David J. Raymond Symposium

The theme for this symposium is Interaction between Convection and Large-Scale Disturbances and will celebrate and honor Professor David J. Raymond for his 43-year career as a researcher and educator. Evidence of Dave’s scientific creativity can be found in any of his papers that have become classics. His contributions include theoretical formulations of the Madden-Julian oscillation; a stochastic mixing model for cumulus clouds; pioneering in weak temperature gradient (WTG) simulations; case-studies of easterly waves; thermodynamic control of tropical rainfall; theory on spin-up of tropical cyclones; rational approaches to cumulus parameterizations; regulation of moist convection, wave CISK theory, boundary layer quasi-equilibrium theory and so much more.

The common denominator in Dave’s research is understanding the interaction between convection and large scale disturbances. We will have 18 invited speakers, all of whom have contributed to this field of study and worked with Dave over the past couple of decades.

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OTREC funded

Two New Mexico Tech researchers to unveil secrets of ever changing weather by flying high in the skies

Drs. Fuchs and David J. Raymond, from the newly formed Climate and Water Center at New Mexico Tech, received approval for $2.8 million in funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the field project Organization of Tropical East Pacific Convection (OTREC). To improve weather prediction over the whole planet, researchers at Tech will study atmospheric convection, a process important for New Mexico, that creates cumulonimbus clouds responsible for violent storms, heavy rain and lightning. They will be flying into convection on a high-flying aircraft owned by the NSF over the tropical East Pacific Ocean and Caribbean.
The OTREC project will take place in the summer of 2019. The operational center will be in Costa Rica. The core group scientists are from Harvard University, the University of Wisconsin, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Colorado State University, the University of Washington, Columbia University and New Mexico Tech. International collaborators are from Mexico, Costa Rica, and Colombia.
Fuchs is the director of the newly formed Climate and Water Center at New Mexico Tech and a graduate of that institution. Raymond is Professor Emeritus of Physics at New Mexico Tech, the 2017 recipient of the American Meteorological Society’s Jule Charney Award (recognition of highly significant research or development achievement), and a vital part of the Climate Center. The Center’s goal is to bring the fundamental science learned from projects like OTREC to the “real world”, i.e. to apply science to the problems we are facing in our every day lives due to weather and climate change.