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Brian Mapes

Department of Atmospheric Sciences
Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS),
University of Miami
4600 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami, FL 33149
Voice: (305) 421-4275
E-mail: mapes at miami.edu

Miami time lapse webcams at CarOB Observatory (looking south). 
An Archive of (big) cloud scene movies from some some days in 2011.

Research interests and themes

My career began with studies of atmospheric convective clouds and storms, initially in field observations (fun campaigns!). But the larger context of tropical weather and climate must always be appreciated, or else storm meteorology is just stamp collecting. That larger picture requires understanding other processes like radiation, surface effects, mixing, and of course dynamics: the mathematical glue of differential equations that connects all these parts. Working with postdocs, students, and collaborators, I try to maintain a 3-pronged effort that builds from local scales (very definite and tangible, but always dependent on what lies beyond), through quantitative analysis and abstraction, up toward global scales (vast and pervasive, yet evasive: the average is everywhere and nowhere).

1. We study convective clouds and storms and local atmospheric structure (especially in the vertical) , using observations (radars, aircraft, soundings, satellites) and cloud-resolving models.

2. We study the large-scale net thermodynamic and dynamic effects of convection and related processes in the atmosphere, guided by observations; and then try to encapsulate the essence in simple models (the parameterization problem).

3. We study several large-scale weather and climate phenomena using regional and global observations and models, to lend more context and meaning to the activities described above. 

Extreme weather events in climate datasets:

Heaviest rain events in 1998-2016 period: a clickable atlas

Extreme events 1870-2008 in 20C reanalysis: a clickable atlas (Atlantic-centric area)
Extreme ANOMALIES (from mean seasonal cycle) 1870-2008 in a new global reanalysis: a clickable atlas

(2006) Climate models and instantaneous point (column) observations: can we span the gap?

Here is a 2006 page of clickable access to plots of high-resolution GCM column outputs.

A Nov 2005 presentation on column-oriented analyses of both observations and models is linked below.
[ppt - 6MB but Mac figures may fail Windows users]    [pdf - about 9MB]

Random personal pages

Vacation pictures in SW Colorado mountains - July 2011

Mountain outing near Pune, India - October 2011

(brian in swamp photo)RIP, dear Marie, 2014

Many years old...

RefWorks usage