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David A. Randall - Professor

David A. Randall


  • Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science - 1976 - University of California - Los Angeles, CA
  • M.S. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering - 1971 - Ohio State University - Columbus, OH
  • B.S. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering - Ohio State University - Columbus, OH

Career Overview

Professor Randall joined the CSU Department of Atmospheric Science in 1988. Prior to his arrival, he held positions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and NASA.

Teaching Interests

  • General circulation
  • Numerical modeling of the atmosphere
  • Atmospheric dynamics
  • Atmospheric boundary layer
  • Convection
  • Climate

Research Interests

  • Cloud-climate studies
  • Climate dynamics
  • Cloud parameterization
  • Numerical methods

Professor Randall's current research focuses on modeling studies of clouds and their role in the global climate system using numerical simulation. Ongoing projects include development of improved cloud parameterization methods, numerical experiments to determine the role of clouds in maintaining the preset climate, and an investigation into the role of clouds in climate dynamics.

Research Sponsors

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Awards, Honors, and Positions

  • American Meteorological Society (AMS) - Fellow
  • AAAS - Fellow
  • American Geophysical Union (AGU) - Fellow
  • First ISCCP Regional Experiment (FIRE) - Co-Chairman
  • NASA Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement
  • AMS Meisinger Award
  • Journal of Climate - Chief Editor
  • Cermak Outstanding Graduate Advisor Award

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