March 30, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) “Green Living Seminar Series” will continue on Thursday, April 5, with a presentation on “Understanding Potential Large Wind Farm Impacts on Local Meteorology Using Satellite Data,” by Liming Zhou, an associate professor at SUNY-Albany.

All “Green Living” seminars will take place at 5:30 p.m. in room 121 of the Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation, on the MCLA campus. Presented on Thursdays throughout the spring semester, this series is free and open to the public.

The theme of this 11-part series is “Sustainability and the Role of Technology,” which focuses on ways that technology can improve how we manage our food, energy, and water systems, and also how we conserve natural resources.

Zhou is an associate professor with the Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences at SUNY-Albany. His research interests are focused on land-human-atmosphere and climate interactions.

The author of three book chapters and 86 peer-reviewed papers in journals, including “Nature,” he has written about the fields of land-surface remote sensing, land-atmosphere and climate interactions, as well as land surface modeling.

Zhou has been active in professional service activities. This includes as a National Science Foundation (NSF) program director (2008-2011), and as a reviewer for approximately 30 major geophysical journals, including “Nature,” and also NSF and NASA proposals.

Before coming to the United States, Zhou was a weather forecaster at National Meteorological Center in China. He received his Ph.D in geography from Boston University in 2002, and his Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in meteorology.

This spring’s Green Living Seminars will continue through April 12.

Every semester, MCLA’s Green Living Seminar Series hosts lectures by local, regional, and national experts. The seminars are organized around a central theme related to the environment and sustainability. The 2018 series is a presentation of the MCLA Environmental Studies Department and MCLA’s Berkshire Environmental Resource Center.

For more information, go to or contact associate professor Dr. Elena Traister, chair of MCLA’s Department of Environmental Studies, at (413) 662-5303.

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