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Dr. Udaya Bhaskar Gunturu

Udaya Bhaskar Gunturu, PhD

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Research Interests

Dr. Gunturu interested in the study of atmospheric processes using theory and modeling of the physical and chemical processes of the atmosphere.
The modulation of cloud microphysics and precipitation formation in deep convective clouds is being addressed by developing an Aerosol-Cloud resolving model in which aerosol physical and chemical processes, and aerosol activation in particular, are explicitly represented. Greater fraction of precipitation in the tropics is from these deep convective clouds. Better understanding of these interactions is the key to the elucidation of precipitation formation in these clouds. It is significant that the frequency and magnitude of extreme precipitation from these clouds are on the rise with climate change.
As the world gears itself for an era of renewable energy, assessment and forecasting of wind and solar resources stand out as the imminent challenges. Dr. Gunturu studies the resource assessment, prediction and the modulation of these resources by large-scale atmospheric processes. These studies help us characterize the abundance, variability and intermittency of wind and solar resources and also in formulating optimal strategies for their harvesting in each region.

Selected Publications

  • The Potential Wind Power Resource in Australia: A New Perspective
    W. Hallgren, U.B. Gunturu, A. Schlosser
    PLoS ONE, Volume 9, Issue 7, Article number e99608, (2014)

  • Characterization of the Wind Power Resource in Europe and its Intermittency
    A. Cosseron, U.B. Gunturu, C.A. Schlosser
    Energy Procedia, Volume 40, 2013, Pages 58-66, (2013)
  • Characterization of wind power resource in the United States
    U.B. Gunturu, C.A. Schlosser
    Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, Volume 12, Issue 20, Pages 9687-9702, (2012)
  • Education

    • Ph.D., Atmospheric Sciences, MIT, Cambridge MA, USA, 2010

    Professional Profile

    • 2010-2013: Postdoctoral Associate, MIT, Cambridge MA, USA

    KAUST Affiliations

    Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE)