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Faculty and Research


Three faculty members are involved in atmospheric physics and meteorology research, which includes analyzing and modeling the earth's atmosphere on scales from nanometers to megameters. Our faculty and students do this through theoretical, computational (both numerical simulation and data analysis), and experimental investigations.

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 studying geophysical vortices with broad applications in tropical meteorology, mesoscale meteorology, and boundary layer meteorology. These applications include: the evolution of the tropical cyclone boundary layer; the formation and evolution of secondary eyewalls; asymmetric mixing processes within geophysical vortices; the dynamics of hurricane resiliency; and the development of fluid instabilities in geophysical vortices. Dr. Williams' research includes theoretical as well as computational components and also has many applications to mesoscale convective systems and other geophysical vortices such as tornadoes. More information can be found at his personal webpage and through this faculty interview at CofC.