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Paul O'Gorman

Associate Professor

Paul O’Gorman’s research interests are in the large-­scale dynamics of the atmosphere, the hydrological cycle, moist convection, and climate change. Recent work has focused on the response of precipitation extremes to climate change, the intensity of extra-tropical storm tracks, and the difference in warming between tropical oceans and land areas.

He earned his PhD in aeronautics with a minor in applied mathematics in 2004 at the California Institute of Technology. He also holds an MSc in High-­Performance Computing and a BA in Theoretical Physics from Trinity College, Dublin. He joined the MIT faculty in 2008.


Michael P Byrne, Paul A O'Gorman (2016), Understanding decreases in land relative humidity with global warming: conceptual model and GCM simulations, Submitted to Journal of Climate on May 1st, 2016, submitted to Atmospheric and Oceanic Physics, arXiv: 1605.00380[]

Christoph Schär, Nikolina Ban, Erich M. Fischer, Jan Rajczak, Jürg Schmidli, Christoph Frei, Filippo Giorgi, Thomas R. Karl, Elizabeth J. Kendon, Albert M. G. Klein Tank, Paul A. O’Gorman, Jana Sillmann, Xuebin Zhang, Francis W. Zwiers (2016), Percentile indices for assessing changes in heavy precipitation events, Climatic Change, pp 1-16, First online: 05 April 2016, doi: 10.1007/s10584-016-1669-2

Markus G. Donat, Andrew L. Lowry, Lisa V. Alexander, Paul A. O’Gorman & Nicola Maher (2016), More extreme precipitation in the world’s dry and wet regionsNature Climate Change (2016), online March 7, doi: 10.1038/nclimate2941

Booth, J. F. and Polvani, L. and O'Gorman, P. A. and Wang, S. G. (2015) Effective stability in a moist baroclinic wave Atmospheric Science Letters, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 56-62, doi: 10.1002/asl2.520

Byrne, M. P. and O'Gorman, P. A. (2015) The Response of Precipitation Minus Evapotranspiration to Climate Warming: Why the "Wet-Get-Wetter, Dry-Get-Drier'' Scaling Does Not Hold over LandJournal of Climate, vol. 28, no. 20, pp. 8078-8092, doi: 10.1175/jcli-d-15-0369.1

Pfahl, S. and O'Gorman, P. A. and Singh, M. S. (2015) Extratropical Cyclones in Idealized Simulations of Changed Climates Journal of Climate, vol. 28, no. 23, pp. 9373-9392, doi: 10.1175/jcli-d-14-00816.1

Singh, M. S. and O'Gorman, P. A. (2015) Increases in moist-convective updraught velocities with warming in radiative-convective equilibrium Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, vol. 141, no. 692, pp. 2828-2838, doi: 10.1002/qj.2567

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Victor P. Starr Career Development Chair, MIT (2010-2013) | Minchin Prize for Mathematics and Physics, Trinity College Dublin (1997)

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Ph.D., Aeronautics (minor Applied Mathematics), California Institute of Technology, 2004
M.Sc., High Performance Computing, Trinity College Dublin, 1999
B.A., Theoretical Physics, Trinity College Dublin, 1998

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