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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Room 1431 AOSS
Phone: 608-262-3700
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Greg Tripoli

Department Chair

PhD Colorado State University

Professor Tripoli has been a professional atmospheric scientist focusing on atmospheric and oceanic research for nearly 43 years and performing atmospheric research overall for over 50 years. Over this period, Tripoli was mentored by Professor T.N. Krishnamurti, Dr. Brahm Oort, Dr. Y. Kurihara, and Professor W. R. Cotton. Tripoli has been involved in the early development of a barotropic forecast model (1967-1968), development and use of first computerized satellite-derived atmospheric motion vectors (MOAA/NESS/CPDB, 1972-1973), development of a Global ocean analysis system (NOAA/GFDL, 1974), initial development of the first multiply nested tropical cyclone modeling system (NOAA/GFDL, 1974-1976), development of the first 3D explicitly resolving cloud/mesoscale model using bulk microphysics (CSU RAMS, 1976-1987) and the first variable stepped topography model capable of explicitly simulating microphysics and aerosol chemistry on all scales of the atmosphere. University of Wisconsin Nonhydrostatic Modeling system (UW-NMS). Professor Tripoli has expertise in mesoscale modeling, cloud modeling, microphysics processes and modeling, nonhydrostatic and fluid dynamics and thermodynamics, mesoscale dynamics, tropical cyclone dynamics, thunderstorm dynamics, tornado and supercell dynamics, tropical dynamics, extratropical dynamics, operational and research tropical cyclone modeling, Mediterranean storms, and global circulation and jet stream dynamics. Currently, Tripoli’s research is focused on tornado dynamics, Hurricane outflow dynamics, and the dynamics of tropical plumes and their interaction with the extratropical Rossby wave train.

Professor Tripoli teaches, the Dynamics of Moist Convective Systems (AOS 718), Numerical Weather Prediction (AOS 771). Synoptic Meteorology: Mesoscale (AOS 453), Physical Meteorology (AOS 630), Weather and Climate (AOS 100 and 101), Weather hazards (AOS 141), Natural Hazards (GEO 140), and Severe Storm Observation and Forecasting (AOS 455).

Research Interests:

Synoptic Meteorology Atmospheric and Cloud Physics Large Scale Dynamics