ESD’s David Romps and Rusen Oktem are collecting three-dimensional data (using off-the-shelf digital cameras) on cloud behavior that have never been possible to collect before. In this way, Romps can measure how fast the clouds rise, which in turn can shed light on a wide range of areas, ranging from lightning rates to extreme precipitation to the ozone hole. Perhaps most importantly, a better understanding of basic cloud behavior will allow scientists to improve global climate models.
To read more, go to:
Berkeley Lab News Center: https://newscenter.lbl.gov/2015/05/27/berkeley-lab-scientist-invents-new-technique-to-understand-cloud-behavior/
R&D Magazine: http://www.rdmag.com/news/2015/05/new-technique-understand-cloud-behavior
Supercomputing Online: http://www.supercomputingonline.com/latest/latest-stories/58664-romps-innovation-produces-a-better-understanding-of-cloud-behavior
Cal Alumni Association: http://alumni.berkeley.edu/california-magazine/just-in/2015-06-01/turbo-charging-cloud-research-now-its-easier-decipher-clues