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Clouds and Cloud Physics

Cloud physics is the study of the physical processes that lead to the formation, growth and precipitation of clouds.

People specializing in this area


Jerry Y. Harrington

Use sophisticated numerical models and participate in field experiments designed to unravel the reasons behind why clouds behave they way they do in nature. Join my group and become an essential part of a team that develops and uses innovative cloud modeling techniques. Some of our field work will take us to remote places in the arctic wilderness where we shall investigate the structure and dynamics of arctic clouds.  More information.

Johannes Verlinde

This group is for cloud lovers. We've looked at clouds from all sides now, from up and down, and inside out. If you are interested in hands-on observational work (working with our millimeter wave cloud radar, or in situ observations) relating to clouds, or detailed modeling of clouds, give me a call. Our primary focus is on layered clouds, but if you look at my publication list you will see that pretty much anything white goes.

Graduate Students

Marcus R. Hanson

Vapor depositional growth of pristine ice particles in supersaturated environments.

Emeritus and Retired Faculty

Dennis Lamb

What really goes on inside the clouds we see in the sky everyday? Clouds are complicated, so specialized instrumentation is used to study cloud processes. In the laboratory, for instance, you can measure the growth and evaporation of aerosol particles, cloud droplets and ice crystals, all in an environment where YOU have the controls -- a wonderful way to study the physics and chemistry of clouds. Comprehensive explanations of cloud processes are available in the textbook "Physics and Chemistry of Clouds", authored by D. Lamb and J. Verlinde and published by Cambridge University Press in 2011. More information.