Claudia Mignani
Assistant / PhD candidate

Claudia Mignani

Philosophisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät

Departement Umweltwissenschaften

FG Alewell

Assistant / PhD candidate

Bernoullistrasse 30/32
4056 Basel
Schweiz

Tel. +41 61 207 36 28
claudia.mignani@unibas.ch

Research Area

My research area focuses on understanding the ice formation in mixed-phase clouds. Of special interests are the relevance of ice-nucleating particles and ice multiplication at moderate supercooling. I am taking part in field campaigns during which I am taking pictures of snowflakes and collecting aerosol and precipitation samples for further analysis. My project is funded by the SNF, project nr.:169620 (http://p3.snf.ch/project-169620).

Published articles

Mignani, C., Creamean, J. M., Zimmermann, L., Alewell, C., and Conen, F.: New type of evidence for secondary ice formation at around −15 °C in mixed-phase clouds, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 877-886, , https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-19-877-2019, 2019.
ORC ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9250-0587

Conference talks

Mignani, C. (*), Creamean, J. M., Zimmermann, L., Alewell, C., Conen, F.: “Probing secondary ice formation at around -15 °C in mixed-phase clouds”, Oral presentation, European Geosciences Union, Vienna, Austria, 2019. (Abstract https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2019/EGU2019-7048.pdf)

Creamean, J. M. (*), Mignani, C., Conen, F.: “Using spectra characteristics to define ice nucleating particle populations from north and south of the Alps”, Oral presentation, 6th workshop - Microphysics of Ice Clouds, Vienna, Austria, 2018.

Mignani, C. (*), Weber, D., Schrod, J., Zimmermann, L., Bingemer, H., Conen, F., Alewell, C.: “A case study of biological ice-nucleating particles in the Arctic”, Oral presentation, 6th workshop - Microphysics of Ice Clouds, Vienna, Austria, 2018.

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Conference posters

Henneberger, J. (*), Beck, A., Dedekind, Z., Lauber, A., Pasquier, J. Ramelli, F., Rösch, M., Wieder, J., Kanji, Z., Lohmann, U., Mignani, C., Lehning, M., Walter, B., Berne, A., Athanasios, N., Bougiatioti, A., Bühl, J., Engelmann, R., Hervo, M., and Roulet Y.-A.: Exploring clouds in the Alps to understand precipitation formation and snow deposition with the Davos2019 field campaign, Poster presentation, European Geosciences Union, Vienna, Austria, 2019 (Abstract https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2019/EGU2019-13500-1.pdf)

Mignani, C. (*), Creamean, J. M., Zimmermann, L., Conen, F.: “Probing secondary ice formation at around -15 °C in mixed-phase clouds”, Poster presentation, 20th Swiss Global Change Day, Bern, Switzerland, 2019.

Mignani, C. (*), Creamean, J. M., Zimmermann, L., Conen, F.: “Examining single snow crystals for ice-nucleating particles”, Poster presentation, BACCHUS Final Meeting, Zurich, 2018.

Mignani, C. (*), Weber, D., Schrod, J., Zimmermann, L., Bingemer, H., Conen, F., Alewell, C.: “A case study of biological ice-nucleating particles in the Arctic”, Poster presentation, INUIT Final Conference and Second Atmospheric Ice Nucleation Conference, Grasellenbach, Germany, 2018.

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Education

Since 04.2017
PhD Student, Environmental Geosciences, University of Basel, Switzerland

09.2012 – 09.2014
MSc in Environmental Sciences, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Major in Atmosphere and Climate, Minor in Biogeochemistry
Master’s thesis: “Atmospheric and oceanic behaviours under a strong mitigation scenario”

09.2009 – 09.2013
BSc in Environmental Sciences, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Bachelor’s thesis: “Cloud cover and ice water path in global climate modelling”

Professional Experience

06.2016 – 03.2017
Scientist (60%), Laboratory for Air Pollution / Environmental Technology, Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, Dübendorf, Switzerland.

05.2016 – 03.2017
Visitor Guide (40%), Swiss Science Center Technorama, Winterthur, Switzerland.

08.2015 – 05.2016
Project Assistant (100%), Climanosco Association, MSC Climate Communication, Zurich, Switzerland.

02.2015 – 07.2015
Natural Catastrophe Modelling Analyst (100%), Catastrophe Modelling Services department, PartnerRe, Zurich, Switzerland.

Additional Information

In the news

02.2019 SLF news (https://www.slf.ch/en/news/2019/02/captive-balloon-measures-physical-properties-of-clouds.html): Captive balloon measures physical properties of clouds.
A two-month scientific measurement campaign was taking place in Davos. A lot of different institutions were part of the RACLETS campaign including the Alewell group.

11.2017 UNI NOVA article (https://www.unibas.ch/en/Research/Uni-Nova/Uni-Nova-130/Uni-Nova-130-How-snowflakes-are-formed.html): How snow crystals are formed.
Early carrier scientist Claudia Mignani and former PhD student Emiliano Stopelli from the Research Group Alewell have been interviewed about their projects by the science journalist Yvonne Vahlensieck.

Outreach

UniKidsCamp (https://www.unibas.ch/de/Mitarbeitendenportal/Familie-Gesundheit/Familienservice/UniKidsCamp.html), University of Basel, Basel, 2018 and 2019.

Young Mind’s Science Film Day (https://www.unibas.ch/en/News-Events/News/Uni-Campus/Science-cinema-for-curious-minds.html), Exposure Science Film Hackathon (ESFH), Basel, 2019.

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