Scott Miller

Micrometeorology expert examines Surface Exchange Processes, or the way heat, momentum or trace gases are transferred between the Earth's surface and the atmosphere

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Scott Miller

Research Associate
College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Atmospheric Sciences Research Center

Micrometeorology; field measurements of momentum, heat, water, and trace gas (e.g., carbon dioxide) exchange between the atmosphere and terrestrial ecosystems, lakes, and the ocean

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Miller studies micrometeorology -- reflecting a focus on the relatively thin layer (tens of meters) of the atmosphere just above land or water. The research is field-oriented: Miller and his team deploy scientific instruments in field settings, including forests, lakes and rivers, and the ocean.

His team's particular focus is on Surface Exchange Processes, or the way that things like heat, momentum, and trace gases (e.g., CO2) are transferred between the earth's surface and the atmosphere. These fluxes are driven to a large degree by atmospheric turbulence, and we measure them directly using techniques such as eddy covariance. These data can be used to improve the understanding of processes controlling surface exchange. These results can then feed into climate models used to address questions about current and future biogeochemical cycles and climate.

Miller's research covers a broad range of topics that has involved collaborations with physical and chemical oceanographers, ecologists, biologists, hydrologists, limnologists, and meteorologists. Miller received his Ph.D. in Engineering from U.C. Irvine.