Meteorology is the study of the weather, the key processes, and its prediction. We study a range of topics in meteorology, including high-impact events like thunderstorms and fire weather, as well as intriguing phenomena like atmospheric gravity waves, turbulence, and atmospheric dynamics in general. We use theory, state-of-the-art observations, and high-performance computing to conduct a broad range of research in this area.
The above animation shows the results from high-resolution simulations of convective clouds near Darwin, Australia. The simulation is of a period during a major international field experiment: The Tropical Warm Pool International Cloud Experiment (TWP-ICE).
Simulations conducted by research staff in the School, with visualisations created as part of a collaboration with the National Computational Infrastructure supercomputing facility.
Active research projects include:
- extreme rainfall
- severe thunderstorms
- fire weather
- baroclinic instability (the theory of extra-tropical cyclones)
- tropical convection and clouds
- aviation meteorology and turbulence
We use state-of-the-art computer models to study these processes and phenomena, utilising millions of hours of computer time each year. These phenomena have important societal impacts and our research is focused on improving our understanding of their underlying dynamics, which will lead to better models of weather and climate.
Some recent results and publications include the roles of cold pools in the convective organization, studies of the meteorology of the Black Saturday bushfires, extremely high-resolution simulations of turbulence caused by thunderstorms, and an investigation of the impact of the Madden-Julian Oscillation on the diurnal cycle of tropical rainfall.
Researchers in this area are also affiliated with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes.
Links to some recent papers:
Zovko-Rajak, D., T. P. Lane, R. D. Sharman, and S. B. Trier, 2019: The Role of Gravity Wave Breaking in a Case of Upper-Level Near-Cloud Turbulence. Mon. Wea. Rev., 147, 4567 4588, https://doi.org/10.1175/MWR-D-18-0445.1.
Toivanen, J., Engel, C. B., Reeder, M. J., Lane, T. P., Davies, L., Webster, S., et al. (2019). Coupled atmosphere‐fire simulations of the Black Saturday Kilmore East wildfires with the Unified Model. Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, 11, 210– 230. https://doi.org/10.1029/2017MS001245
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