Climate Dynamics: An Introduction


The ETH Zurich Climate Dynamics Group studies atmospheric dynamics both here on Earth and on other planets.

We aim to elucidate fundamental questions about climate such as, What controls the surface temperatures and winds? What shapes rainfall patterns? Where and when do clouds form in the atmosphere?

To answer such questions, we analyze observational data and perform systematic studies of atmospheric dynamics with numerical models, with which we simulate flows ranging from meter-scale motions in clouds to the thousands of kilometers of circulations spanning the globe.

Thanks to the availability of unprecedented atmospheric data – obtained, for example, from space-based platforms – and to the increasing maturity of numerical models, ours is the age in which the physical laws that govern climate as an aggregate system will likely be discovered. Our goal is to contribute to that discovery.

Recent Publications

  • Fisher, B. M., G. S. Orton, J. Liu, T. Schneider, M. E. Ressler, and W. E. Hoffman, 2016: The organization of Jupiter’s upper-tropospheric temperature structure and its evolution, 1996-1997. Icarus, submitted.

  • Byrne, M. P. and T. Schneider, 2016: Energetic constraints on the width of the intertropical convergence zoneJournal of Climate, in press.

  • Wills, R. C. and T. Schneider, 2016: How stationary eddies shape changes in the hydrological cycle: Zonally asymmetric experiments in an idealized GCMJournal of Climate, 29, 3161-3179.
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  • Liu, J. and T. Schneider, 2016: Contrasting responses to orbital precession on Titan and Earth. Geophysical Research Letters, submitted.
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  • Adam, O., T. Schneider, F. Brient, and T. Bischoff, 2016: Relation of the double-ITCZ bias to the atmospheric energy budget in climate modelsGeophysical Research Letters, submitted.
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