Earth System Science Center and Department of Atmospheric Science at The University of Alabama in Huntsville

ESS/ATS crowd featured at research festival

Tim Klug and other students take measurements around a house being built near the top of a watershed in Panama.


TimKlug_Panama2014Atmospheric and Earth system sciences will be well represented at the inaugural UAH Research Horizons Day poster session Tuesday, April 7: Five of the 14 posters representing the College of Science will be from the department, even if all of the students aren’t (yet).

In addition to posters highlighting work by two undergraduate ESS majors and two ESS graduate students, the program will also include a poster on undergrad math major Tim Klug’s work with NASA’s DEVELOP program. (Which doesn’t tell the whole story: Tim is in the JUMP program and will be an ESS grad student next year.)

Klug’s journey to ESS wandered through much of the college — and beyond.

“I started as an electrical engineering major,” the Tuscaloosa native recalled. “But I wanted more theory, so I transferred to math. Then, after a while I wanted to do something with it, so I tried computer science.

“But having a remote sensing class with Tom Sever convinced me to swap over.”

Sever also convinced Klug to participate in the summer study abroad program in Panama last summer, where Klug worked on a study of the hydrology of a rural community’s water sources, how development is affecting water quality, and how they might track and map their resources. And he was hooked.

With DEVELOP, Klug is working with Rob Griffin on a system that would use satellite sensors to more efficiently monitor water quality in lakes, rivers and streams in Alabama.

Other ESS related work being presented at Research Horizons Day includes:

• “Using Earth observations to map and model the spread of invasive Asian bush honeysuckle on the Cumberland plateau,” by ESS undergraduate Daryl Ann Winstead, B. Stringer, M. Logsdon and Griffin;

• “Dust radiative forcing: Indirect impact of drought and land use change on diurnal temperature range in arid regions,” by ESS and physics undergrad Christopher Phillips, with Udaysankar Nair, Y. Wu and Sundar Christopher;

• “Detection of power outages and recovery following natural disasters: The Chilean earthquake of 1 April 2014,” by ESS Master’s student Tony Cole, with Griffin; and

• “Trends in precipitation and temperature, and their effect on river discharge as it relates to local soil characteristics in the Tana River watershed, Kenya,” by ESS Master’s student Susan Kotikot, Kelly Hodgskins and Griffin.

Sponsored by UAH’s Office of Academic Affairs and other campus organizations, Research Horizons Day will highlight student research achievements in each of the university’s seven colleges. While the posters will be on display in the Salmon Library all week, the program begins Tuesday, April 7, immediately following the University Honors Convocation.

A schedule of activities and more information about Research Horizons Day are available at:

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