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Sudip Chakraborty
JPL Postdoctoral Fellow

I am a civil engineering major and I come from India. I did my PhD. from the University of Texas at Austin ( Yes, I am a longhorn) in 2016. I moved to UCLA  as a postdoc and am currently working as a postdoc in JPL. Other than at work, you will find me working out, cooking, and watching movies or college football.

  • Ph.D. Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences, the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Master of Technology, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India.
  • Bachelor of Civil Engineering, Government Engineering College, Jalpaiguri, India.

Research Interests

Mesoscale systems and meteorology, Cloud Physics, Cloud-aerosol interactions, CMIP6 diagnostics, drought prediction.

Professional Experience
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California. October 2018-Present
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, the University of California, Los Angeles. 2017-October 2018
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Jackson School of Geosciences, the University of Texas at Austin. June-December 2016.

Community Service
  • Volunteer, Career day, Clover Avenue Elementary School. 2018 I visited the school and met the students to talk about what scientists do. The event was organized by the school to encourage young students to dream about their future.
  • Past Member, Language Proficiency Assessment Committee, 2016 Austin Independent School District Assisted Austin Independent School district in evaluating of the necessity of children from non-native background to learn English before entering kindergarten level.
  •  Member, The University of Texas Shuttle Committee. 2013- 2014 Assisted the University and the capital metro bus service in organizing various shuttle and bus routes from different locations of the city of Austin to the University.
  •  Member, Tenant Advisory Board. 2012- 2014 Division of Housing and Food Services, the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Chair, Climate Brown Bag. 2012 –2013

Selected Awards

Climate dynamics discipline award in recognition of outstanding leadership and service in UT Austin

Selected Publications
  1. Chakraborty, S., R. Fu, D. Rosenfeld, S. T. Massie (2018), Total rainfall volume of the mesoscale convective systems. Geophysical Research Letters.
  2. Chakraborty, S., Schiro, K. A., Fu, R., and Neelin, J. D. (2018): On the role of aerosols, humidity, and vertical wind shear in the transition of shallow-to-deep convection at the Green Ocean Amazon 2014/5 site, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 11135-11148,,2018.
  3. Wright, J. S., R. Fu, J. R. Worden, S. Chakraborty, N. E. Clinton, C. Risi, Y. Sun, and L. Yin (2017), Rainforest-initiated wet season onset over the southern Amazon, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, doi:10.1073/pnas.1621516114
  4. Chakraborty, S., R. Fu, S. T. Massie, and G. Stephens (2016), Relative influence of meteorological conditions and aerosols on the lifetime of mesoscale convective systems, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,113(27), 7426-7431, doi:10.1073/pnas.1601935113
  5. Chakraborty, S., R. Fu, J. S. Wright, and S. T. Massie (2015), Relationships between convective structure and transport of aerosols to the upper troposphere deduced from satellite observations, J Geophys Res-Atmos, 120(13), 6515-6536.
  6. Rong Fu, Lei Yin, Wenhong Li, Paola A. Arias, Robert E. Dickinson, Lei Huang, Sudip Chakraborty, Katia Fernandes, Brant Liebmann, Rosie Fisher and Ranga B. Myneni, Increased dry-season length over southern Amazonia in recent decades and its implication for future climate projection, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 110(45), 18,110–18,115, doi:10.1073/pnas.1302584110.

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