Anita Rapp

Anita Rapp

Associate Professor

Satellite remote sensing of clouds and precipitation, cloud radiative effects, global water and energy budget

  (979) 862-1580

  Eller O&M 1002B


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  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.


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

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

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


Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences Visiting Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2008–2009

NASA Earth System Science Fellowship, 2005–2008

Superior Accomplishment Award, NASA Contractors Steering Council, 2002

Superior Accomplishment Award, NASA Contractors Steering Council, 2001

University Undergraduate Research Fellow, Texas A&M University Honors Program, 2000

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