Radha Dutta will be a junior at University of Massachusetts - Amherst studying
applied mathematics. Her research interests include atmospheric dynamics,
climate modeling, and fluid dynamics.
"This summer, I worked with Professor David Randall and research scientist Mark
Branson examining the predictability of precipitation on a global scale. We
looked at precipitation data simulated by a community atmosphere model for the
months of January and July.
The main questions I sought to answer were when and
where unpredictable rainfall occurred, and what factors were correlated with it.
Lastly, I looked to detect chaos in time series of precipitation, though that
"I found that the Tropics had the most unpredictable rainfall while North
America had more rainfall predictability in January than in July. And secondly,
the Convective Available Potential Energy (CAPE) was a strong predictor of
unpredictable rainfall. I'm looking forward to continuing this research in the
Radha presented her poster,
Global Predictability of Daily Rainfall, at the CMMAP team meeting.
Radha's hometown is Worcester, Massachusetts. Her hobbies include playing the
guitar, creating things in Photoshop, programming, and spending time with