Student Publications

Publishing is important for survival in science and we find that M.S., Ph.D., and undergraduate students benefit from publishing their research in peer-reviewed journals. The experience of preparing a manuscript, revising it with co-authors, submitting it to a journal, and finally dealing with reviewers' comments, better prepares students for the future. In addition, electronic copies of student theses are available on the Program Graduates page.

Peer-reviewed Publications (Student identified in bold)


  • Bieniek, P. A., U. S. Bhatt, L. A. Rundquist, S. D. Lindsey, X. Zhang, R. L. Thoman, 2011: Large-Scale Climate Controls of Interior Alaska River Ice Breakup. J. Climate, 24, 286–297.


  • Yarker, M.B. , D. PaiMazumder, C.F. Cahill, J. Dehn, A. Prakash, Mölders, N. Mölders, 2010. Theoretical investigations on potential impacts of high-latitude volcanic emissions of heat, aerosols and water vapor and their interactions on clouds and precipitation. The Open Atmospheric Science Journal 4: 24-44.
  • Mölders, N., S.E. Porter, C.F. Cahill, and G.A. Grell, 2010a: Influence of ship emissions on air quality and input of contaminants in southern Alaska national parks and wilderness areas during the 2006 tourist season. Atmospheric Environment, 44, 1400-1413.
  • Mölders, N., S.E. Porter, T.T. Tran, C.F. Cahill, J. Mathis, and G.B. Newby, 2010b: The effect of unregulated ship emissions for aerosol and sulfur dioxide concentrations in southwestern Alaska. North by 2020: Perspectives on a changing north, K. Criddle, H. Eicken, A. Lovecraft, and A. Metzger, Eds., Alaska University Press, 14.
  • S.M. Bourne, U.S. Bhatt, J. Zhang, R. Thoman, 2010. Surface-based temperature inversions in Alaska from a climate perspective, Atmospheric Research, ISSN 0169-8095, DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosres.2009.09.013.


  • Mesquita, M.d.S., D. E. Atkinson, I. Simmonds, K. Keay, and J. Gottschalck. New perspectives on the synoptic development of the severe October 1992 Nome storm. Geophy. Res. Lett. Doi:10. 1029/2009GL038824. (in press, accepted 17 June 2009).
  • Mesquita, M.d.S., Atkinson, D.E., and Hodges, K., 2009. Characteristics and Variability of Storm Track in the North Pacific, Bering Sea and Alaska. Journal of Climate. (accepted).
  • PaiMazumder, D. and Mölders, N., 2009. Theoretical assessment of uncertainty in regional averages due to network density and design. J. Appl. Meteor., 48, 1643-1666.
  • B.Thurairajah, R.L.Collins, and K.Mizutani, 2009. Multi-Year Temperature Measurements of the Middle Atmosphere at Chatanika, AK (65oN, 147oN). Earth Planets Space. 61(6), 755-764.
  • Sassen, K., and J. Zhu, 2009, A Global Survey of CALIPSO Linear Depolarization Ratios in Ice Clouds: Initial Findings, J. Geophys. Res., 114, D001H07, doi:10.1029/2009JD012279.
  • M.J.Taylor, Y.Zhao, P.-D.Pautet, M.J.Nicolls, R.L.Collins, J. Baker-Tvedtness, C.D.Burton, B. Thurairajah, J.Reimuller, R.H.Varney, C.J.Heinselman, and K. Mizutani, 2009. Coordinated Optical and Radar Image Measurements of Noctilucent Clouds and Polar Mesospheric Summer Echoes. J. Atmos. Sol.-Terr. Phys., 71, 675-687.


