Workshop on Convection, Water Vapor, and Climate

March 27 - 29, 2012

Organizers: Zhiming Kuang, Kerry Emanuel

Sponsors: Harvard University Center for the Environment, Harvard Physical Oceanography Committee

Many issues in climate involve convection and water vapor, such as the general circulation (on Earth or elsewhere), the tropical climate (mean or transients), climate feedbacks, paleoclimate, and chemical transport, to name a few examples. At the same time, the basic physics and dynamics of convection and water vapor are also active research areas of their own. We hope that by bringing researchers from this broad spectrum of studies, the workshop can provide updates on our understanding of the basic physical processes so that they can be better integrated into the many climatic applications, and a survey of the broad range of outstanding climate issues involving convection and water vapor so that they can further motivate and focus studies of the basic physical processes.


Dorian Abbot, University of Chicago Cloud effect on Snowball Earth deglaciation
Larissa Back, University of Wisconsin - Madison Global hydrological cycle response to rapid and slow global warming
Michela Biasutti, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory - Columbia University Intense precipitation as seen by instantaneous and aggregated measurements
Sandrine Bony, Laboratoire de Meteorologie Dynamique (LMD/IPSL)
Observational evidence for relationships between convective aggregation, water vapor and radiation over tropical oceans
William Boos, Yale University Thermodynamic bias in the multi-model mean boreal summer monsoon
Chris Bretherton, University of Washington An LES perspective on subtropical low cloud feedback
Mark Cane, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory - Columbia University Global Precipitation Change Shaped by Natural and Anthropogenic Forcing
Andrew Dessler, Texas A&M University On the control of stratospheric water vapor and the implications for climate change
Kerry Emanuel, MIT Rectification of the Diurnal Cycle of Moist Convection: Implications for Tropical Circulation
Stephan Fueglistaler, Princeton University Atmospheric humidity and clouds - what can we learn from stratospheric water?
Dennis Hartmann, University of Washington Radiative control of deep tropical convection
Isaac Held, NOAA Lessons learned from the simulation of tropical cyclone genesis in global mesoscale models
George Kiladis, NOAA Relative contributions of synoptic and low frequency eddies to timemean atmospheric moisture transport
Steven Krueger, University of Utah Mass flux, vertical velocity, and entrainment in the Giga-LES
Zhiming Kuang, Harvard University Weakly forced mock-Walker cells
Brian Mapes, University of Miami Toward an understanding of form-function relationship for mesoscale convection
David Neelin, University of California - Los Angeles Model precipitation uncertainties and constraints on entrainment from convective onset
David Nolan, University of Miami Tropical Cyclone Genesis Parameters, Genesis Thresholds, and Mid-Level Humidity
Joel Norris, University of California -San Diego Evidence for Climate Change in the Satellite Cloud Record
Paul O'Gorman, MIT Upward shift of the atmospheric general circulation under global warming: theory and simulations
Michael Pritchard, University of Washington A moist static energy budget analysis of the MJO in the Super-Parameterized Community Atmosphere Model (SPCAM)
David Randall, Colorado State University Future pathways for parameterization of turbulence and shallow convection
David Raymond, New Mexico Tech Vorticity, Moisture, and Precipitation in the Tropical Atmosphere
David Romps, University of California - Berkeley Parameterizing large-scale dynamics: a comparison of WTG and WPG
Tapio Schneider, California Institute of Technology Understanding low cloud feedbacks through hierarchical physical modeling
Steven Sherwood, University of New South Wales The vertical momentum budget of a cumulus cloud and its implications for climate
Pier Siebesma, KNMI The role of tropospheric humidity and stability on the detrainment in deep convection
Adam Sobel, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory - Columbia University CRM simulations with parameterized large-scale dynamics using time-dependent forcings from observations
Brian Soden, University of Miami Why has the Walker circulation strengthened over the past 30 years?
Bjorn Stevens, Max Planck Institute for Meteorology Slow Drivers and the Climatology of Precipitation
Minghua Zhang, Stony Brook University Cloud feedback and the interaction between parameterized convection and boundary-layer turbulence in climate models




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