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Sudip Chakraborty

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4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 183-715

Pasadena, CA 91109



Curriculum Vitae:

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Member of:

Aerosols And Clouds

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 in 2016. I analyze satellite data to understand many unknown processes related to the dynamics of the aerosol transport, moistening of the upper troposhere due to the convective systems, global precipitation, and the wet season onset mechanisms. 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.

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

Research Interests

Cloud Physics, Atmospheric Aerosol Rivers Cloud-aerosol interactions, CMIP6 diagnostics, Drought prediction.

Selected Awards

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

Selected Publications

  1. Chakraborty, S, Jiang, J. H., Su, H., & Fu, R. (2021). On the Role of Aerosol Radiative Effect in the Wet Season Onset Timing over the Congo Rainforest during Boreal Autumn. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions, 2021, 1–27.
  2. Chakraborty, Sudip, Guan, B., Waliser, D. E., da Silva, A. M., Uluatam, S., & Hess, P. (2021). Extending the Atmospheric River Concept to Aerosols: Climate and Air Quality Impacts. Geophysical Research Letters.
  3. Worden, S., Fu, R., Chakraborty, S., Liu, J., Worden, J. (2021). Where Does Moisture Come from for Rainfall over the Congo Basin. JGR Biogeosciences.
  4. Chakraborty, S., Jiang, J. H., Su, H., & Fu, R. (2020). Deep convective evolution from shallow clouds over the Amazon and Congo rainforests. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 125, e2019JD030962.
  5. D. Nelun Fernando, Sudip Chakraborty, Rong Fu, Robert E. Mace, A process-based statistical seasonal prediction of May-July rainfall anomalies over Texas and the Southern Great Plains of the United States, Climate Services, Volume 16, 2019, 100133, ISSN 2405-8807,
  6. Chakraborty, S., R. Fu, D. Rosenfeld, S. T. Massie (2018), Total rainfall volume of the mesoscale convective systems. Geophysical Research Letters.
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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.