Atmospheric Science

/sites/default/files/asmaster-dees-teaching-plan-f18.pdfAtmospheric ScienceAtmospheric Sciences in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences include study of the circulation, composition, and physical and chemical processes of the atmosphere. Timescales studied range from hours to millennia. Studies include the fundamental processes of the atmosphere as well as its interactions with the oceans, hydrological cycle, cryosphere and biosphere, and the role of the atmosphere in anthropogenic climate change. Atmospheric Science faculty use observational data from routine observations, remote sensing and field campaigns as well as numerical models to study tropical convection and dynamics, global modes of variability, air quality and contaminant transport, storm tracks, jet streams, stratosphere-troposphere coupling, tropical cyclones, severe storms and coupling between radiative, chemical and dynamical processes. Strong connections are maintained with the Departments of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics, Earth and Environmental Engineering, and Chemical Engineering, the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, and the International Research Institute for Climate and Society enabling a broad and deep graduate program in atmospheric science.

Each graduate student is enrolled in an academic department and follows the normal procedures of that department regarding admission and progression towards their degree. However, course offerings have been designed collaboratively with the needs of multiple departments in mind, and advisory committees commonly include faculty from multiple departments. Relevant seminars and other activities occur in all participating departments and institutes, providing a uniquely broad and stimulating intellectual environment for graduate study.

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (DEES) includes several sub-fields within atmospheric sciences including atmospheric dynamics, planetary atmospheres, atmospheric radiation, atmospheric chemistry, and climate impacts. Closely related DEES research programs include modern and future climate and physical oceanography. It also has major programs in paleoclimate and geochemistry, which complement the study of atmospheric science.

The Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics (APAM) has research programs in atmospheric and climate dynamics, focusing on numerical modeling, theory, and diagnostics.

The Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering (DEEE) has research programs in climate particularly through connections to water resources and geochemistry, as well as on engineering responses to the climate change problem.

In the Department of Chemical Engineering (CHEN) has research programs in atmospheric chemistry and atmospheric aerosols.

The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) is the physical home of graduate research in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, but also has a distinct identity as a major laboratory for earth science. In addition to the DEES faculty, Lamont employs a staff of Lamont Research Professors, all of whom are potential advisors for PhD students.

The NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) has research programs in climate modeling, climate change, remote sensing, and atmospheric physics and chemistry. Graduate students in both DEES and APAM may work with GISS scientists.

The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) has research programs in climate prediction and predictability on all time scales, as well as modeling and regional dynamics studies, societal impacts of climate, and the application of climate science to achieve societal benefit. Graduate students may work with IRI scientists.

Arlene M. Fiore
Personal Information
Arlene
M.
Fiore
Associate Professor
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Ocean and Climate Physics
Contact Information
207D Oceanography
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000
Palisades
NY
10964-8000
US
(845) 365-8580

Fax: 

(845) 365-8157

Fields of interest: 

interactions among regional air pollution, global atmospheric chemistry, climate, and the biosphere; chemistry-climate and tropospheric chemistry-transport modeling.

Please see group website (link above) for more information.

Education
Ph.D. in Earth and Planetary Sciences
Harvard University
06/2003
A.B. in Environmental Geoscience, magna cum laude
Harvard College
06/1997
Mingfang Ting
Personal Information
Mingfang
Ting
Lamont Research Professor
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Ocean and Climate Physics
Adjunct Professor
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Associate Director - Ocean and Climate Physics
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Contact Information
104C Oceanography
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000
Palisades
NY
10964-8000
US
(845) 365-8374

Fax: 

(845) 365-8157

Fields of interest: 

Impact of global climate change on regional scales in terms of atmospheric stationary waves and precipitation extremes; Dynamics of the naturally occuring and anthropogenically-forced climate changes, droughts and floods circulation; Regional climate mode
Education
Ph.D.
Princeton University
1990
M.S.
Peking University
1985
B.S.
Peking University
1983
Ms. Yutian Wu, Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics, Columbia University
Mr. Stefan Sobolowski, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Columbia University
Selected Publications:
Forced and Internal 20th Century SST Trends in the North Atlantic, Ting, M.; Kushnir, Y.; Seager, R.; Li, C. Journal of Climate March/2009, Volume: 22, Issue: 6 p.: 13 (2009) 10.1175/2008JCLI2561.1
The Effect of Topography on Storm-Track Intensity in a Relatively Simple General Circulation Model, Son, S.-W.; Ting, M.; Polvani, L. M. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences February/2009, Volume: 66, Issue: 2 p.: 19 (2009) 10.1175/2008JAS2742.1
Would advance knowledge of 1930s SSTs have allowed prediction of the Dust Bowl drought?, Seager, R.;Kushnir, Y.;Ting, M.F.;Cane, M.A.;Naik, N.;Velez(Nakamura), J. Journal of Climate, Volume: 21 p.: 3261-3281. DOI: 10.1175/2007JCLI2134.1 (2008)
Model projections of an imminent transition to a more arid climate in southwestern North America, Seager, R.; Ting, M. F.; Held, I.; Kushnir, Y.; Lu, J.; Vecchi, G.; Huang, H. P.; Harnik, N.; Leetmaa, A.; Lau, N. C.; Li, C. H.; Velez, J.; Naik, N. Science May 25, Volume: 316, Issue: 5828 p.: 1181-1184 (2007) DOI 10.1126/science.1139601
Northern hemisphere winter climate variability: Response to North American snow cover anomalies and orography, Sobolowski, S.; Gong, G.; Ting, M. Geophysical Research Letters Aug 31, Volume: 34, Issue: 16 p.: - (2007) Doi 10.1029/2007gl030573
Impact of atmospheric moisture storage on precipitation recycling, Dominguez, F.; Kumar, P.; Liang, X. Z.; Ting, M. F. Journal of Climate Apr 15, Volume: 19, Issue: 8 p.: 1513-1530 (2006)
The role of the north American topography on the maintenance of the great plains summer low-level jet, Ting, M. F.; Wang, H. L. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences Mar, Volume: 63, Issue: 3 p.: 1056-1068 (2006)
Mechanisms of ENSO-forcing of hemispherically symmetric precipitation variability, Seager, R.; Harnik, N.; Robinson, W. A.; Kushnir, Y.; Ting, M.; Huang, H. P.; Velez, J. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society Apr, Volume: 131, Issue: 608 p.: 1501-1527 (2005) Doi 10.1256/Qj.04.96
The global stationary wave response to climate change in a coupled GCM, Joseph, R.; Ting, M. F.; Kushner, P. J. Journal of Climate Feb, Volume: 17, Issue: 3 p.: 540-556 (2004)
Regional climate model simulation of US precipitation during 1982-2002. Part I: Annual cycle, Liang, X. Z.; Li, L.; Kunkel, K. E.; Ting, M. F.; Wang, J. X. L. Journal of Climate Sep, Volume: 17, Issue: 18 p.: 3510-3529 (2004)
Lorenzo M. Polvani
Personal Information
Lorenzo
M.
Polvani
Professor
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Ocean and Climate Physics
Ocean and Climate Physics
Professor
Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics
Contact Information
207A Oceanography
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000
Palisades
NY
10964
US
(845) 365-8347

Fax: 

(845) 365-8156

Fields of interest: 

Atmospheric and climate dynamics; geophysical fluid dynamics; numerical methods for weather and climate modeling; planetary atmospheres.
Education
Ph.D. (Oceanography)
Massachussetts Institute of Technology
1988
B.Sc. (Physics)
McGill University
1981

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