James H. Ruppert, Jr.

James H. Ruppert, Jr.

  • Assistant Research Professor
626 Walker Building
University Park, PA 16802
Email: james.ruppert@psu.edu


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  • Postdoc: 2015–2018, Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg, Germany, funded through NSF-AGS Postdoctoral Research Fellowship and Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Ph.D., 2015, Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University
  • M.S., 2012, Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University
  • B.S. 2009, Atmospheric Science, University at Albany

Research interests

I am an Assistant Research Professor at Penn State University in the Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science. I am greatly fascinated by how clouds, convection, and radiation interact in both weather systems and climate. In my research I view the atmosphere through both idealized and realistic lenses. By bridging these viewpoints, I seek to learn if and how our theories hold up in the real world, and what we are missing when they fall short. I invoke a combination of observations and high-resolution numerical models in my work, and make heavy use of large-scale supercomputing resources. My recent and ongoing research is investigating the role of cloud–radiation feedback in tropical cyclones, the nature and role of mesoscale gravity waves in the Maritime Continent, island rainfall enhancement, and diurnal time-scale feedback.


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