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Anita D. Rapp
Research Interests 

Assistant Professor
Atmospheric Sciences
Texas A&M University

Remote sensing; clouds and precipitation; radiation; satellite meteorology; tropical convection

My research interests are in the remote sensing of clouds and precipitation and their application in studying the hydrologic cycle, energy budget, and climate change. Currently my focus is on combining data from multiple satellite sensors to investigate the role of warm cumulus and stratocumulus clouds in the tropics and subtropics.

Ongoing projects include:

  • Investigation of the feedbacks between the environment, precipitation, and cloud properties using CloudSat and A-Train satellite measurements
  • Energy budget studies and climate model evaluation in boundary layer cloud regimes
  • Understanding local and remote feedbacks between shallow convection in the subtropics and deep convection in the tropics and ITCZ using TRMM satellite measurements
  • The role of shallow clouds in atmospheric preconditioning for deep convection associated with tropical disturbances and the Madden-Julian Oscillation
  • Using satellite-retrieved aerosols to enhance lightning predictions

Full Curriculum Vitae

Selected Publications 

Wodzicki, K., and A. D. Rapp, 2016: Long-term characterization of the Pacific ITCZ using GPCP, TRMM, and ERA-Interim. J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 121, 3153-3170, doi:10.1002/2015JD024458.

Ford, T. W., A. D. Rapp, and S. M. Quiring, 2015: Does afternoon precipitation occur preferentially over dry or wet soils in Oklahoma? J. Hydrometeor., 16, 874-888, doi:10.1175/JHM-D-14-0005.1.

Rapp, A. D., 2015: Cloud responses in AMIP simulations of CMIP5 models in the southeastern Pacific marine subsidence region. Int. J. Climatol., 35, 2908-2921, doi:10.1002/joc.4181.

Rapp, A. D., A. Peterson, O. W. Frauenfeld, S. M. Quiring, and E. B. Roark, 2014: Climatology of precipitation and storm characteristics in Costa Rica using the TRMM precipitation radar. J. Hydrometeor., 15, 2615-2633, doi:10.1175/JHM-D-13-0174.1.

DePasquale, A., C. Schumacher, and A. D. Rapp, 2014: Radar observations of MJO and Kelvin wave interactions during DYNAMO/CINDY2011/AMIE. J. Geophys. Res., 119, 6347-6367, doi:10.1002/2013JD021031.

Rapp, A. D., M. Lebsock, and T. L'Ecuyer, 2013: Low cloud precipitation climatology in the southeastern Pacific marine stratocumulus region using CloudSat. Environ. Res. Lett., 8, 014027, doi:10.1088/1748-9326/8/1/014027.

Rapp, A. D., C. Kummerow, and L. Fowler, 2011: Interactions Between Warm Rain Clouds and Atmospheric Preconditioning for Deep Convection in the Tropics. J. Geophys. Res., 16, D23210, doi:10.1029/2011JD016143.

Rapp, A. D., M. Lebsock, and C. Kummerow, 2009: On the Consequences of Resampling Microwave Radiometer Observations for Use in Retrieval Algorithms. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 48(9), 1981-1993, doi:10.1175/2009JAMC2155.1.

Rapp, A. D., C. Kummerow, and G. Elsaesser, 2009: A Combined Multisensor Optimal Estimation Retrieval Algorithm for Oceanic Warm Rain Clouds. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 48(11), 2242-2256, doi:10.1175/2009JAMC2156.1.

Rapp, A. D., C. Kummerow, W. Berg, and B. Griffith, 2005: An Evaluation of the Proposed Mechanism of the Adaptive Infrared Iris Hypothesis Using TRMM VIRS and PR Measurements. J. Climate, 18(20), 4185-4194, doi:10.1175/JCLI3528.1.


Current Funded Projects 

Detection of precipitation onset with implications for passive microwave rainfall retrievals. NASA New Investigator Program, NNH13ZDA001N-NIP. A. D. Rapp (PI), 2014-2017.

Multi-parameter diagnostics of cloud influences on the atmospheric energy and water cycle. NASA Energy & Water Cycle Study, NNH13ZDA001N-NEWS. T. L'Ecuyer (PI), A. D. Rapp (Co-I), 2014-2017.

Local and remote effects of subtropical cumulus convection. NASA Precipitation Measuring Missions, NNH12ZADA001N-PMM. A. D. Rapp (PI), 2013-2016.

Quantifying the water and energy budgets of marine subsidence regions. NASA Energy & Water Cycle Study, NNH10ZDA001N-NEWS. A. D. Rapp (PI), 2012-2015.

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