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Timothy Cronin

Associate Professor

Tim Cronin is an Associate Professor of Atmospheric Science in the Department of 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.


Freese, L.M. and Cronin, T.W. (2021). Antarctic Radiative and Temperature Responses to a Doubling of CO2, Geophysical Research Letters 48 (17), e2021GL093676

Abbott, T.H. and Cronin, T.W. (2021), Aerosol invigoration of atmospheric convection through increases in humidity, Science 371 (6524), 83-85

Cronin, T.W. and Chavas, D.R. (2019), Dry and semidry tropical cyclones, Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences 2019 (1), 1-20

Lutsko, N.J. and Cronin, T.W. (2018), Increase in Precipitation Efficiency With Surface Warming in Radiative‐Convective Equilibrium, Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems 10 (11), 2992-3010

Koll, D. and Cronin, T.W. (2018), Earth’s outgoing longwave radiation linear due to H2O greenhouse effect, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115, 10293-10298

Cronin, T.W. and Wing, A.A. (2017), Clouds, Circulation, and Climate Sensitivity in a Radiative-Convective Equilibrium Channel Model, Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems 9, 2883–2905

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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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