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Brian Rose

Global-scale climate dynamics, heat transport in the atmosphere and ocean and their interaction, climate sensitivity and feedbacks, the role of sea ice in the global climate system, paleoclimate and idealized climate modeling.

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Brian E.J. Rose
Assistant Professor
 

College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences

Address:

ES 315

Phone:
518-442-4477
Personal Pages: http://www.atmos.albany.edu/facstaff/brose

 

Introduction

My research is oriented toward fundamental questions about the climate system at the global scale, such as: What factors control the global mean temperature and its equator-to-pole gradient? Why has Earth's climate been more variable during some periods of the deep geological past than others? Is the climate unique, or does the Earth system possess multiple equilibria? By studying the fundamental underlying "rules" governing the climate system, we build a deeper understanding of the past and future evolution of climate on Earth, and other planets as well.

I have broad training in both atmospheric science and oceanography, and I am particularly interested in coupled atmosphere-ocean climate dynamics over long time scales. I also have a special interest in polar climate and ocean-sea ice interaction.

My work typically takes a "building blocks" approach, trying to build understanding of the complex climate system through judicious simplication. I explore ideas using hierarchies of idealized atmosphere-ocean models, ranging from simple mathematical descriptions to complex coupled numerical calculations.

Education

Ph.D. 2010, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Climate Physics and Chemistry)
M.Sc. 2002, McGill University (Atmospheric Science)
B.Sc. 1999, McGill University (Atmospheric Science)

Research Interests

Global-scale climate dynamics, heat transport in the atmosphere and ocean and their interaction, climate sensitivity and feedbacks, the role of sea ice in the global climate system, paleoclimate and idealized climate modeling.

Publications

Rose, BEJ (2014), Stable “Waterbelt” climates controlled by tropical ocean heat transport: a non-linear coupled climate mechanism of relevance to Snowball Earth. (in review)

Rose, BEJ, K. Armour, D. Battisti, N. Feldl, D. Koll (2014), The dependence of transient climate sensitivity and radiative feedbacks on the spatial pattern of ocean heat uptake. Geophys. Res. Lett. 41, doi:10.1002/2013GL058955.

Rose, BEJ, D Ferreira and J Marshall (2013), The role of oceans and sea ice in abrupt transitions between multiple climate states. J. Climate 26, 2862-2879.

Rose, BEJ and D Ferreira (2013), Ocean heat transport and water vapor greenhouse in a warm equable climate: a new look at the low gradient paradox. J. Climate 26, 2117-2136.

Ferreira, D, J Marshall and BEJ Rose (2011): Climate determinism revisited: multiple equilibria in a complex climate model. J. Climate. 24, 992-1012.

Rose, BEJ and J Marshall (2009): Ocean heat transport, sea ice, and multiple climate states: insights from energy balance models. J. Atmos. Sci. 66, 2828-2843.

Rose, BEJ and CA Lin (2003): Precipitation from vertical motion: a statistical diagnostic scheme. Int. J. Climatol. 23, 903-919.