Research has been central to the department’s activities since its inception. Despite the department’s modest size, an impressive array of research projects are being undertaken by our faculty and students involving field work, experimental work, computer modeling, and theoretical calculations. Our research interests have a primary focus on weather and climate of the tropics, but many projects have application to phenomena of global scope. [ More ]

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Full-Time Graduate Faculty

Steven BusingerSteven Businger

Department Chair

Yi-Leng ChenYi Leng Chen

Pao-Shin Chu

Pao-Shin Chu

State Climatologist

Jennifer D. Small Griswold

Undergraduate Advisor

Christina Karamperidou

Christina Karamperidou

  • Ph.D., Columbia University. ENSO dynamics and predictability, extreme events in response to large-scale climate variability and change, paleoclimate, hydro-climate modeling, machine learning applications in environmental science and climate model optimization.
  • emailname ckaramp
  • Website
  • Curriculum Vitae

Fei-Fei JinFei-Fei Jin

Tim Li

Tim Li

Graduate Chair

Alison D. Nugent

Alison Nugent

  • Ph.D., Yale University. Mountain meteorology and Cloud Physics: Orographic convection and precipitation, shallow cloud dynamics, cloud microphysics, aerosol-cloud-precipitation interactions, observations and modeling.
  • emailname anugent
  • Curriculum Vitae

Giuseppe Torri

Giuseppe Torri

  • Ph.D., Imperial College London. Atmospheric Physics. Precipitating convection, downdraft and cold pool dynamics, severe thunderstorms, and climate change.
  • emailname gtorri
  • Curriculum Vitae

Yuqing Wang

Yuqing Wang

Jingxia Zhao

Jinxia Zhao

Assistant Professor

Cooperating Graduate Faculty and Researchers

H. AnnamalaiH. Annamala

Affiliate Researcher, International Pacific Research Center
  • Ph.D., Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. Tropical climate dynamics, climate variability and prediction.
  • emailname hanna
  • IPRC Page

Tiziana CherubiniTiziana Cherubini

Associate Researcher, Institute for Astronomy

Rashed Chowdhury

Rashed Chowdhury

Affiliate Researcher

John N. Porter

John Porter

Associate Researcher, Hawaii Instit. of Geophysics & Planetology, UH-Manoa

Emeritus Faculty

Kevin P. HamiltonKevin Hamilton

Thomas A. Schroeder

Tom Schroeder

Bin Wang

Bin Wang

Ph.D., Florida State.  Climate dynamics, geophysical fluid dynamics, and tropical meteorology.