#UWMadison sophomore James Mineau spent his #UWSummer monitoring climate and weather in #Wisconsin’s Price County as an undergraduate intern. His work is part of the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences’ CHEESEHEAD research project that looks at how ecosystems and vegetation affect climate and weather, with AOS Professor Ankur Desai serving as principal investigator. ⠀ ⠀ James is from Park Falls, and he intends to be an AOS major, so he asked to help with the project. He’s served as sort of a local correspondent, helping guide the scientists from around the country that visit the site. James created a map that shows geographic details of the study area as well as data collection sites, and he helped set up instrumentation and launch weather balloons, among other tasks. ⠀ ⠀ “I got training to climb flux towers, and I’ve been up a 100-foot tower, a 40-foot tower, and earlier this week I went up with some of Prof. Desai’s technicians to a different research site in the Upper Peninsula, where there was a 120-foot tower I climbed to instrument .... I’m making so many connections and learning so many things. I definitely wouldn’t have learned so much about what it takes to create these measurements, and long-term climatology and short-term weather.”⠀ ⠀ We’ll be sharing #UWSummer stories on Instagram from July 29 to Aug. 9. You can follow along and share your own story by tagging #UWSummer in your Instagram post. ⠀ ⠀ @James.mineau @UW_AOS @UWCIMSS @NCARScience @NOAA

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