UWAB Graduate Student Yuk Chun Chan NASA FINESST Proposal Selected

UWAB Graduate Certificate student Yuk Chun Chan (Atmospheric Sciences) and advisor Becky Alexander’s proposal for the 2020 NASA Future Investigators in Earth & Space Sciences and Technology (FINESST) was recently selected to be funded!

Yuk Chun’s project, titled “Modeling the multi-phase production of perchlorate in planetary atmospheres” will build parametrizations of percholorate chemistry which will then be imported into the GEOS-Chem 3-D global chemical transport model and the Atmos 1-D photochemica model to simulate perchlorate’s production and deposition on Mars.

Combined with information extracted from isotopic measurements, mineralogical observations, and ice-core records, the simulations produced by Yuk Chun’s updated models will greatly enhance our understanding of the historical evolution of atmospheric chemistry on Mars under the vigorous changes in climate and volcanism, as compared to Earth

The FINESST program provides up to $45,000 per year to support the student with a stipend, tuition, travel, publications, etc while working on the project and can be renewed up to 2 times.

You can read more about this fellowship and Yuk Chun’s full proposal here