In the last segment of its Black, Gold and Green Speaker Series, the Hixon Center welcomed Simona Bordoni, professor of environmental science and engineering at Caltech. Bordoni presented her talk, “Where, When and Why Does It Rain?” to an audience of students, faculty, staff and community members at lunchtime on April 11th in the Shanahan Center’s SkyCube (room 3460).
In her talk, Bordoni discussed how atmospheric circulation and energy transfer shape precipitation patterns around the world. She explained the fundamental dynamics of tropical circulations, including the Hadley cell’s role in shaping large-scale monsoons, and their coupling with the hydrological cycle. She elaborated upon how observational data and climate models are used to observe, predict and understand how water is transferred around the world, and how otherwise predictable weather and climate patterns might shift due to climate change.
Bordoni completed her PhD in Atmospheric Sciences at the University of California in Los Angeles in 2007, and later in the same year she was a Moore Postdoctoral Scholar at Caltech. She subsequently worked at the National Center for Atmospheric Research as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Advanced Study Program, before returning to Caltech in 2009 as an Assistant Professor.
A video recording of Simona Bordoni’s talk will soon be made available.