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Project Description

University of California, San Diego

Contact Info

University of California, San Diego
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
9500 Gilman Drive, 0221
Center for Atmospheric Sciences
La Jolla, CA 92093-0221

Dr V Ramanathan

Phone: (858) 534-8815
Fax: 858-822-1632
Email: vramanathan@ucsd.edu
Website: www-cirrus.ucsd.edu/personnel/vramanathan

Fields of Interest

Climate and atmospheric sciences: Role of clouds, water vapor and aerosols in climate and climate change

Description of Scientific Projects

My research approach is to integrate satellite and in-site observations with models to understand how clouds, water vapor and aerosols influence climate. Along with my students, I have developed a Lagrangian approach to track cloud size and spatial structure, and estimate their influence on the water vapor distribution, radiative and latent heating. Recently, we conducted a major field experiment in the Indian Ocean with aircraft, ships and surface stations to collect data on the mircrophysics and radiative forcing of anthropogenic aerosols. During the next few years, my emphasis will be to integrate these observations with models and improve the treatments of clouds, water vapor and aerosols in climate models. We will be emphasizing the cirrus clouds.

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