Neil Laird, an assistant professor in the HWS 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 nearly $1 million during a three year period to support research investigations of lake-effect snow storms and factors influencing their development.
Hobart and 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 project. That field project, led in 2004 by Laird, used aircraft with meteorological instruments to collect measurements useful for examining the relationship of surface heat fluxes to ice cover on the Great Lakes.
Results of this research will give insight into complex processes that often complicate winter forecasting of lake-effect snow storms which are common to the Great Lakes and the Finger Lakes regions.
Laird, who joined the faculty in 2004, holds a bachelor's degree from State University College at Oswego, and his master's and doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.