Name: Marina Astitha
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Civil & Environmental Engineering
Personal/Lab Website: http://airmg.uconn.edu/
Program/Department Website: http://www.engr.uconn.edu/cee/people/facultymembers/19-people/faculty/78-marina.html
Office Telephone: (860) 486-3941
Dr. Astitha’s recent research efforts have focused on the aerosol effects on atmospheric dynamics and the climate using atmospheric modeling systems of varying complexity. The research is focused on the following areas: 1) Aerosol-cloud-radiation interactions in regional and global scale: modeling direct and indirect effects of aerosols has proven an important aspect for the accurate prediction of atmospheric conditions in regional and global scales. 2) Anthropogenic influence to extreme weather events: changes in atmospheric composition can significantly alter the spatiotemporal distribution of precipitation. Certain combinations of air quality and atmospheric conditions are likely to trigger flood events or, in contrary, to suppress rainfall. 3) Global desert dust distribution: desert dust is an important atmospheric constituent, given its potential to affect air quality, nutrient deposition and climate. Regional and global models are tools in the investigation of desert dust particles emissions and long-range transport and the consequent impacts in air quality and the environment.