Sensing Change: Jose-Luis Jimenez

This interview was conducted as part of the Institute’s yearlong Sensing Change initiative exploring the interconnections between art, science, and our changing environment.

Jose-Luis Jimenez is an associate professor of chemistry and a fellow of CIRES (Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences) at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Jimenez’s work, which uses high-tech, cutting-edge instrumentation, focuses on the measurement of the size, chemical composition, and morphology of aerosols. 

What was the 1750, the preindustrial atmosphere, versus now? How much more are the greenhouse gases and the aerosols that bounce the solar radiation back changing the heat budget of the planet? By how much?

—Jose-Luis Jimenez

Jose Jimenez discusses how visuals help us understand larger concepts tied to smaller details.  

Jose Jimenez speaks about the threat of climate change and the need to start thinking long term.

How do political and industry interests influence and sometimes oppose scientific discovery?

How do atmospheric scientists achieve consensus on complex questions of climate change?

Art has a way of saying a lot without any words. Can data visualization help science do the same? 

What do we know about how aerosols affect not only the climate but human health in general? The impact of aerosols on these factors has not been clear historically, but with the help of Jimenez’s group new data is being produced and analyzed. Through large-scale, global field studies and in-house programming Jimenez and his team are shedding new light on the processes of our atmosphere.

Learn more about Jimenez’s global, collaborative research:


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