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Interview with Dr. Tom Painter

Dr. Tom Painter is a scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory/Caltech and a research professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the lead author on the paper "Response of Colorado River runoff to dust radiative forcing in snow" published online ahead of print 20 September 2010 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Related Research Paper

Response of Colorado River runoff to dust radiative forcing in snow
Thomas H. Painter, Jeffrey S. Deems, Jayne Belnap, Alan F. Hamlet, Christopher C. Landry, and Bradley Udall
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, published ahead of print Sept. 20, 2010, doi:10.1073/pnas.0913139107


Press releases

NASA study shows desert dust cuts Colorado River flow
NASA-funded study shows desert dust cuts Colorado River flow
Windborne dust on high peaks dampens Colorado River runoff

About Dr. Tom Painter

Thomas H. Painter, PhD, is a scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory/Caltech and a research professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. His areas of interest are snow hydrology, radiative impacts of light-absorbing impurities on snow and glacier melt, multispectral remote sensing and imaging spectroscopy, and solar system astrobiology. He received the PhD and MA in geography from the University of California, Santa Barbara and the B.S. in Mathematics from Colorado State University. He is chairman and organizer of the Working Group on Light-Absorbing Impurities in Snow and Ice. He is the Vice-Chair of the Cryosphere Focus Group of the American Geophysical Union and member of the AGU Eos Editorial Advisory Board. He is also a member of the Science and Management Advisory Council for The Nature Conservancy Canyonlands Research Center.

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