Ramesh SrivastavaProfessor, Emeritus

Research Focus:
Cloud microphysics and dynamics, radar meteorology
(312) 502-7139
Hinds 521

Research Interests

My research interests are in the areas of cloud microphysics, cloud dynamics and radar meteorology. The central problem of cloud microphysics is understanding the development of precipitation starting from the vapor phase. We are conducting theoretical studies of the formation of cloud drops and raindrops, and their size distributions, by the processes of condensation of water vapor and coalescence and breakup of drops. The results of the theoretical studies are compared with observations from field experiments.

In the area of radar meteorology, I am involved in the analysis and interpretation of radar observations of precipitation and the development and testing of new methods for the remote estimation of raindrop size distribution, rainwater content, rainfall rate and water vapor distribution.

Selected Publications

  • Tian, L., G. M. Heymsfield, A. Heymsfield, A. Bansemar, L. Li, C. H. Twohy, R. C. Srivastava, 2010: A Study of cirrus particle size distribution using TC4 observations. J. Atmos. Sci., 67, 195-216.
  • Tian, L., G. M. Heymsfield, L. Li, and R. C Srivastava (2007), Properties of light stratiform rain derived from 10- and 94-GHz airborne Doppler radars measurements. J. Geophys. Res., 112, D11211, doi:10.1029/2006JD008144.   
  • Wakimoto, R. and R.C. Srivastava, editors (2003) Radar in Atmospheric Sciences, American Met. Soc. Monos.


Visiting Scientist                                                    Oct. 2008-Jun 2009

University of Chicago
Professor 1978 – 2008
Associate Professor 1972 – 1978
Assistant Professor 1969 – 1972

National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO
Chief Scientist, National Hail Research Experiment              1976
Visiting Scientist                                                              1983 – 1984

Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune, India
Senior Scientist                                                               1966 – 1967                
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole
Assistant Scientist                                                           1964 – 1966
National Physical Laboratory, New Delhi, India
Junior Scientist                                                                1955 – 1962

Fellow American Meteorological Society
Fellow Royal Meteorological Society

American Meteorological Society: "The Teaching Excellence Award.