On Thursday, August 3, at 1:00 pm, Dr. Paulo Artaxo of the University of São Paulo will be at WHRC to present “Central Amazonia atmospheric processes revealed trough the GoAmazon2014/15 experiment.” The GoAmazon program was a large experiment aimed at finding out how urban air pollution from Manaus, an isolated city of more than 2 million people in Central Amazonia, affects cloud formation, precipitation, and pristine biogenic aerosol and trace gas properties.
Dr. Artaxo as a member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World, and IPCC is one of the most influential environmental scientists in Brazil. He pioneered the study of tropical aerosols, emphasizing the importance of biomass burning in Amazonia as the major source of aerosol particles, which have significant impacts on cloud formation, precipitation, and net surface radiation.
He received his Ph.D. in Environmental Physics at the University of São Paulo in 1985 and Post Doctoral studies at the University of Antwerp, Belgium, University of Lund, Sweden, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and Harvard University. He has coordinated many large international experiments, including being one of the chief coordinators of the Large-Scale Biosphere-Atmosphere Experiment in Amazonia. That project is credited with transforming our understanding of the biophysics of the Amazon and the environmental sciences community in Brazil. He has also been an active member of the IPCC.