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Christopher R. Terai

Graduate Research Assistant

University of Washington
Department of Atmospheric Sciences
713 ATG Building
Seattle, WA
terai at atmos dot washington dot edu

About myself

I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington. I work with Dr. Robert Wood to study the interactions between aerosol particles, clouds, and precipitation. I have mostly been analyzing aircraft data from the VOCALS Regional Experiment. Using the data, I have studied precipitation susceptibility and cold pool formation under marine stratocumulus and am now studying the aerosol-cloud-precipitation interactions in pockets of open cells.

My Research Interests

Much of my research is motivated by the broader question, "How do aerosol particles in the atmosphere affect cloud properties?" The numerous feedbacks between the aerosol particles, cloud microphysics, and cloud dynamics make studying these interactions both difficult and interesting. To make things tractable, I have tried to focus on particular pathways in which aerosols can affect clouds and drizzle properties and how drizzle can in turn affect marine stratocumulus clouds over the southeast Pacific.

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

  • For more, see Research.


    Terai, C. R., R. Wood, and T. L. Kubar (2014), 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 five pockets of open cells sampled during VOCALS REx, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss.

    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: 11th July 2014