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Tropical Climate Dynamics Lab

About the Lab

Welcome to the tropical climate dynamics research group at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)! We are interested in atmospheric and oceanic processes in the tropics and their interactions with higher latitudes. We study a variety of topics, including the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ), the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO), the Hadley circulation, equatorial waves, tropical cyclones, El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO), and tropical-extratropical teleconnection patterns. One of our primary goals is to improve understanding of observations of these complex phenomena using a hierarchy of models and observations. With this improved understanding, weather and climate prediction can be guided in the right direction.

We are also involved in science education and outreach, particularly at WHOI and in the local Cape Cod community. From bringing hands-on rotating tank climate science experiments to K–12 and college classrooms to mentoring middle- and high-school students and teachers on research projects, we strive to motivate a generation of future scientists.

NOAA GOES-17 imagery showing a double ITCZ, one ITCZ in each hemisphere, spanning the Pacific Ocean on 10 March 2018. Courtesy of NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) Team.

Recent News

New Paper out on Significant Surface Turbulent Heat Loss during Hurricane Ian

By Alex Gonzalez | December 9, 2023

On December 6, Alex and co-authors (Lisan Yu, Yanxu Chen, Chidong Zhang, and Gregory R. Foltz) published a paper entitled, “Dry Air Outbreak and Significant Surface Turbulent Heat Loss During Hurricane Ian: Satellite and Saildrone Observations” in Geophysical Research Letters: Congrats, Alex! The three key points of the paper are: Hurricane Ian triggered a…

Alex a guest lecturer in Climate Change Science course at WHOI-MIT

By Alex Gonzalez | November 11, 2023

On November 9, Alex was a guest lecturer discussing the topic: “Large-scale atmospheric dynamics and relation to extreme storms” as a part of the MIT-WHOI Joint Program course entitled, “12.757 Climate Change Science: Extreme Events in a Warming World.”

Alex hosts seminar at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

By Alex Gonzalez | November 11, 2023

On November 8, Alex traveled to the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to host a talk entitled, “Dynamical Importance of the Trade Wind Inversion in Suppressing the Southeast Pacific ITCZ,” as a part of the weekly Sack Lunch Seminar Series.

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