Dr. Greg Tripoli
Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. Joined the faculty in 1987.
Ph.D., Colorado State University, 1986 (Atmospheric Sciences).
The impact of latent heating on atmospheric circulations occurs on scales ranging from hundreds of meters to thousands of kilometers. Weather systems ranging from thunderstorms to meoscale and synoptic scale convective systems result.
At the University of Wisconsin, the dynamics and microphysical processes behind the growth of convective weather systems are studied through numerical modelling of the scale interaction process. Of particular interest are warm core cyclone disturbances such as the hurricane tropical cloud clusters, extratropical meoscale convective complexes and extratropical warm core seclusions. We also study the interaction of local convective phenomena, such as thunderstorms, with large scale flow systems. For this purpose, the University of Wisconsin Regional Atmospheric Modeling System (UW-RAMS) (Dr. Tripoli, together with Dr. Cotton, Dr. Pielke and others from around the country) is employed to explicitly simulate the scale interaction process.
Dr. Tripoli is also actively involved with the study of local microphysical and chemical scavenging processes occurring within clouds. This work is supported by an extensive multi-phase microphysics parameterization development effort.
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