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Dr. Anita Rapp
Anita Rapp
(979) 862-1580
(979) 862-4462
Eller O&M 1002B
Texas A&M University
O&M Building, Room 1002B
Department of Atmospheric Sciences
MS 3150
College Station, Texas 77843


Ph.D., Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University, 2008

M.S., Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University, 2004

B.S., Meteorology, Texas A&M University, 2000

Anita Rapp

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

  • Remote Sensing
  • Clouds and Precipitation
  • Satellite Meteorology
  • Global Hydrologic Cycle
  • Atmospheric Radiation
  • Climate Change

Graduate Student and Postdoc Opportunities

Dr. Bowman and Co-Investigator Dr. Anita Rapp are seeking two graduate students and a postdoctoral research associate to work as part of the Dynamics and Chemistry of the Summer Stratosphere (DCOTSS) science team (see below). The project will use a wide range of observational systems and models to address a number of critical science questions about dynamical and chemical connections between the troposphere and stratosphere.

Interested students should contact Dr. Bowman or Dr. Rapp. Information on applying for admission to the graduate program at Texas A&M can be found here.

Selected Publications

  • Byrne, M. P., A. G. Pendergrass, A. D. Rapp, and *K. Wodzicki, 2018: Response of the Intertropical Convergence Zone to climate change: Location, width, and strength. Curr. Clim. Change Rep., 4, 355-370, doi:10.1007/s40641-018-0110-5.
  • *Ren, T., A. D. Rapp, S. Nasiri, J. Mecikalski, and J. Apke: Is awareness of the aerosol state useful in predicting enhanced lightning for lightning-producing storms over northern Alabama? Accepted in J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 57, 1663-1681, doi: 10.1175/JAMC-D-17-0182.1.
  • Stephens, G., M. Hakuba, M. Webb, M. Lebsock, Q. Yue, B. Kahn, S. Hristova-Veleva, A. D. Rapp, C. Stubenrauch, G. Elsaesser, and J. Slingo: Regional intensification of the tropical hydrological cycle during ENSO. Geophys. Res. Lett., 45, doi:10.1029/2018GL077598.
  • Rapp, A. D., 2016: Observational evidence linking precipitation and mesoscale cloud fraction in the southeast Pacific. Geophys. Res. Lett., 43, 7267–7273, doi:10.1002/2016GL069906.
  • *Wodzicki, K., and A. D. Rapp, 2016:  Long-term characterization of the Pacific ITCZ using TRMM, GPCP, and ERA-Interim. J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 121, 3153–3170, doi:10.1002/2015JD024458.
  • Rapp, A. D., A. Peterson, O. W. Frauenfeld, S. M. Quiring, and E. B. Roark, 2014: Climatology of precipitation and storm characteristics in Costa Rica using the TRMM Precipitation Radar. J. Hydrometeor., 15, 2615–2633, doi:10.1175/JHM-D-13-0174.1.
  • Rapp, A.D., M. Lebsock, and T. L’Ecuyer, 2013:  Low cloud precipitation climatology in the southeastern Pacific marine stratocumulus region using CloudSat. Environ. Res. Lett., 8, 014027, doi:10.1088/1748-9326/8/1/014027.
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