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Monsoons constitute one of the focal areas of the WWRP Working Group on Tropical Meteorology Research (WGTMR). More specifically, the WGTMR aims to coordinate and advance research to improve our understanding of monsoon precipitation processes (including extreme precipitation), monsoon variability and predictability. The WGTMR also aims to facilitate the research-to-operation transition to improve monsoon prediction from the synoptic to sub-seasonal/seasonal times and serve a variety of sectors, including agriculture, energy and water management. Below is some information about the WGTMR members who coordinate monsoon-related activities of WWRP.


Zhuo Wang, Co-Chair, WGTMR

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Dr Wang is a Professor of Department of Atmospheric Sciences at University of Illinois, Urbana. Her research interests are primarily in the fields of tropical meteorology and dynamics, including large-scale atmospheric dynamics and tropical cyclone dynamics. Her work focuses on understanding the fundamental dynamics and physics governing atmospheric motions through observational analysis, theoretical and numerical modeling, with the ultimate goal of improving our prediction ability. Read more...


Yukari N. Takayabu, Co-Chair, WGTMR

Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, The University of Tokyo, Japan

Prof. Takayabu received her Ph.D. degree in geophysics from the University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, in 1993. From 1987 to 2000, she was with the National Institute for Environmental Studies. In 2000, she was with the Center for Climate System Studies at the University of Tokyo, where she is currently an Associate Professor. Since 2006, she has also been serving as a part-time Group Leader at the Institute of Observational Research for Global Change, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology. Her current interests include dynamics of tropical atmospheric disturbances coupled with cumulus convection and multiscale interactions from mesoscale convective systems to global-scale climate variations. She is also interested in the characterization of cloud and precipitation systems utilizing various kinds of spaceborne measurements, with recent emphases on analyzing TRMM data. Dr. Takayabu was the recipient of the Society's Award of the Japan Meteorological Society in 1998. Read more...


Parthasarathi Mukhopadhyay, Member, WGTMR

Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune, India

Dr Mukhopadhyay is a Senior Scientist at IITM. His area of expertise includes high resolution GCM and mesoscale modelling of monsoon, heavy precipitation events and thunderstorms. His research interests include cloud microphysics and its influence on monsoon, predictability of weather in high resolution models and convective parameterization in numerical models. He is also currently serving as a member of the Working Group on Asian-Australian Monsoons under the WCRP CLIVAR/GEWEX Monsoons Panel. Read more...


Michelle Simões Reboita, Member, WGTMR

Universidade Federal de Itajubá, Brazil

Dr Reboita is a Professor at Universidade Federal de Itajubá. Her research focuses on the South America Monsoon System (SAMS) and in the different types of cyclones near theSouth America coast. She is a member of the Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Climate Studies Group and Interdisciplinary Climate Investigation Center (INCLINE) at the University of São Paulo, and a coordinator of the Research and Extension Group in Social and Environmental Policies (GPEPSA-UNIFEI-CNPQ). She is one of the WCRP Regional Focal Points for Souh America. She is also currently serving as a member of the Working Group on American Monsoons under the WCRP CLIVAR/GEWEX Monsoons Panel.Read more...