Clouds, weather, and climate

Clouds modulate the flows of energy through the climate system, shaping everything from precipitation to circulations at all scales. We are primarily interested in shallow clouds -- those in which ice doesn't form -- because they have a profound impact on climate.  

Postdoc Xuanyu Chen is looking at how clouds, including the mesoscale circulations that organize them, affect interactions between the ocean and the atmosphere above it. We are exploring the rich set of data from the ATOMIC and EUREC4A field campaigns held in early 2020 near the island of Barbados in the Atlantic Ocean.