Group members

S. Vishnu

Postdoctoral scholar, UC Berkeley (sponsored by India’s Monsoon Mission)

Liyuan Deng

Ph.D. student, visiting from Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology

Nandini Ramesh

Postdoctoral scholar, UC Berkeley

Henry Peterson

Undergraduate student, UC Berkeley

Michael Diaz

Postdoctoral scholar, UC Berkeley

Varun Murthy

Ph.D. student, Yale University

Upcoming talks

I’m thinking about my carbon footprint and trying to minimize travel, though I do undertake trips that are important for my mission of trying to improve the understanding and prediction of precipitation in tropical, developing countries. I post my travel plans here in hopes that future trips might be combined to minimize air travel. One cross-country, round-trip U.S. flight emits about 1000 kg of CO2, while one long-haul international round trip emits about 2000 kg of CO2. In comparison, all of the electricity, natural gas, and municipal water used by my 2-person household are estimated to generate about 4500 kg of CO2 per year.

Peking University, 90th anniversary of the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, May 25-29, 2019


Current courses at UC Berkeley:

  • EPS 81 | Atmospheres (Spring 2019)
  • EPS C181 | Atmospheric Physics and Dynamics (Fall 2018)

Previous courses:

  • EPS C181 | Atmospheric Physics and Dynamics (Fall 2017)
  • EPS 24 | Death by Water: Risk, Science, and Impacts of Hydrological Extremes (Fall 2017)
  • Yale GG 765 | The General Circulation of Planetary Atmospheres (Spring 2012, 2015, 2017)
  • Yale GG 322 | Physics of Weather and Climate (Fall 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016)
  • Yale GG 570 | Cloud Physics and Dynamics, co-taught with Trude Storelvmo (Spring 2011, 2014)

Data & Tools, a website with educational pages and recent news about monsoons

Global track dataset of monsoon disturbances, as described in Hurley and Boos (2015)

Somali jet index, a measure of the strength of the South Asian monsoon circulation, and of roughly 30 percent of the global cross-equatorial flow

South Asian vertical shear index, the strength of the vertical shear of the zonal wind over South Asian. This was developed by Webster and Yang (1992, QJRMS) as a measure of the strength of the South Asian monsoon circulation.


I am pleased to announce a new, multi-institutional partnership to improve understanding and prediction of monsoon rainfall. As part of this new effort, my group is actively seeking two postdoctoral scientists and a software developer/programmer. We additionally expect to admit one or two new Ph.D. students to start in Fall 2019.