Greetings. Since I moved to Wisconsin in part for the cold, snowy winters it's supposed to have,
perhaps it's appropriate that I'm also drawn to ice for scientific study.
More specifically, ice clouds. I have experience in remote sensing of cloud properties,
but currently I'm working on modeling heterogeneous ice chemistry. I'd like to know how the gunk we
put in the air is affecting our climate in an insidious way--by affecting the vertical distribution of water vapor
high in the atmosphere, in the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere. This could be important because water vapor
is a very effective greenhouse gas, and its distribution (and phase) is important in understanding climate change.
If you'd like to hear more about my research, you're welcome to email me at
My C.V. has a little more to add, in terms of science work. Other work involves
and sometimes involves ice cream.
Join me for this year's Horribly Hilly Hundreds. Mwa ha ha.
- Baum, B. A., R. A. Frey, G. G. Mace, M. K. Harkey, and P. Yang, 2003: Nighttime multilayered cloud detection using MODIS and ARM data. J. Appl. Meteor., 42, 905-919.
- Harkey, M. K., 2001: Nighttime cloud overlap discrimination using MODIS and ARM data. Masters Thesis, Dept. of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
- M. K. Harkey, October 2005: On using a population of idealized ice nucleii to model anthropogenic influences on tropical cirrus. Poster presentation, Cargese International School on the Upper Troposphere and Lower Stratosphere, Cargese, France.
- M. K. Harkey, M. H. Hitchman, June 2005: An evaluation of the UWNMS treatment of water vapor transport and cirrus formation in the upper troposphere/lower stratosphere. Oral presentation, joint session of the 13th Conference on Middle Atmosphere, 15th Conference on Atmospheric and Oceanic Fluid Dynamics, and 17th Conference on Climate Variability and Change, Cambridge, MA.
- M. K. Harkey, M. H. Hitchman, and E. M. Prins, September 2004: A Comparison of Passive Tracer Analyses of Biomass Burning Plumes for Different Phases of the El-Niņo Southern Oscillation (ENSO). Poster presentation, 8th Annual IGAC, Christchurch, New Zealand.
- M. K. Harkey, and B. A. Baum, October 2001: Nighttime cloud overlap using MODIS and ARM data. Poster presentation, 11th Conference on Satellite Meteorology and Oceanography, Madison, WI.