The atmosphere is remarkably cloudy. On average, clouds cover more than 50% of the atmosphere. Some latitudes even have a mean cloud cover exceeding 80%.
How do clouds, in particular convective clouds,
impact our weather and climate?
With a group of motivated scientists I try to unravel the role of convective clouds, with a special focus on how they influence the winds that carry them around. Read more about my research and that of my group below, including the CloudBrake project funded by the European Research Commission.
In nature, moist convection prefers three modes: shallow, congestus and deep cumulus. Using a conceptual model, can we understand what processes help set the depth of convection in tropical circulations?
Warm rain is that produced by clouds with tops below the freezing level. Observations reveal that warm rain is a significant part of rainfall over global oceans, with implications for atmospheric dynamics.