Laura Fierce


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Brookhaven National Laboratory

Environmental and Climate Sciences Department


Laura Fierce is a NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Environmental and Climate Sciences at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Her research focuses on developing new frameworks for simulating atmospheric aerosols in climate and air quality models. Aerosols affect the Earth’s radiative balance and, hence, climate, by scattering and absorbing solar radiation, by altering the lifetime and radiative properties of clouds, and by decreasing the reflectivity of ice and snow. These aerosol radiative effects depend on the characteristics of individual particles, which exist in the atmosphere in concentrations as high as millions of particles per cubic centimetre, with each particle having its own characteristics. Dr. Fierce is applying new computational methods to represent key particle characteristics in large-scale atmospheric models. Dr. Fierce received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (2009), M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering (2011), and Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering (2015) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.