The MCT Research Group at Purdue University is dedicated to
understanding the dynamical and physical structure of marine convective boundary
layers that form in cold air outbreaks over relatively warmer water, as well
as deep convective systems over land that develop into
supercell tornadic thunderstorms.
Research conducted within the Department of Earth and Atmospheric
Sciences focuses on both the theoretical and experimental investigation of
convective systems that evolve in response to quasi-uniform heating from below
and/or cooling from above within planetary boundary layers (PBL's). Theoretical
studies start with classical Benard-Rayleigh Theory and extend to current
Large Eddy Simulations (LES) models of turbulent convective PBL's. Field
studies focus on wintertime cold air outbreaks over Lake Michigan, as well
as the warm Gulf Stream and Kuroshio Ocean Currents. Statistical and climatological
studies are also of interest, including favored regions of
mesoscale cellular convection and geographical and seasonal variation
in tornado activity.