Group Photos

  • Spencer's goodbye

    Group celebration

    Celebrating Spencer Hill's (far right) new postdoc at Columbia/LDEO [June 2019]

  • Hung-I

    Hung-I Lee receives PhD

    June 2019

  • AGU19

    Dinner at AGU 2019

    This is the last time I saw Adam Showman (red jacket). He is greatly missed!

  • Hadley

    Hadley cell in a tank

    A demonstration of tropical overturning circulation in a rotating tank, used in my classes on atmospheric dynamics.

  • Sean

    Celebrating Sean Faulk's successful dissertation defense (May 2018)

What does TPACE mean?

Welcome!  Our research focuses on the atmospheric dynamics and climate of terrestrial planets, with particular focus on Titan, Saturn's largest moon, and Earth, both now and throughout history.  We use a broad variety of tools and methods including satellite and ground-based data, pencil-and-paper theory, and numerical simulations.  Our unifying theme – TPACE – is to understand the extremes of atmospheres and climate by drawing analogies between the planetary bodies of our solar system, and "filling the gaps" between them in parameter space using a hierarchy of climate models.  Our current projects focus on the transition of an Earth-like climate to a Titan-like climate, which we accomplish by varying the planetary rotation rate, voltatility of water vapor, and global reservoir of water in the climate system.  This project is funded by NSF's Climate and Large-Scale Dynamics, and supports two graduate students, Matthew McKinney and Francico Spaulding-Astudillo, and myself.