Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan

Clouds and Precipitation

PrecipitationClouds and precipitation are of critical importance for both weather and climate. Clouds are strongly implicated in climate feedbacks, and it is currently unknown whether the response of clouds will enhance or moderate warming of the atmosphere and ocean. An understanding of both the distribution and intensity of precipitation is crucial as the population and demand for water both increase. Research at Climate & Space examines cloud processes on scales that range from tens of meters to thousands of kilometers. We examine cloud structure and dynamics, convection, cloud microphysics and cloud-aerosol interactions, as well as the response of both tropical and extratropical clouds and precipitation to a warming climate.