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 Climate Physics

The Climate Physics Group relies on a multidisciplinary approach in understanding fundamental physical processes of the climate system under the overarching goal of improving the reliability of climate prediction.

The Climate Physics group utilizes satellite observations of the climate system to address critical questions related to modeling regional and global climate, understanding climate feedbacks, predicting climate change, reducing uncertainties in climate models and their projections, and developing new observing system strategies to measure climate forcing and response as well as poorly characterized processes to improve climate prediction.

These fundamental physical processes include phenomena involving the strong coupling of different components of climate system, atmosphere-ocean-land-ice-biosphere, in a sequence of relevant time scales: Tropical variability (e.g. MJO and ENSO) with essential prediction time scales from weeks to a few years; the Arctic system with time scales of a few decades; cloud-climate feedbacks with time scales of several decades to a couple of centuries. Research activities encompass theory, simulation and the utilization of multi-platform satellite remote sensing data. An essential goal of the group?s research activities is to establish and consolidate the scientific connections between satellite remote sensing observations and climate prediction.

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