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Timothy Cronin

Assistant Professor

Tim Cronin is an Assistant Professor of Atmospheric Science in Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at MIT. The focus of his research is on the role of regional-scale atmospheric dynamics, radiative transfer, and coupled surface-atmosphere interactions in the climate system. He combines pencil-and-paper theory and simplified numerical models of the atmosphere to test hypotheses about climate sensitivity, climates of the distant past, and interactions between weather and climate.


Cronin, T. W., and M. F. Jansen. (2016), Analytic radiative-advective equilibrium as a model for high-latitude climate, Geophys. Res. Lett., 43, 449457, doi: 10.1002/2015GL067172

Payne, A. E., M. F. Jansen, and T. W. Cronin (2015), Conceptual model analysis of the influence of temperature feedbacks on polar amplification, Geophys. Res. Lett., 42, 95619570, doi: 10.1002/2015GL065889

Cronin, T. W. and Tziperman, E. (2015) Low clouds suppress Arctic air formation and amplify high-latitude continental winter warming, PNAS 2015 112 (37) 11490-11495, doi:10.1073/pnas.1510937112

Cronin, T. W., Emanuel, K. A. and Molnar, P. (2015), Island precipitation enhancement and the diurnal cycle in radiative-convective equilibrium, Q.J.R. Meteorol. Soc., 141: 1017–1034, doi: 10.1002/qj.2443

Molnar, P. and T. W. Cronin (2015), Growth of the Maritime Continent and its possible contribution to recurring Ice Ages, Paleoceanography, 30, 196225, doi: 10.1002/2014PA002752

Wing, A. A. and Cronin, T. W. (2015), Self-aggregation of convection in long channel geometr, Q.J.R. Meteorol. Soc., 142: 1–15, doi: 10.1002/qj.2628

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NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship (2014-2016) | Harvard University Center for the Environment Postdoctoral Fellowship (2014-2016) |Award for Excellence in Teaching, for role as Teaching Assistant in Spring 2013 course “Theoretical Environmental Analysis”, EAPS, MIT (2013) | Martin Fellow, Martin Family Society of Fellows for Sustainability, MITEI (2011-2012) | Climate Co-Lab finalist and presenter to US Congress, MIT Center forCollective Intelligence (2010) | Presidential Fellow, MIT (2009-2010)

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Ph.D., Climate Physics and Chemistry, MIT, 2014
B.A., (with High Honors) Physics and Math (Minor) Swathmore College, 2006

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