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Senior Tess Jacobson works to understand the climate through volcanoes and monsoons

May 6th, 2019

 

Each year, the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) supports senior-thesis research by students from departments across the University. Tess Jacobson kept within the realm of her physics major for her junior year research paper by examining dark matter-electron scattering. For her senior thesis, however, she turned to climate change.

“I wanted to get my hands on current issues, and climate change feels incredibly urgent to me,” said Jacobson, who will graduate on June 4.

As a PEI summer intern in 2017, Jacobson worked with Gabriel Vecchi, professor of geosciences and the Princeton Environmental Institute, to understand how and why atmospheric warming projections differ between climate models. The year before, she took Vecchi’s course, “Introduction to Ocean Physics for Climate,” and found that it “fit very well with everything I’d been doing in physics and mathematics,” Jacobson said.

For her senior thesis, Jacobson worked with Vecchi as her adviser to investigate the influence of volcanic eruptions on the amount of rainfall that the Sahel — the semi-arid region of Africa south of the Sahara Desert — receives during the West African monsoon in summer and early autumn. Her research during summer 2018 was supported by a 2018 PEI Environmental Scholar award.

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