Tropical thunderstorms and their role in climate 


Dr Peter May presents ‘Tropical thunderstorms and their role in climate’ on Wednesday 20 September from 12pm to 1pm.

The clouds that are generated by tropical thunderstorms and the storms themselves have a huge impact on the global climate. The Groundbreaking Tropical Warm Pool International Cloud Experiment, held in Darwin earlier this year, observed the details of these clouds and their impacts.

The experiment included five research aircraft, the CSIRO Research Ship RV Southern Surveyor, more than a thousand weather balloons, a gaggle of radars and 200 scientists. Charles Darwin University played a key role in the experiment providing facilities and invaluable logistic support to the ‘on-location’ project teams.

Peter will discuss the need for the experiment, what was involved and what is coming out of the research using data gathered.

Peter is the principal research scientist for the Bureau of Meteorology.

This seminar takes place in Room 1, Building 22 (22.01), Casuarina Campus.