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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.


Dwyer, J. G., & O’Gorman, P. A. (2017), Moist Formulations of the Eliassen–Palm Flux and Their Connection to the Surface Westerlies, Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 74(2), 513-530, doi: 10.1175/JAS-D-16-0111.1

Marotzke, J., Jakob, C., Bony, S., Dirmeyer, P.A., O'Gorman, P.A., Hawkins, E., Perkins-Kirkpatrick, S., Le Quéré, C., Nowicki, S., Paulavets, K. and Seneviratne, S.I., (2017). Climate research must sharpen its view. Nature Climate Change, doi: 10.1038/nclimate3206

Stansifer, E.M., O'Gorman, P.A. and Holt, J.I., (2016). Accurate computation of moist available potential energy with the Munkres algorithm. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, doi: 10.1002/qj.2921

Gao, X., Schlosser, C. A., O’Gorman, P., Monier, E., & Entekhabi, D. (2016), 21st Century Changes in US Regional Heavy Precipitation Frequency Based on Resolved Atmospheric Patterns, Journal of Climate, (2016), doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-16-0544.1

Byrne, M. P., & O’Gorman, P. A. (2016), Understanding decreases in land relative humidity with global warming: conceptual model and GCM simulations, Journal of Climate, 29(24), 9045-9061, doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-16-0351.1

Schär, C., Ban, N., Fischer, E.M., Rajczak, J., Schmidli, J., Frei, C., Giorgi, F., Karl, T.R., Kendon, E.J., Tank, A.M.K. and O’Gorman, P.A., (2016). Percentile indices for assessing changes in heavy precipitation events. Climatic Change, 137(1-2), 201-216.2016, 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

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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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