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.”

You can read the full press release here.


  • Erwin says:

    This is pretty slmipe actually when we burn fossil fuels, we release carbon that’s been trapped for millions of years. If we release more of this carbon than the natural carbon cycle can absorb, it accumulates in the atmosphere. Since CO2 is a greenhouse gas, the more of it is in the atmosphere, the more heat it traps’, and thus the more it warms the planet. And as the planet warms, its climate changes.

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