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Prof. Timothy Cronin

Associate Professor

Tim Cronin's research interests include several different subjects related to climate, especially idealized modeling of the atmosphere and atmosphere-land system with single-column and limited-area models. A (non-exhaustive) list includes: 1) Cold air formation in warmer climates; 2) Self-aggregation of convection; 3) Diurnal Cycle and Island Rainfall; 4) Boundary Layer Sensitivity; 5) Details about Radiative-Convective Equilibrium; 6) Tropical Cyclones in odd environments; and 7) Hadley Circulation and Eddies. See his website for more info and links to publications.

Selected Publications


T. Abbott and T.W. Cronin, 2023, Multiple Equilibria and Soil Moisture-Precipitation Feedbacks in Idealized Convection-Permitting Simulations With an Open Hydrological Cycle. Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, doi: 10.1029/2023MS003719.

M. Velez Pardo and T.W. Cronin, 2023, Large-Scale Circulations and Dry Tropical Cyclones in Direct Numerical Simulations of Rotating Rayleigh–Benard Convection. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, doi: 10.1175/JAS-D-23-0018.1. 

T.W. Cronin and I. Dutta, 2023, How well do we understand the Planck feedback? Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, doi: 10.1029/2023MS003729.

T.W. Cronin, 2023, An Analytic Model for Tropical Cyclone Outer Winds. Geophysical Research Letters, doi: 10.1029/2023GL103942.

K. Emanuel, M. Velez Pardo, and T.W. Cronin, 2023, The Surprising Roles of Turbulence in Tropical Cyclone Physics. Atmosphere, doi: 10.3390/atmos14081254.

E. Freese and T.W. Cronin, 2021, Antarctic Radiative and Temperature responses to a doubling of CO2. Geophysical Research Letters, doi: 10.1029/2021GL093676.

B. Richards, D. Koll, and T.W. Cronin, 2021, Seasonal Loops between Local Outgoing Longwave Radiation and Surface Temperature. Geophysical Research Letters, doi: 10.1029/2021GL092978.

C. Muller, D. Yang, G. Craig, T.W. Cronin, B. Fildier, J. Haerter, C. Hohenegger, B. Mapes, D. Randall, S. Shamekh, and S. Sherwood, 2021, Spontaneous Aggregation of Convective Storms. Annual Reviews of Fluid Mechanics, doi: 10.1146/annurev-fluid-022421-011319

T. Abbott and T.W. Cronin, 2021, Aerosol invigoration of atmospheric convection through increases in humidity. Science, doi: 10.1126/science.abc5181.

C. Wilka, S. Solomon, T.W. Cronin, D. Kinnison, and R. Garcia, 2021, Atmospheric Chemistry Signatures of an Equatorially-Symmetric Matsuno-Gill Circulation Pattern. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, doi: 10.1175/JAS-D-20-0025.1.

T. Abbott, T.W. Cronin, and T. Beucler, 2020, Convective Dynamics and the Response of Precipitation Extremes to Warming in Radiative–Convective Equilibrium. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, doi: 10.1175/JAS-D-19-0197.1.

T. Beucler, T. Abbott, T.W. Cronin, and M. Pritchard, 2019, Comparing Convective Self-Aggregation in Idealized Models to Observed Moist Static Energy Variability near the Equator. Geophysical Research Letters, doi: 10.1029/2019GL084130.

D. Koll and T.W. Cronin, 2019, Hot Hydrogen Climates near the inner edge of the Habitable Zone. The Astrophysical Journal, doi: 10.3847/1538-4357/ab30c4.

N. Lutsko, J. Baldwin, and T.W. Cronin, 2019, The impact of large-scale orography on Northern Hemisphere Winter Synoptic Temperature Variability. Journal of Climate, doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-19-0129.1.

T.W. Cronin and D. Chavas, 2019, Dry and Semi-Dry Tropical Cyclones. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, doi: 10.1175/JAS-D-18-0357.1


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NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship (2014-2016) | Harvard University Center for the Environment Postdoctoral Fellowship (2014-2016) |Award for Excellence in Teaching, for role as Teaching Assistant in Spring 2013 course “Theoretical Environmental Analysis”, EAPS, MIT (2013) | Martin Fellow, Martin Family Society of Fellows for Sustainability, MITEI (2011-2012) | Climate Co-Lab finalist and presenter to US Congress, MIT Center forCollective Intelligence (2010) | Presidential Fellow, MIT (2009-2010)


Contact Information

t: 774-238-8460


Ph.D., Climate Physics and Chemistry, MIT, 2014

B.A., (with High Honors) Physics and Math (Minor) Swathmore College, 2006