NASA’s NIP Grant awarded to Pierre Gentine
Pierre Gentine, assistant professor of earth and environmental engineering, was awarded a three-year $258,011 grant from NASA’s New Investigator Program (NIP) in Earth Science for his research project- “A Unified Parameterization of Dry and Moist Convection”- to study turbulence in the earth’s atmosphere and develop new models that can predict climate more effectively. Twenty-one proposals were funded from 131 applications.
“This is a great honor,” says Gentine, who is also a member of the Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering’s Smart Cities Center and of the Earth Institute. “We’re trying to model something that’s fundamentally very challenging: turbulence, the irregular motion of air, and its random nature. Turbulence is especially complicated because it spans such a broad range of spatial scales, from the smaller-which affect cloud formation and turbulent decay by viscous forces-to larger ones that ultimately affect the radiation over the Earth, climate circulation, and ultimately our planet’s overall climate.”
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