Dr Tra Dinh
PhD Atmospheric Science – University of Washington
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):
- PHYSICS 120*, EARTHSCI 103
- PHYSICS 201*, GEOPHYSICS 213*
- GEOPHYSICS 310, 311*, 361, PHYSICS 332
- GEOPHYSICS 711, 712*, 713, 761, 762
I am currently offering a PhD scholarship in atmospheric science. The position is advertised here on Find a Thesis.
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