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Boulder, CO 80305-3328
Voice: (303) 497-4858
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Dimitry Smirnov – Research Associate
Phone: (303) 497-4858
Mailing Address:
NOAA/ESRL Physical Sciences Division
325 Broadway
Boulder, CO 80305

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  • Ph.D., Atmospheric Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2011
  • M.S., Atmospheric Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2009
  • B.S., Chemistry, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2006

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0.25o-CAM5 Diagnostics

Research Interests

Currently, I am working on analyzing the role that North Pacific western boundary currents (Kuroshio and Oyashio) play in influencing the downstream atmosphere. On one side of the spectrum, it is argued that these currents play a very small role that is dwarfed by intrinsic mid-latitude atmospheric variability. On the other side, several hypotheses suggest the currents influence the downstream leading atmospheric modes, which then influence the position of the currents. This creates a potential cycle that would result in decadal variability. My current methods involve using:
  • High-resolution (0.25 degree) CAM5 from NCAR's CESM
  • Coupled stochastic models of various complexity (e.g. local versus non-local)
I am also interested in how air-sea interaction may influence decadal variability in the Atlantic Ocean.
Other interests:
  • Weekly, monthly and seasonal prediction
  • How do extremes change under global warming versus a steady climate with decadal variability?
  • Tornadogenesis: how well can it be parameterized by large-scale environmental conditions?

Last update on Jul 20, 2012 by Dimitry Smirnov