tim.garrett at utah.edu
University of Washington, Ph.D., Atmospheric Sciences, 2000
University of Washington, M.S. Atmospheric Sciences, 1995
University of Waterloo, B.Sc. Honours Physics, 1992
Associate Professor, Atmospheric Sciences, University of Utah, 2008 - 2014
Co-Founder, Particle Flux Analytics, 2015 - present
Co-Founder and President, Fallgatter Technologies, 2011 - 2015
Visiting Professor, Université de Lille I, France, 2008 - 2009, 2016-2017
Visiting Professor, Université Blaise-Pascal II, France, 2013
Assistant Professor, Meteorology, University of Utah, 2002 - 2008
Huber Fellow, Princeton Environmental Institute, Princeton University, 2000 - 2002
My research focus is the physics of clouds. Clouds and precipitation are interesting because they display such an extraordinarily wide range of interactive physical processes requiring understanding of both specific processes and constrained system behaviors. Understanding these is critical for improving weather and climate forecasts.
I also develop simple physical models for describing civilization growth. While clouds and economics may seem disconnected, both are complex systems that evolve according to non-equilibrium thermodynamic rules.
Much of this work is done in collaboration with graduate students in the ACCS group using a broad mixture of pencil and paper, numerical computation, laboratory, and field studies. We also design and build and make them available to researchers worldwide through start-up company Particle Flux Analytics.
When not doing research, I teach graduate and undergraduate classes in Cloud Physics, Atmospheric Radiation and , and I serve as a co-editor for the Copernicus open access journal .
Open Ph.D. position
A position is open in theto study the observational and theoretical aspects of the response of falling precipitation particles to turbulent air. How fast snow falls has been identified as one of the key sensitivities in weather and climate predictions, but no models yet account for how snow swirls. A graduate student will collect field data and use numerical simulations to help solve this critical problem.
Recent grant funding
UK Economic and Social Research Council:
DOE STTR Phase II:
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