Tropical Climate Dynamics
Las Cruces Biological Station, Agua Buena, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica
Benjamin R. Lintner
Director, Graduate Program in Atmospheric Science
Current Research Overview:
My research centers on diagnosing and interpreting processes in the climate system, especially in the tropics. Prior and current areas of focus include: (i) assessing the controls on tropical precipitation and its spatiotemporal variability; (ii) diagnosing the pathways through which the land surface and atmosphere interact in observations and models; (iii) analyzing the distributions of trace constituents and their transport in the troposphere; and (iv) developing and applying novel approaches for the analysis of precipitation and other climate variables. I make use of a diverse array of observational and reanalysis data sets, a suite of diagnostic approaches, and a vertical hierarchy of models ranging from process-based analytic prototypes to full-blown global climate models.