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Christopher R. Terai

Postdoctoral Research Staff

Program for Climate Model Diagnosis and Intercomparison
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, CA
terai1 at llnl dot gov

About myself

I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Cloud Process Group of PCMDI at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory working with Dr. Stephen Klein. Currently I am examining cloud feedback mechanisms in the CMIP5 set of climate models. I obtained my PhD under the guidance of Dr. Robert Wood to study the interactions between aerosol particles, clouds, and precipitation. Much of my work involved analyzing aircraft data from the VOCALS Regional Experiment.

My Research Interests

The majority of my research is motivated by the broader question, "How do cloud properties respond to changes in the environment?" My PhD work focused on the interaction between clouds, precipitation, and the aerosol particles that act as the cloud condensation nuclei. My postdoctoral research focuses on how clouds respond to changes in the large scale meteorological variables, one of them being surface temperature, and relating observed and model-simulated changes in clouds in the current climate to changes in the future.

  • Boundary layer cloud physics
  • Cloud feedbacks
  • Aerosol-cloud-precipitation interactions
  • Cold pool formation and decoupling

  • For more, see Research.


    Terai, C. R., R. Wood, and T. L. Kubar (2015), Comparison of satellite and diagnostic model estimates of precipitaiton susceptibility in low-level, marine stratocumulus, in prep

    Terai, C. R., C. S. Bretherton, R. Wood, and G. Painter (2014), Aircraft observations of aerosol, cloud, precipitation, and boundary layer properties in pockets of open cells over the southeast Pacific, Atmos. Chem. Phys.

    Terai, C. R. and R. Wood (2013), Aircraft observations of cold pools under marine stratocumulus, Atmos. Chem. Phys.

    Gettelman, A., H. Morrison, C. R. Terai, and R. Wood (2013), Microphysical Process Rates and Global Aerosol-Cloud Interactions, Atmos. Chem. Phys.

    Terai, C. R., R. Wood, D. C. Leon, and P. Zuidema (2012), Does precipitation susceptibility vary with increasing cloud thickness in marine stratocumulus?, Atmos. Chem. Phys.


    Collection of cloud photos

    Pictures from VOCALS
    Stratocumulus cloud deck and sunrise as seen from the NSF/NCAR C-130. NSF/NCAR C-130

                                                                                          last update: 5th December 2014