Informal info about me.
After the devastating September Hurricanes in the Caribbean (see post below), I have accelerated a project I had in mind for some time now: Adding Ocean basin domains to my live weather regions. These domains are the Tropical Atlantic and the North Western Tropical Pacific. As Northern Hemisphere Hurricane season slowly comes to an end, I will probably switch to their Southern Hemisphere counterparts in the near future.
I have now uploaded my first virtual reality rendering of my scientific model output. It works in the browser by navigating with the mouse, or with Google Cardboard on any mobile phone. Have a look here. A small tip: If you are using an iPhone, go to the sharing icon, hit "Add to Home Screen", and then open it as a normal App - that way, the annoying address bar will disappear.
My talk is entitled "Stratosphere vs Troposphere: A Dance of Scales", and will take place on 26 July. If you happen to be around, come, see the talk, have a coffee, and be merry.
I am happy to announce that our paper Untangling the annual cycle of the tropical tropopause layer with an idealized moist model has been published online on the Journal of Climate website at DOI 10.1175/JCLI-D-17-0127.1.
The paper introduces the Model of an idealized Moist Atmosphere (MiMA), which closes the gap between idealized dry or gray radiation schemes and full-blown General Circulation Models by including full radiative transfer, but neglecting clouds, chemistry, and ocean circulation. It also explores the annual cycle of temperature in the upper tropical troposphere/lower stratosphere, and shows how midlatitude baroclinicity plays an important role in setting up the observed structure.
As part of our efforts to improve the performance of convection permitting simulations with the UK MetOffice's Unified Model, I will be taking part at the 2nd Convective Scale Modelling Workshop 12-14 June. I will also visit Geoff Vallis' climate dynamics research group at Exeter University, and discuss some projects related to global climate dynamics. I will also try and pick up a brand new copy of the 2nd edition of "Atmospheric and Oceanic Fluid Dynamics", which contains a few of my scientific visualisations.
Tropical Cyclone Debbie devastated large parts of the eastern Queensland coast and flooded much of northern New South Wales during its passage at the end of March 2017. This was the first tropical cyclone hitting the country I live in since my live weather website is up, so I have been able to follow its evolution very closely. I have created an animation of the cyclone from its formation all the way to its passage back onto the sea. You can see it in the movies section of my visualization page or directly on YouTube here.
The Australian Bureau of Meteorology asked me to present my most recent results on stratosphere-troposphere coupling and possible applications to seasonal forecasting. I've spent a very interesting day at the Bureau, thanks to everyone for some exciting discussions!
I'm excited to present both a poster and a talk at this year's Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (AMOS) Conference. The poster will be about my newest research on tropical convection over the Maritime Continent, whereas the talk will be focused on the Model of an idealized Moist Atmosphere (MiMA). The latter will combine both tropical convection, tropospheric turbulence, and stratospheric dynamics, so it's going to cover a lot of material.
I am proud to be one of the worldwide two candidates the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) has chosen to promote for the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Award for Young Scientist. The candidacy is based on my latest publication and CV. You can read more and a interview with me in the WCRP series on promising future leaders in climate science.
My visit of San Francisco is a busy one. Starting off with the invited talk delivered by Ed Gerber about my Model of an idealized Moist Atmosphere on Monday morning, I will present my newest publication as a poster on Tuesday, and will go on to present my colleague Claire Vincent's work on the Madden-Julian Oscillation on Wednesday. Looking forward to some serious science discussions (and also a few nice views of the Bay of course).
My most recent paper about Sudden Stratospheric Warmings has just been published. It uses an idealized GCM to see whether or not SSWs are (once they happen) similar to each other (yes), if there are differences between those that influence the surface weather and those that don't (yes), and if we can identify an entirely different "species" of SSWs which propagate (no). Have a read here.
I've written a small piece about the Dos and Don'ts in scientific visualisation, with the example of my newest addition to my website, Weather Alive. If you'd like to know more about how such things can be done, go have a read.
After months of working on it every now and then, I am proud to reveal my very own weather page. You'll be able to look at the cloudiness and winds over the entire globe, or look into more detail in one of several regions. There's also a time picker, where you can travel into the past (sorry, no earlier than 1. August 2016), or the future! If your browser supports it, you can even look at it in 3D and use your mouse to navigate everything. Last but not least, have a look at some of history's most impressive weather events - in 3D of course. Go enjoy the weather here!
The School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment Sciences as invited me as speaker to their seminar series. I'll try to do my best and give a very general talk, while still presenting some of my recent research. Of course, there will also be lots of animations. See the announcement here.
I'm having the pleasure of presenting my earlier work to the community of my new workplace, the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Melbourne. It's a general talk, hopefully understandable to the non-specialist, and of course, with lots of animations. See the announcement here.