I use mathematical models combined with computer simulations to study the physics of climates. My goal is to uncover physical principles that can help us understand the spatial and temporal structures of atmospheric and oceanic circulations. More specifically, I think it would be great to have a set of sound physical principles that can be used to explore and understand the "phase space" of all possible climates, or in more mathematical terms, which climate states are realizable for a given set of planetary boundary conditions. I believe that in order to achieve this, we need to use a hierarchy of models that ranges from simple analytical models to complex general circulation and climate models.
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My current work focuses on understanding the spatial and temporal structure of tropical precipitation. I also work on the theoretical understanding of the extratropical circulation and macroturbulence.
In the past I have worked on mixing in stellar interiors, Southern Ocean storm tracks, biological physics, and complex dynamical systems. This includes work at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution as a GFD summer fellow, as well as research in the Complex Systems research groups of Bruno Eckhardt in Marburg and Raymond Goldstein in Cambridge.
Other academic interests of mine are planetary science, mathematical physics, modern applications of probability theory and statistics, and machine learning.
In my spare time I enjoy the outdoors and playing foosball (yes, it is a real sport). One of my favorite quotes is from Richard Feynman and it goes like this:
“For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations,
for nature cannot be fooled.”
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