anon answered on 10 Nov 2017:
Whilst I worked as an atmospheric scientist, we (I say we because all my academic work has been collaborative – i.e. involving the work of many people) made some interesting discoveries about how ice particles like snowflakes form in clouds. It was already known that ice in clouds usually forms on existing tiny particles like dust. We found that plant life in the oceans (phytoplankton) can also contribute lots of tiny particles to the atmosphere that ice likes to form on.
This is important because improving our understanding of the way clouds form and behave is very important for allowing us to predict the future of our atmosphere – e.g. things like global warming and rainfall.