I am Tirthankar Chakraborty (commonly known as TC), a Ph.D. candidate at the Yale School of the Environment with a focus on Earth & Environmental Science. My broad research interests are in understanding how the exchange of moisture and energy between the land surface and the atmosphere influences local weather and climate; and in particular, the influence of highly heterogeneous terrain, like cities, on boundary layer dynamics.
I think cities will be the nexus of climate adaptation in the future and am very interested in the urban heat island effect and its mitigation. For my PhD at Yale, I am working with Prof. Xuhui Lee and investigating the biophysical impacts of aerosols on surface climate by combining theory and global climate modeling. As an extension of this work, I am using supervised learning algorithms to bias-correct gridded radiation fields in reanalysis products.
While I have done field and lab work in the past, my current research involves sitting in front of the computer and coding. I have expertise in running numerical weather prediction and climate models, analyzing climate reanalysis datasets, satellite remote sensing, and machine learning.