Postdoctoral Fellow
Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO)

University of Washington, Seattle

JISAO,
3737 Brooklyn Ave N,
University of Washington,
WA 98195, USA

rhwhite(at)uw.edu

Research: My research interests are driven by my attraction to the beauty and elegance of large-scale climate dynamics, combined with my belief in the importance of regional-scale weather events. I have a strong interest in atmospheric dynamics, particularly atmospheric waves. I play with climate models, conducting sensitivity experiments to test theories on how parts of the Earth system interact with the weather and climate.

Current research projects include: the influence of mountains on atmopsheric circulation and variability, including SSWs; the influence of deforestation on tropical weather and climate; variability of the hydrological cycle; the influence of Earth's topography on atmosphere-ocean coupling and ocean circulation

I believe open access brings benefits to all scientists; as such I am working to put all my analysis code on github with public access - see my github account.

Other interests:
When I'm not busy rearranging mountains or rainforests in climate models, I'm usually off hiking in the Pacific Northwest, helping keep hikers safe with King County Search and Rescue, flying around in the air with double trapeze, or flying trapeze, or keeping a foot in the world of Ballroom and Latin Dancesport.

I love to give public outreach talks on weather, climate, and climate change through Cascadia Climate Action; see my outreach page for any upcoming events. I'm currently collaborating with MoreThanScientists.org on producing videos combining aerial circus with climate outreach - challenging myself to explain climate concepts simply, while up in the air!




Affiliations:JISAO, University of Washington.