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O’Brien Fog Paper Featured in EOS

Sources: Travis O'Brien, and Dan Hawkes

Portrait_travisobrienJust in time for the annual American Geophysical Union (AGU) Meeting in San Francisco this week (December 15-18, 2014), ESD Climate Scientist Travis O’Brien was informed that a paper he co-authored has been featured on the cover of the weekly AGU journal Eos, Transactions of the AGU.

The paper covers in greater detail the work discussed in an article published this past summer (2014) on the ESD website (, about fog’s effect on the Central Coast area of California. O’Brien and co-authors provide an overview of the myriad ways that fog impacts life on the coast, ranging from ecological effects (water for redwoods) to human health effects (buffering against extreme heat).  The article also describes a nascent collaborative effort, coined FogNet, aimed at building a network of observational sites along the coast.  Data from FogNet is already improving our understanding of coastal fog, and these data are invaluable for validating high-resolution climate models—such as the DOE’s Accelerated Climate Model for Energy  (ACME)—that are capable of simulating fog.

Eos is taken from the Greek goddess of dawn, representing for AGU the new light continually being shed by basic geophysical research on the understanding of Earth and its environment in space.

Congratulations, Travis!

To read more about the paper, go to:

Citation: Torregrosa, A., T. A. O’Brien, and I.C. Faloona (2014), Coastal fog, climate change, and the environment. Eos, 95 (50), 473; DOI: 10.1002/2014EO500001.

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