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RAP opportunity at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration     NOAA

Tropical Ocean-Atmosphere Variability and its Impact on Extreme Weather


Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory

opportunity location
26.51.00.B8111 Miami, FL 33149


name email phone
Gregory Richard Foltz 305.361.4430
Sang-Ki Lee 305.361.4521
Renellys Christine Perez 305.361.4518


The tropical oceans play an important role in global weather and climate. Prominent modes of tropical ocean-atmosphere variability include El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO), the Atlantic zonal and meridional modes, and the Indian Ocean Dipole. The sea surface temperature (SST) variations associated with these modes alter deep convection and continental rainfall in the tropics and atmospheric circulation patterns across the globe. The tropical ocean-atmosphere system has also undergone significant changes in recent decades due to radiative forcing from aerosols, such as sulfate aerosols and dust, and anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. The focus of this research opportunity is to better understand the role of the tropical ocean in climate variability, and change and extreme weather. Examples of specific research topics include (1) the contribution of the tropical oceans to terrestrial rainfall and extra-tropical extreme weather events, (2) mechanisms of interannual to multidecadal variations of tropical Atlantic ocean-atmosphere variability, and (3) the role of the upper ocean in tropical cyclone intensification.



Evan AT, Foltz GR, et al: Nature Geoscience 4: 762-765, doi:10.1038/ngeo1276, 2011

Balaguru K, Taraphdar S, Leung LR, Foltz GR: Geophysical Research Letters 41: 3594-3601, doi:10.1002/2014GL060197, 2014

Valles-Casanova I, Lee S-K, Foltz GR, Pelegri JL: Geophysical Research Letters 47: e2020GL087108, doi:10.1029/2020GL087108

Kim, D., Lee S-K, Lopez H, Foltz GR, Misra V, Kumar A: Geophysical Research Letters, 47: e2020GL087736, doi:10.1029/2020GL087736, 2020

key words
ENSO; Tropical Atlantic variability; Extreme weather; Tropical cyclones; Sea surface temperature; Rainfall; Indian monsoon; Indian Ocean Dipole;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents and non-U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants


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