Neil Laird, an assistant professor in the Department of Geoscience, and collaborators from the University of Illinois and South Dakota School of Mines and Technology recently received a grant from the National Science Foundation. The three institutions will receive over $900,000 during a three year period to support research investigations of lake-effect snow storms and factors influencing their development.
Hobart & William Smith Colleges will receive nearly $160,000 over the next three years to support lake-effect snow storm research and fund four research students during each of the next three summers. Specific investigations will include examinations of New York State Finger Lakes lake-effect snow events and the analyses of observations collected during the Great Lakes Ice Cover-Atmospheric Flux (GLICAF) project. The GLICAF field project, led in 2004 by Professor Laird, used meteorologically-instrumented aircraft to collect unique measurements useful for examining the relationship of surface heat fluxes to ice cover on the Great Lakes.
Results of this research will give valuable insight into complex processes that often complicate winter forecasting of lake-effect snow storms which are common to the Great Lakes and NYS Finger Lakes regions. None, will give “Laird and collaborators receive NSF grant”