Oregon State University

Megan Lytle

Dept. of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences: Atmospheric Sciences
Degree Sought: 
B.S. in Mathematics
Research Adviser: 
Dr. Cynthia Twohy, Atmospheric Sciences
Research Topic: 
Aerosol Processing in Marine Stratocumulus Clouds


Under the guidance of Dr. Cindy Twohy, Megan Lytle studied how aerosols are processed in marine stratocumulus clouds off the coast of Chile. Aerosols are small particles suspended in the atmosphere that interact with light and serve as nuclei upon which cloud droplets may form. A better understanding of the interactions between aerosols and clouds will help researchers quantify the effects of aerosols on Earth's climate. This project is part of a larger program called the VAMOS Ocean-Cloud-Atmosphere-Land Study (VOCALS) which aims to improve our understanding of the ocean, atmosphere, and land as a coupled system.

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