Israel Silber

Israel Silber

  • Assistant Research Professor
623 Walker Building
University Park, PA 16802


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


Research Interests:

  • Stratiform cloud processes (emphasis on polar clouds)
  • Aerosol-cloud interactions
  • Cloud radiative effects
  • Evaluation of large-scale model representation of cloud processes
  • Retrievals of cloud microphysical properties using remote-sensing instruments
  • Mesosphere-lower-thermosphere aeronomy


Silber, I., and M. D. Shupe (2022), Insights on Sources and Formation Mechanisms of Liquid-Bearing Clouds over MOSAiC Examined from a Lagrangian Framework, Elementa: Sci. of the Anthropocene, doi: 10.1525/elementa.2021.000071.

Silber, I., R. Jackson, A. M. Fridlind, A. S. Ackerman, S. Collis, J. Verlinde, and J. Ding (2022). The Earth Model Column Collabratory (EMC²): An Open-Source Lidar and Radar Forward Simulator and Sub-Column Generator for Climate Models, Geosci. Model Dev., doi: 10.5194/gmd-15-901-2022.

Hines, K., D. H. Bromwich, I. Silber, L. M. Russell, and L. S. Bai (2021), Predicting Frigid Mixed-Phase Clouds for Pristine Coastal Antarctica, J. Geophys. Res.: Atmos., doi: 10.1029/2021JD035112.

Cesana, G. V., A. S. Ackerman, A. M. Fridlind, I. Silber, and M. Kelley (2021), Snow reconciles observed and simulated phase partitioning and increases cloud feedback, Geophys Res. Lett.doi: 10.1029/2021GL094876.

Yip, J., M. Diao, T. Barone, I. Silber, and A. Gettelman (2021), Evaluation of the CAM6 Climate Model Using Cloud Observations at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, J. Geophys. Res.: Atmos., doi: 10.1029/2021JD034653.

Kremser, S., M. Harvey, P. Kuma, S. Hartery, A. Saint-Macary, J. McGregor, A. Schuddeboom, M. von Hobe, A. Geddes, R. Querel, A. J. McDonald, M. Peltola, K. Sellegri, S. T. Lennartz, I. Silber, C. Law, C. J. Flynn, A. Marriner, G. Brailsford, G. Plank, and G. Graham (2021), Southern Ocean Cloud and Aerosol data: a compilation of measurements from the 2018 Southern Ocean Ross Sea Marine Ecosystems and Environment voyage, Earth Sys. Sci. Data, doi: 10.5194/essd-13-3115-2021.

Silber, I., P. S. McGlynn,  J. Y. Harrington, and J. Verlinde (2021), Habit-Dependent Vapor Growth Modulates Arctic Supercooled Water Occurrence, Geophys. Res. Lett., doi: 10.1029/2021GL092767.

Cadeddu, M. P., D. Cimini, V. Ghate, D. Lubin, A. M. Vogelmann, and I. Silber (2021), Investigation of Humidity and Ice Supersaturation Profiles Over West Antarctica Using Ground-Based G-Band Radiometer Retrievals, IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sens., doi: 10.1109/TGRS.2021.3077088.

Silber, I., A. M. Fridlind, J. Verlinde, A. S. Ackerman, G. V. Cesana, and D. A. Knopf (2021), The Prevalence of Precipitation from Polar Supercooled Clouds, Atmos. Chem. Phys., doi: 10.5194/acp-21-3949-2021.

Kuma, P., A. J. McDonald, O. Morgenstern, R. Querel, I. Silber, and C. J. Flynn (2021), Ground-based lidar processing and simulator framework for comparing models and observations (ALCF 1.0), Geosci. Model Dev.,  doi: 10.5194/gmd-2020-25.

McErlich, C., A. J. McDonald, A. J. Schuddeboom, and I. Silber (2021), Comparing satellite and ground-based observations of cloud occurrence over high southern latitudes, J. Geophys. Res.: Atmos., doi: 10.1029/2020JD033607.

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.


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,
                      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.