Numerical Modeling

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Atmospheric scientists build numerical models to solve the equations that describe the spate-temporal evolution of the atmosphere quantitatively. The best known examples for such models are numerical weather prediction (NWP) models that have been the backbone of operational weather prediction since the 1980s. Global circulation models (GCMs) coupled with numerical models of the ocean, and sometimes with other components of the Earth system, are used to simulate and predict changes in the climate. GCMs are also used to study the dynamics of other planetary atmospheres, such as those of Mars or Titan. Some models have capabilities to simulate and predict changes in the chemical composition of the atmosphere in addition to the changes in its physical state. Simplified or idealized models of the atmosphere are often used to develop a better understanding of the qualitative behavior of the more complex realistic models.

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

Craig Epifanio

Craig Epifanio

Associate Professor

Mesoscale atmospheric dynamics, topographically forced waves and wakes, numerical modeling and scientific computation

Robert Korty

Robert Korty

Associate Professor

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

Christopher Nowotarski

Christopher Nowotarski

Assistant Professor

Midlatitude convective storms, particularly supercell dynamics, storm/environment interactions, and probabilistic severe weather forecasting

R. Lee Panetta

R. Lee Panetta

Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and Mathematics

Large-scale flow organization and transport, theory of geophysical models, pattern-forming PDEs, numerical simulation of electromagnetic scattering

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

Istvan Szunyogh

Istvan Szunyogh

Professor, Graduate Committee Chair

Atmospheric dynamics, predictability, numerical weather prediction, data assimilation