Convection & Planetary Atmospheres

Convection and Dynamics Group concerns itself with the mechanisms governing circulations in the atmosphere of the earth and of other planets. Convection is emphasized because it plays a central, but often poorly understood role in these circulations. Current work includes developing a better understanding of convective weather disturbances in the tropical regions of the earth’s atmosphere and in inferring the character of the flows in the atmospheres of the outer planets from observations made by space probes. Observations, theory, and numerical simulations are the tools employed by members of the convection and dynamics group.