Art+Design+Science: A new approach
Designer Adrian Galvin and I have been collaborating on an exciting project that pushes the limits of what “science” can be, by using design principles (specifically the human-centered design process) to improve scientific software and, more holistically, improve the very way that science is done. Here is a recent presentation I gave at SAIC, Miami University, and the University of Michigan in 2019 (and continue to give).
Drought & fire in Africa
Using temporally spaced, yet spatially coincident satellite and meteorological data I was able to show that anthropogenic fire aerosols in tropical Africa inhibited convective processes (i.e. rainfall) via solar absorption. This result was the first time aerosol-driven changes in cloud dynamics were resolved using observations.
This work suggests the existence of a positive feedback loop between fire and convection (see figure to the right)
FIGURE: Tosca et al., "Human-caused fires limit convection in tropical Africa: First temporal observations and attribution", Copyright 2015 American Geophysical Union.