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Timothy Cronin

Assistant 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

Beucler, T., and T. Cronin (2016), Moisture-radiative cooling instability, J. Adv. Model. Earth Syst., 8, 1620–1640, doi:10.1002/2016MS000763

Cronin, T. W., and M. F. Jansen. (2016), Analytic radiative-advective equilibrium as a model for high-latitude climateGeophys. Res. Lett.43449457, doi: 10.1002/2015GL067172

Payne, A. E.M. F. Jansen, and T. W. Cronin (2015), Conceptual model analysis of the influence of temperature feedbacks on polar amplificationGeophys. Res. Lett.4295619570, doi: 10.1002/2015GL065889

Cronin, T. W. and Tziperman, E. (2015) Low clouds suppress Arctic air formation and amplify high-latitude continental winter warming, PNAS 2015 112 (37) 11490-11495, doi:10.1073/pnas.1510937112

Cronin, T. W., Emanuel, K. A. and Molnar, P. (2015), Island precipitation enhancement and the diurnal cycle in radiative-convective equilibrium, Q.J.R. Meteorol. Soc., 141: 1017–1034, doi: 10.1002/qj.2443

Molnar, P. and T. W. Cronin (2015), Growth of the Maritime Continent and its possible contribution to recurring Ice AgesPaleoceanography30196225, doi: 10.1002/2014PA002752

Wing, A. A. and Cronin, T. W. (2015), Self-aggregation of convection in long channel geometr, Q.J.R. Meteorol. Soc., 142: 1–15, doi: 10.1002/qj.2628

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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