Ray, Pallav

Assistant Professor
Physics and Space Sciences

I am an Assistant Professor of Meteorology in the Department of Marine and Environmental Systems (DMES). I work primarily in the area of tropical climate variability using observations (satellite and reanalysis), high-resolution models (WRF and MM5), 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, 2008 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, MAP, QJRMS, among others.

Current Research

Initiation of the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO)

Role of Air-Sea Interaction on the MJO in the presence and absence of midlatitude forcing

Tropical mean state

MJO in a high-resolution nested regional climate model

Tropical circulations under climate change

Selected Publications

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

Y. Zhang and P. Ray (Ed.), 2013: 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, 2013: 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., 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., 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. [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]