Ray, Pallav

Assistant Professor
Physics and Space Sciences

I am an Assistant Professor of Meteorology in the Department of Physics and Space Sciences. I work primarily in the area of tropical climate dynamics and its variability using observations (satellite and reanalysis), high-resolution models (WRF), GCMs (ECHAM4) and theory. See on the right hand side for my other research interests.

If you are a prospective graduate student (MS or PhD) or looking for a postdoc position feel free to contact me. 

Educational Background

Ph.D. (Meteorology and Physical Oceanography), RSMAS, U of Miami, Miami, FL. Thesis: The initiation of the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO)

M.S. (Engineering), CAOS, Indian Institute of Science (IISc.), Bangalore.Thesis: Annual Cycle of Sea Surface Temperature (SST) in the North Indian Ocean

Bachelor of Civil Engineering, Jadavpur University, Kolkata.

Recognition & Awards

• Marquis who’s who in America, 2010-2011

• Award of excellence from the University of Miami among all 2008 graduates.

• Graduate Student Fellowship from the Advanced Study Program, NCAR, Boulder, July 2006 – March 2007

Current Courses

Numerical Weather Prediction (graduate level)

Climatology (undergraduate level)

Atmospheric Dynamics (undergraduate level)

Dynamic Meteorology (graduate level)

Professional Experience

2012-present Asst. Prof., Florida Institute of Technology

2010-2012 Postdoctoral Fellow (Institutional), IPRC, University of Hawaii

2008-2010 Post-doctoral Associate, RSMAS, University of Miami

2007 Visiting Scientist, Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology (MMM) division, NCAR, Boulder

2006-2007 Graduate Student Fellow, Advanced Study Program (ASP), NCAR, Boulder

2001-2002 Research Associate, Centre for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Indian Institute of Science (IISc.), Bangalore, India

1999 Bay of Bengal Monsoon Experiment (BOBMEX)

Additional Duties

Reviewer of several scientific journals including the JAS, J Climate, Clim Dyn, GRL, JGR, MAP, QJRMS, among others.

Current Research

Initiation and propagation of the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO)

Land-Air-Sea Interactions associated with the MJO

Tropical mean state

Role of topography on the MJO

Selected Publications

(limited to 10 recent/significant papers)

email pray@fit.edu if you want a pdf of any papers. * represents students.

Tan*, H., P. Ray, B.S. Barrett, M. Tewari, and M. W. Moncrieff (2018): Role of topography on the MJO in the Maritime Continent: A numerical case study, Climate Dynamics (submitted)

Barrett, B.S., C.R. Densmore, and P. Ray (2018): Distinguishing propagating and non-propagating MJO events, J of Geophys. Res., (under review)

Mittal, R., M. Tewari, C. Radhkrishnan, and P. Ray (2018): Response of tropical cyclone Phailin (2013) in the Bay of Bengal to climate perturbations, Climate Dynamics (under review)

Brownlee* J., P. Ray, M. Tewari, and H. Tan* (2017): Relative role of turbulent and radiative flux on the near-surface temperatures in a single-layer urban canopy model over Houston, J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 56, 2173-2187.

Y. Zhang and P. Ray (Ed.), 2014: Climate change and regional/local response, Intech Publisher, ISBN 978-953-51-1132-0, pp 247.

Collins, S., R. James, P. Ray, K. Chen*, A. Lassman*, and J. Brownlee*, 2014: Grids in numerical weather and climate models, In Y. Zhang and P. Ray (Ed.) Climate change and regional/local responses, ISBN 978-953-51-1132-0, 111-128. [Abstract]

Ray, P., and T. Li, 2013: Relative roles of the circumnavigating waves and the extratropics on the MJO and its relationship with the mean state, J. Atmos. Sci., 70, 876-893. [Abstract]

Ray, P., 2012: Mean state and the MJO in a high-resolution nested regional climate model, In I. Yucel (Ed.) Atmospheric Model Applications, InTech Open Access Publisher, pp 69-84, ISBN: 979-953-307-335-3.

Ray, P., C. Zhang, J. Dudhia, T. Li, and M. W. Moncrieff, 2012: Tropical channel model, In L. M. Druyan (Ed.) Climate Models, InTech Open Access Publisher, pp 3-18, ISBN: 978-953-308-181-6. [Abstract]

McNeely, S., and Coauthors, 2012: Catalyzing frontiers in water-climate-society research: A view from early career scientists and junior faculty, Bull. Amer. Meteorol. Soc., 93, 477-484, doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-11-00221.1 [Abstract]

Ray, P., C. Zhang, M. W. Moncrieff, J. Dudhia, J. Caron, L. R. Leung, and C. Bruyere, 2011: Role of the atmospheric mean state on the initiation of the Madden-Julian oscillation in a tropical channel model, Clim. Dyn., 36(1), 661-184, doi: 10.1007/s00382-010-0859-2 [Abstract]

Ray, P., and C. Zhang, 2010: A case study of the mechanics of extratropical influence on the initiation of the Madden-Julian oscillation, J. Atmos. Sci., 67, 515-528, doi: 10.1175/2009JAS3059.1 [Abstract]

Ray, P., C. Zhang, J. Dudhia, and S. S. Chen, 2009: A numerical case study on the initiation of the Madden-Julian oscillation, J. Atmos. Sci., 66, 310-331, doi: 10.1175/2008JAS2701.1 [Abstract]

Sengupta, D., P. Ray, and G. S. Bhat, 2002: Spring warming of the eastern Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal from buoy data, Geophys. Res. Lett., 29, doi: 10.1029/2002GL015340 [Abstract]