Martin Singh

Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences, Harvard University

About me

I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences at Harvard University working with Zhiming Kuang.

My research focuses on the circulation of the atmosphere on a range of spatial scales. In particular, I am interested on the role of moist processes in determining the character of atmospheric circulations, both on the scale of clouds and the planetary scale. My current work focuses on the dynamics of idealized monsoon circulations.

I obtained my PhD in the Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences. My advisor was Paul O'Gorman.

My PhD thesis investigates the behavior of an atmosphere in an idealized state of radiative-convective equilibrium as the surface temperature is varied. As the surface is warmed, the amount of water vapor in the atmosphere increases nearly exponentially. This has profound implications for the behavior of convective clouds and their associated rainfall intensities.

Moist processes also affect atmospheric dynamics at larger scales. Another aspect of my work is to understand how large scale eddies adjust to increases in moisture in a warming world. Of particular interest is the asymmetry between the size of upwelling and downwelling regions within eddies, and whether this is affected by precipitation processes.

I completed my undergraduate studies at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, in atmospheric science and mathematics. My Honours research was an investigation of the behavior of convection in a single column climate model and was conducted under the supervision of Christian Jakob.