AOS Research Staff Profile
I'm working (and continuously learning) toward understanding why our atmosphere is like it is, from the small-scale processes (microphysics, convection, and gravity waves) to the large-scale atmospheric circulations. My publications (below) have been about how cloud processes (microphysics, radiation, and dynamics) affect the large-scale profiles of atmospheric temperature and water vapor. Currently, I'm experimenting with GCMs to study the large-scale dynamics, in particular the Brewer-Dobson circulation in the stratosphere. Later, in climate variability experiments, I will explore and study processes in the troposphere, which are typically much more complex than stratospheric processes.
Dinh, T. and S. Fueglistaler, 2014: Microphysical, radiative and dynamical impacts of thin cirrus clouds on humidity in the tropical tropopause layer and lower stratosphere, Geophys. Res. