Tropical Meteorology

Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences Researchers

    Corbosiero, Kristen L.

    Assistant Professor
    Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences
    Campus Address: ES 321
    Phone: 518-442-5852
    Email: kcorbosiero@albany.edu

    Research Interests: Dr. Kristen L. Corbosiero studies the structure and intensity change of tropical cyclones using both observational data sets and high-resolution numerical models. Specifically, she is interested in understanding the physical processes responsible for the formation of hurricane rainbands and secondary eyewalls, and how tropical cyclones respond to, and evolve in, vertical wind shear. In addition, Dr. Corbosiero is currently pursuing research aimed at understanding the role of cloud microphysical parameterizations on the track and intensity of simulated tropical cyclones, the mechanisms of rapid intensity change in hurricanes, and the impact of recurving eastern North Pacific tropical cyclones on the North American Monsoon System.

    Molinari, John

    Research Professor
    Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences
    Campus Address: ES 225
    Phone: 518-442-4562
    Email: jmolinari@albany.edu

    Research Interests: Tropical cyclone formation and intensity change; Role of vertical wind shear at all stages of tropical cyclones; Lightning in tropical disturbances; Tropical waves; Monsoons and monsoon disturbances. We do both observational and high-resolution numerical modeling studies.

    Roundy, Paul E.

    Associate Professor
    Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences
    Campus Address: ES 339A
    Phone: 518-442-4476
    Email: proundy@albany.edu

    Research Interests: Dr. Roundy studies waves of the tropical atmosphere and ocean and how these waves interact with one another and with atmospheric moist deep convection to modulate global weather and climate. Areas of emphasis include analysis of observations to study modulation of tropical cyclogenesis and the El Nino/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) by convectively coupled waves and intraseasonal oscillations.

    Tang, Brian

    Assistant Professor
    Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences
    Campus Address: ES 324
    Phone: 518-442-4572
    Email: btang@albany.edu

    Research Interests: My research focuses on aspects of tropical cyclones, including their formation, intensification, and interaction with other components of the climate system. I am interested in how vertical wind shear weakens tropical cyclones through ventilation, how tropospheric moisture affects the development of tropical disturbances, and what sets the variability of tropical disturbances and genesis productivity globally and regionally.

    Thorncroft, Christopher D.

    Chair and Professor
    Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences
    Campus Address: ES 226
    Phone: 518-442-4555
    Email: cthorncroft@albany.edu

    Research Interests: My research is mainly focused on improving our understanding of the West African monsoon and how it impacts Atlantic tropical cyclone variability. The research spans a wide range of timescales from diurnal to multidecadal. At the weather scale my research is focused on understanding the physical processed that impact the nature  and variability of African easterly waves (AEWs). This includes a special emphasis on how AEWs interact with the ubiquitous mesoscale convective systems and ultimately how this affects the probability that AEWs will help spawn tropical cyclones. Recent work at the weather scale has also emphasized the role of convectively coupled equatorial waves on the West African monsoon and Atlantic tropical cyclogenesis frequency. At the climate scale I am interested in better understanding the annual cycle of the West African monsoon as well as the processes that impact interannual to decadal variability and predictability of Sahel rainfall.