  • Campbell, J. R., and K. Sassen, Polar Stratospheric Clouds at the South Pole from Five Years of Continuous Lidar Data: Macrophysical, Optical and Thermodynamic Properties, J. Geophys. Res., 113, D20204, doi:10.1029/2007JD009680, 2008.
  • Campbell, J. R, M. Shiobara, 2008. Glaciation of a mixed-phase boundary layer cloud at a coastal arctic site as depicted in continuous lidar measurements. Polar Science 2, 121-127.
  • Campbell, J.R., K. Sassen, and E.J. Welton, 2008: Elevated Cloud and Aerosol Layer Retrievals from Micropulse Lidar Signal Profiles, J. Atmos. Ocean. Technol., 25, 685-700.
  • Li, Z., Bhatt, U.S., Mölders, N., 2008. Impact of doubled CO2 on the interaction between the regional and global water cycle in four study regions. Climate Dynamics, doi 10.1007/s00382-007-0283-4.
  • Li, Z., Mölders, N., 2008. Interaction of impacts of doubling CO2 and changing regional land-cover on evaporation, precipitation, and runoff at global and regional scales. Int. J. Climatol. 28: 1653-1679
  • Mesquita, M.d.S., Kvamstø, N.G., Sorteberg, A. and Atkinson, D.E., 2008.  Climatological Properties of Summertime Extra-Tropical Storm Tracks in the Northern Hemisphere.  Tellus A.
  • Mölders, N., Luijting, H., Sassen, K., 2008. Use of Atmospheric Radiation Measurements program data from Barrow, Alaska, for evaluation and development of snow albedo parameterization. Meteorol. Atmos. Phys. 99: 199-219.
  • R. J. Sica, M.R.M. Izawa, K.A. Walker, C.Boone, S.V. Petelina, P.S. Argall, P. Bernath, G.B. Burns, V. Catoire, R.L.Collins, W.H.Daffer, C.De Clercq, Z.Y.Fan, B.J. Firanski, W.J.R.French, P.Gerard, M. Gerding, J.Granville, J.L.Inis, P.Keckhut, T.Kerzenmacher, A.R.Klekociuk, E.Kyrö, J.C.Lambert, E.J. Llewellyn, G.L.Manney, I.S.McDermid, K.Mizutani, Y.Murayama, C.Piccolo, P.Raspollini, M.Ridolfi, C.Robert, W.Steinbrecht, K.B.Strawbridge, K.Strong, R. Stübi, B. Thurairajah, 2008. Validation of the Atmospheric Chemistry Experiment (ACE) version 2.2 temperature using ground-based and space-borne measurements. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 8.35-62.
  • Wang, L., and K. Sassen, 2008: Wavelet Analysis of Cirrus Multiscale Structures from Lidar Backscattering: A Cirrus Uncinus Complex Case Study. J. Appl. Meteorol. Climatol., 47, 2645-2658


  • Bhatt U.S., J. Zhang, W.V. Tangborn, and C.S. Lingle, L. Phillips, 2007. Examining Glacier Mass Balances with a Hierarchical Modeling Approach, Computing in Science and Engineering, 9 (2), 61-67.
  • PaiMazumder, D., Miller, J., Li, Z., Walsh, J.E., Etringer, A., McCreight, J., Zhang, T., Mölders, N., 2007. Evaluation of Community Climate System Model soil temperatures using observations from Russia. Theor. Appl. Climatol., doi 10.1007/s00704-007-0350-0.


  • Narapusetty, B., Mölders, N., 2006. Evaluation of the soil module of HTSVS by observations and a theoretically advanced numerical scheme. Mon. Wea. Rev., 134: 2927-2942.
  • Polyakova E.I. , A.G. Journel, I.V. Polyakov, and U.S. Bhatt, 2006. Changing relationship between the North Atlantic Oscillation and key North Atlantic climate parameters, Geophys. Res. Lett., 33, L03711, doi:10.1029/2005GL024573.
  • Sassen, K., Zhu, J., Webley, P.W., Dean, K and P. Cobb (2006).  Volcanic Ash Plume Identification Using Polarization Lidar: Augustine Eruption, Alaska.  Geophysical Research Letteres 34, (8) doi: 10.1029/2006GL027237


  • Mölders, N., Jankov, M., Kramm, G. 2005. Application of Gaussian error propagation principles for theoretical assessment of model uncertainty in simulated soil processes caused by thermal and hydraulic parameters. J. Hydrometeorol., 6, 1045-1062.
  • Murray, C., and J. Walsh, 2005. A model ensemble assessment of the enhancement of Arctic warming by sea ice retreat. Scientific Online Letters Atmosphere, 1, 24-27.
  • Narapusetty, B., Mölders, N., 2005. Evaluation of snow depth and soil temperature predicted by the Hydro-Thermodynamic Soil Vegetation Scheme (HTSVS) coupled with the PennState/NCAR Mesoscale Meteorological Model (MM5). J. Appl. Meteor., 44, 1827-1843.
  • Sassen, K., J. R. Campbell, J. Zhu, P. Kollias, M. Shupe and C. Williams, Lidar and Triple-Wavelength Doppler Radar Measurements of the Melting Layer: A Revised Model for Dark and Bright Band Phenomena, Journal of Applied Meteorology, Vol. 44, Mar. 2005, pp301-312


  • Mölders, N., and M.A. Olson, 2004. Impact of urban effects on precipitation in high latitudes. J. Hydrometeor., 5, 409-429.


  • Collins, R.L., M.C. Kelley, M.J. Nicolls, C. Ramos, T. Hou, T.E. Stern, K. Mizutani and T. 2003. Itabe, Simultaneous Lidar Observations of a Noctilucent Cloud and an Internal Wave in the Polar Mesosphere, J. Geophys. Res., 108D8, 8435.
  • Sassen, K., J. Zhu, and S. Benson, Midlatitude cirrus cloud climatology from the Facility for Atmospheric Remote Sensing: IV. Optical displays. Applied Optics, vol.42, No.3, 20 Jan. 2003, pp332-341.