It is exciting to be in the field of atmospheric and oceanic science at
this time. While it is certainly a mature field, increased computational
resources are allowing us to answer new and more difficult questions.
At the same time, there is plenty of theoretical work left to be done.
In short, there are more questions than people to answer them! Currently I'm
interested in the following topics:
• The general circulation of the atmosphere
• Climate variability on intraseasonal timescales
• The use of stochastic processes in climate modeling
• Stratospheric - tropospheric coupling
• The role of moisture in the midlatitude circulation
Published work can be found here, to give you a feel for topics in which I've been interested.
The principle tool thats I use to understand the
atmosphere are numerical models of the atmospheric
circulation. Much of my research is done with global
models of the
equations, which are a simplification of the
equations of fluid motion appropriate for the large scale
circulation of the Earth's atmosphere. These models are
known as "dynamical cores," as they form the core of full
climate models. They allow us to explore the large scale
dynamics of the atmosphere. More complex models of the
atmospheric circulation simulate and/or parameterize the
thermodynamic and dissipative processes that determine our
climate. This page
describes some of the models we have running here at
NYU. They were developed by scientist at the
Dynamics Laboratory in Princeton.