster Boards and Setup

The maximum poster size allowed is 48" x 48".  Tacks will be provided at the conference.  We encourage all presenters to hang up their posters before the keynote talk at 10:30am.


Breakfast and lunch will be served at the poster conference in the poster hall, and refreshments will be served throughout the day.