Israel Silber

Israel Silber

  • Assistant Research Professor
623 Walker Building
University Park, PA 16802
Email: ixs34@psu.edu

Education:

  1. PhD - Department of Geosciences, Tel-Aviv University (2016).
  2. B.Sc - Department of Geophysics and Planetary Sciences, Tel-Aviv University (2010).

Biography:

Research Interests:

  • Stratiform cloud processes (emphasis on polar clouds).
  • Large-scale model biases in the representation of cloud processes. 
  • Retrievals of cloud microphysical properties using remote-sensing instruments.
  • Mesosphere-lower-thermosphere aeronomy.

Publications:

Silber I., A. M. Fridlind, J. Verlinde, L. M. Russell, and A. S. Ackerman (2020), Non-Turbulent Liquid-Bearing Polar Clouds: Observed Frequency of Occurrence and Simulated Sensitivity to Gravity Waves, Geophys. Res. Lett., doi: 10.1029/2020GL087099.

Lubin, D., D. Zhang, I. Silber, R. C. Scott, P. Kalogeras, A. Battaglia, D. H. Bromwich, M. Cadeddu, E. W. Eloranta, A. M. Fridlind, A. Frossard, K. Hines, S. Kneifel, W. R. Leaitch, W. Lin, J. P. Nicolas, H. Powers, P. K. Quinn, P. Rowe, L. M. Russell, S. Sharma, J. Verlinde, and A. M. Vogelmann (2020), AWARE: The Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) West Antarctic Radiation Experiment, Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., doi: 10.1175/BAMS-D-18-0278.1.

Silber, I., J. Verlinde, G. Wen, and E. W. Eloranta (2020), Can embedded liquid cloud layer volumes be classified in polar clouds using a single-frequency zenith-pointing radar?, IEEE Geosci. Remote Sens. Lett., doi: 10.1109/LGRS.2019.2918727.

Silber, I., A. M. Fridlind, J. Verlinde, A. S. Ackerman, Y. S. Chen, D. H. Bromwich, S.-H. Wang, M. Cadeddu, and E. W. Eloranta (2019), Persistent supercooled drizzle at temperatures below -25°C observed at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, J. Geophys. Res.: Atmos., doi: 10.1029/2019JD030882.

Silber, I., J. Verlinde, S.-H. Wang, D. H. Bromwich, A. M. Fridlind, M. P. Cadeddu, E. W. Eloranta, and C. J. Flynn (2019), Cloud influence on ERA5 and AMPS surface downwelling longwave radiation biases in West Antarctica, J. Clim., doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-19-0149.1.

Hines, K., D. Bromwich, S. H. Wang, I. Silber, J. Verlinde, and D. Lubin (2019), Microphysics of summer clouds in central West Antarctica simulated by Polar WRF and AMPS, Atmos. Chem. Phys., doi: 10.5194/acp-2018-1251.

Silber, I., J. Verlinde, M. Cadeddu, C. J. Flynn, A. M. Vogelmann, and E. W. Eloranta (2019), Antarctic cloud macrophysical, thermodynamic phase, and atmospheric inversion coupling properties at McMurdo Station. Part II: radiative impact during different synoptic regimes, J. Geophys. Res.: Atmos., doi: 10.1029/2018JD029471.

Silber, I., J. Verlinde, E. W. Eloranta, and M, Cadeddu (2018), Antarctic cloud macrophysical, thermodynamic phase, and atmospheric inversion coupling properties at McMurdo Station Part I: principal data processing and climatology, J. Geophys. Res.: Atmos., doi: 10.1029/2018JD028279.

Silber, I., J. Verlinde, E. W. Eloranta, C. J. Flynn, and D. M. Flynn (2018), Polar liquid cloud base detection algorithms for high spectral resolution or micropulse lidar data, J. Geophys. Res.: Atmos., doi: 10.1029/2017JD027840.

Katz, S., Y. Yair, C. Price, R. Yaniv, I. Silber, B. Lynn, and B. Ziv (2018), Electrical properties of the 8-12th September, 2015 massive dust outbreak over the Levant, Atmos. Res., 201, 218-225, doi: 10.1016/j.atmosres.2017.11.00.

Wüst, S., C. Schmidt, M. Bittner, I. Silber, C. Price, J. H. Yee, M. Mlynczak, and J. Russell III (2017), First ground-based observations of mesopause temperatures above the Eastern-Mediterranean Part II: OH*-climatology and gravity wave activity, J. Atmos. Sol. Terr. Phys., 155, 104-111, doi: 10.1016/j.jastp.2017.01.003.

Silber, I., C. Price, C. Schmidt, S. Wüst, M. Bittner, and E. Pecora (2017), First ground-based observations of mesopause temperatures above the Eastern-Mediterranean Part I: Multi-day oscillations and tides, J. Atmos. Sol. Terr. Phys., 155, 95-103, doi: 10.1016/j.jastp.2016.08.014.

Silber, I., and C. Price (2017), On the use of VLF narrowband measurements to study the lower ionosphere and the mesosphere-lower-thermosphere, Surv. Geophys., 38, 407-441, doi: 10.1007/s10712-016-9396-9.

Silber, I., C. Price, and C. J. Rodger (2016), Semi-annual oscillation (SAO) of the nighttime ionospheric D-region as detected through ground-based VLF receivers, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16(5), 3279–3288, doi: 10.5194/acp-16-3279-2016.

Silber, I., C. Price, E. Galanti, and A. Shuval (2015), Anomalously strong vertical magnetic fields from distant ELF/VLF sources, J. Geophys. Res.: Space. Phys., 120, 6036-6044, doi: 10.1002/2015JA021141.

Silber, I., C. Price, C. J. Rodger, and C. Haldoupis (2013),      Links between mesopause temperatures and ground-based VLF narrowband radio signals, J. Geophys. Res.: Atmos., 118, 1-12, doi: 10.1002/jgrd.50379.

Honors and Awards:

2017:               URSI (International Union of Radio Science) Young Scientist Award.

2015:               IAGA (International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy) Young Scientist Award.

2014:               Travel scholarship for an international scientific conference, by the Israeli Ministry of Science
                       and Technology, Israel.

2013:               Department of Geophysical, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences PhD Excellence award.

2012:               Israeli Ministry of Science and Technology 3-years PhD fellowship, in memory of Col. Ilan
                       Ramon, first Israeli astronaut.

2010, 2011:     Dean's Excellence award by Tel-Aviv University.

Employment:

2010-2014:      Teaching assistant and tutor, Department of Geophysical, Atmospheric and Planetary
                      Sciences, Tel-Aviv University. 
                      Course name:  Introduction to Atmospheric Sciences.

2010-2012:      Research assistant, ILAN Team, Department of Nature Sciences, Open University,
                      Israel.          
                      Research topic: Study of red sprites and other TLE's.           

2009-2011:      Research assistant, Department of Geophysics and Planetary Sciences, Tel-Aviv University.
                      Research topic: Ice nuclei, their concentration and efficiency in clean and polluted air and their
                      effects on clouds and precipitation.