Climate Dynamics & Change

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Climate change dynamics researches the physical processes that determine our climate as well as providing insight into how and why the climate changes. This is an enormous topic and covers spatial scales from cloud particles, with radii of microns, to large-scale atmospheric waves, with length scales of thousands of kilometers. Topics studied in the department include the physics of convection, climate variability, feedback physics, climate sensitivity, climate extremes, and regional modeling.

Faculty

Kenneth Bowman

Kenneth Bowman

David Bullock Harris Professor of Geosciences

Atmospheric dynamics, stratospheric ozone, climate dynamics, satellite meteorology

Ping Chang

Ping Chang

Professor

Louis & Elizabeth Scherck Chair in Oceanography

Physical Oceanography: Climate Dynamics; Climate Modeling and Prediction; Geophysical Fluid Dynamics

Andrew Dessler

Andrew Dessler

Professor

Reta A. Haynes Chair in Geosciences

Climate change, remote sensing, climate change policy

Robert Korty

Robert Korty

Associate Professor

Hurricanes, moist convection, large-scale dynamics, climate dynamics, climate variability, past climates

John Nielsen-Gammon

John Nielsen-Gammon

Regents Professor

Texas State Climatologist

Dynamics of jet streams and cyclones, air pollution and local-scale circulation, data assimilation, applied climatology

Gerald North

Gerald North

University Distinguished Professor Emeritus

Climate analysis, climate and hydrological mod- eling, satellite remote sensing, mission plan- ning, statistical methods in atmospheric science

R. Saravanan

R. Saravanan

Professor

Department Head

Variability and predictability of climate on seasonal to millennial timescales, coupled ocean-atmosphere interaction, large-scale dynamics of the atmosphere and the oceans

Yangyang Xu

Yangyang Xu

Assistant Professor

Climate, hydroclimate, radiative effects of aerosols and pollutants