Dr Tra Dinh

PhD Atmospheric Science – University of Washington

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Research | Current

My research is in atmospheric science. I study atmospheric processes that span a multitude of spatial and temporal scales, from the microphysics of clouds, the dynamics of atmospheric gravity waves, to the global circulation, energy and moisture budgets. I use theory and numerical tools, in combination with observations, to study how the multi-scale interactions of atmospheric processes underline the basic structure of the atmosphere and how these interactions will contribute to future climate change.

I have been involved extensively in the implementation and development of both Cloud-Resolving Models (CRMs) and General Circulation Models (GCMs). These numerical models are used to study the physics of the atmosphere, as well as for weather forecasts and climate predictions.

Teaching | Current

We have a strong and diverse geophysics program at the University of Auckland. The following courses are offered towards a geophysics degree (* indicates the courses I am teaching in 2018):

  1. PHYSICS 120*, EARTHSCI 103
  2. PHYSICS 201*, GEOPHYSICS 213*
  3. GEOPHYSICS 310, 311*, 361, PHYSICS 332
  4. GEOPHYSICS 711, 712*, 713, 761, 762


  • Expert Advisory Board of the George Mason Centre for the Natural Environment, New Zealand, from 2017

  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship, USA, 2012–2014

Areas of expertise

  • Cloud microphysics
  • Climate dynamics
  • Atmospheric radiation and hydrological cycle
  • Numerical methods and modelling for geophysics

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Dinh, T., & Fueglistaler, S. (2017). Mechanism of fast atmospheric energetic equilibration following radiative forcing by CO₂. Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, 9 (7), 2468-2482. 10.1002/2017MS001116
  • Dinh, T., Podglajen, A., Hertzog, A., Legras, B., & Plougonven, R. (2016). Effect of gravity wave temperature fluctuations on homogeneous ice nucleation in the tropical tropopause layer. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 16 (1), 35-46. 10.5194/acp-16-35-2016
  • Dinh, T., & Fueglistaler, S. (2014). Microphysical, radiative, and dynamical impacts of thin cirrus clouds on humidity in the tropical tropopause layer and lower stratosphere. Geophysical Research Letters, 41 (19), 6949-6955. 10.1002/2014GL061289