Elizabeth Burakowski is a climate scientist who investigates how changes in snow and vegetation affect surface climate. Liz's love of winter sports motivates her research on winter climate and the ski industry.
Dr. Burakowski uses a combination of climate models, remote sensing, and field measurements to study changes in surface energy and water fluxes due to decreases in snow cover and changes in land cover. She collaborates with environmental economists to quantify the economic impacts of climate change.
Her work also enlists the help of volunteer citizen scientists in the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network (CoCoRAHS) to collect snow measurements across the state of New Hampshire. She is passionate about communicating the science of climate change and her work has been featured on The Weather Channel, PBS News Hour, and The New York Times.
Liz is a Visiting Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, USA and a Postdoctoral Research Associate from the University of New Hampshire. She holds a Ph.D. in Earth and Environmental Science and a M.S. in Earth Science from the University of New Hampshire, and earned her B.A. in Geology from Wellesley College.