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Prof. Timothy Merlis

Timothy Merlis

Atmospheric and Climate Dynamics

Office: Burnside Hall 815
Tel.: (514) 398-3140
Fax.: (514) 398-6115
timothy [dot] merlis [at] mcgill [dot] ca (E-Mail)

Research interests

We research atmospheric circulations and their role in climate changes.

Our goal is to elucidate physical mechanisms underlying the response of atmospheric circulations, surface temperature and precipitation, and tropical cyclones to changes in radiative forcing. Systematic experimentation with numerical climate models allows us to develop climate theories that encompass not only Earth's current and future climate, but also the broader range of possible climates. A few illustrative examples of this research are described here.

Recent Publications

Merlis, T. M., M. Zhao, and I. M. Held, 2013: The sensitivity of hurricane frequency to ITCZ changes and radiatively forced warming in aquaplanet simulations. Geophysical Research Letters, DOI: 10.1002/grl.50680.

Merlis, T. M., T. Schneider, S. Bordoni, and I. Eisenman, 2013: The tropical precipitation response to orbital precession. Journal of Climate, 26, 2010-2021.

Merlis, T. M. and T. Schneider, 2011: Changes in zonal surface temperature gradients and Walker circulations in a wide range of climates. Journal of Climate, 24, 4757-4768.

Merlis, T. M. and T. Schneider, 2010: Atmospheric dynamics of Earth-like tidally locked aquaplanets. Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, 2, Art. #13.