Clear Skies: UM Graduate Student Bellomo Takes 1st Prize in AMS Poster Competition

Katinka Bellomo

MIAMI — (February 14, 2012) — The American Meteorological Society (AMS) announced that University of Miami Meteorology and Physical Oceanography graduate student Katinka Bellomo was awarded first prize for the 24th Conference on Climate Change and Variability student poster competition at the organization’s 92nd Annual Meeting in New Orleans.

“The judges were in agreement that Katinka presented a clear, concise, and insightful study that deserved recognition,’ says Michelle L’Heureux, program chair for the climate sessions at the AMS meeting.

The poster, titled “Inter-Comparison of 20th Century Trends in Cloud Cover Data Sets and Estimate of CRF Change” shows that there is some potential to quantitatively evaluate the role of clouds in driving past and future climate change using observational datasets. This has been a challenging issue for decades since climate models do a poor job of simulating the response of clouds to climate change. Bellomo’s research shows that observations may help improve those simulations.

“This is a great accomplishment, given the caliber of students and quantity of posters presented at the AMS annual conference,” said Dr. Amy Clement, UM Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science professor and faculty advisor to Bellomo. “It speaks to the quality of Katinka’s research and that of all of the students in our Climate Modeling Group.”

Bellomo, a graduate of the Università degli Studi di Torino - Dipartimento di Fisica Generale. She is a member of the AMS, and is currently a 2nd year Ph.D. candidate at UM.

The AMS annual meeting is attended by more than 4,000 people, including a group of presenters and speakers from the Rosenstiel School. Among those honored at this year’s meeting, UM Professor Lynn (Nick) Shay, who was installed as a Fellow of the AMS in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the atmospheric or related oceanic or hydrologic sciences.

About the American Meteorological Society
Founded in 1919, the AMS has a membership of more than 12,000 professionals, professors, students, and weather enthusiasts. AMS publishes nine atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic journals, sponsors multiple conferences annually, and directs numerous education and outreach programs and services.

About the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School
The University of Miami is the largest private research institution in the southeastern United States. The University’s mission is to provide quality education, attract and retain outstanding students, support the faculty and their research, and build an endowment for University initiatives. Founded in the 1940’s, the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science has grown into one of the world’s premier marine and atmospheric research institutions. Offering dynamic interdisciplinary academics, the Rosenstiel School is dedicated to helping communities to better understand the planet, participating in the establishment of environmental policies, and aiding in the improvement of society and quality of life. For more information, please visit

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