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Jessica Ng is a physics major at Scripps College in Claremont, California. Her research interests are everything related to climate: paleoclimate, atmospheric dynamics, clouds, modeling, reconstructions, projections, ice, policy, education and mitigation. Her mentor this summer was Professor Jeffrey Pierce. She looked at origins of aerosols ending up at the peak of Whistler Mountain.

The peak of Whistler Mountain generally resides in the free troposphere, a largely uncharacterized layer of unmixed high elevation air, but frequently experiences a variety of aerosol source influences. By comparing measured and modeled size distributions, Jessica sought to characterize contributions to Whistler aerosol from boundary layer upslope flow, long-range Asian transport, and local biomass burning. She also wanted to investigate other possible pollution sources.



To find out what she found, see her poster here, Source Attribution of Aerosol Size Distributions and Model Evaluation Using Whistler Mountain Measurements and GEOS-Chem-TOMAS Simulations.

When Jessica is not working on school classwork or research, she enjoys hiking, cooking, playing the violin, and dancing West Coast Swing and other social dances!