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Faculty and Research


Three faculty members are involved in atmospheric physics and meteorology research, which involves cloud and precipitation physics; geophysical vortices and fluid instabilities; tropical cyclone structure and dynamics; storm surge modeling and coastal flooding prediction; hurricane climatology; and convective storm dynamics in the Southeastern U.S. Our faculty and students perform research using experimental investigations, data analysis, and computational modeling.

Dr. Michael L. Larsen

Dr. Michael L. Larsen specializes in studying the small-scale structure, properties, and processes in the Earth's atmosphere. In particular, Dr. Larsen studies clouds, precipitation, radiative transfer, and aerosol particles with a particular focus on the ways in which the particle-like nature of these phenomena are relevant to physical processes (though he frequently branches out to investigate other questions as well). Dr. Larsen's research includes theoretical, computational (both simulation and data-analysis), and experimental (both lab and field work) components. More information can be found at his personal webpage and through this faculty interview at CofC.

Dr. B. Lee Lindner

Dr. B. Lee Lindner specializes in the atmospheric physics of the Lowcountry (the coastal region from Jacksonville up to Wilmington), often in conjunction with colleagues at the local NWS office. Specifically, Dr. Lindner has published research or is currently working on coastal flooding prediction; sea fog prediction; rain chemistry; synoptic climatology; sea breeze quantification; hurricane surge simulation; and hurricane climatology. More information can be found at on his personal webpage and through this interview at a local weather station.

Dr. Gabriel J. Williams, Jr.

Dr. Gabriel Williams, Jr. specializes in geophysical fluid dynamics with broad applications in tropical meteorology, mesoscale meteorology, and boundary layer meteorology. These applications include: the development of fluid instabilities and the onset of asymmetric mixing within geophysical vortices; the kinematic and thermodynamic evolution of the tropical cyclone boundary layer; convective storm dynamics and dissipation within the Southeastern U.S.; and the interaction of moist convection and vertical shear in geophysical vortices. Dr. Williams's research includes theoretical analysis as well as computational (both simulation and data-analysis) analysis. More information can be found at his personal webpage and through this faculty interview at CofC.