My research engages with some fundamental questions about the physical climate system. What drives rainfall and circulation? How do the atmosphere, ocean and land interact? How is energy stored and transported? How sensitive is the climate to external forcing, both globally and locally? What are the mechanisms of climate changes in the past and future? My main approach to these questions is to use simple and creative numerical experiments to single out key factors governing climatic phenomena that may be otherwise difficult to detect. I also compare model simulations with theories and observations to achieve a well-rounded understanding of the climate. I like to draw inspiration from interacting with other scientists and learning from other disciplines.
I lived in China till the age of 23 and obtained my Bachelor's degree from Nanjing University. I became a determined climate scientist after finishing my PhD study from the University of Miami. I then did a post-doc fellowship at Princeton University and the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory. I am arriving in Georgia Tech as an assistant professor in the summer of 2018. In my free time, I like to exercise, dance and travel.
My research interests are broadly organized around climate variability, predictability, and change. Much of my work unites different aspects of air-sea interactions, tropical-extratropical teleconnections and the interactions between weather and climate to diagnose the dynamical link between notable modes of climate variability and the occurrence of extreme weather and climate. These endeavors often lead to the generation of statistical tools and a baseline level of understanding needed to improve the accuracy and parameterization in complex dynamical models. At the core of my research agenda is the need to improve climate predictions, particularly for extremes, on subseasonal to decadal timescales.
I was born and raised in Ghana, where I also obtained a bachelor's degree in meteorology and climate science from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. In the spring of 2018, I graduated with a PhD in Climate Science from Utah State University. I am just starting a postdoctoral researcher position in modeling and investigating tropical air-sea interactions in Dr. Jie He's lab at Georgia Tech -- my research here will focus on understanding the oceanic and atmospheric sources of climate variability and the interaction between them. Among other things, I love to paint whiles listening to the orchestra in my recreational time.
Hi, my name is Kezhou Lu and you can also call me Melody. I obtained my Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science at Tongji University, China and got my Master's degree in Environmental Engineering at University of California, Berkeley. I decided to study atmospheric science because of the significance of understanding the mechanisms of atmospheric activities, and my great passion to study fluid mechanics of atmospheres and environmental science associated with water and hydrology. In my free time, I love playing the piano, reading and exploring good food nearby.
My research interest is air pollution and human health. I hope to better understand their inherent relationship using data statistics. I plan to apply numerical simulations to predict the impact of air pollution, so that enterprises and governments can better set up pollution prevention fund. I am also interested in climate change and extreme climate.
I obtained my bachelor's degree in Resource Recycling Engineering from Shandong University in Spring 2017. I'm expected to finish my master's study in Environment Engineering and Mathematics at Georgia Tech in Spring 2019.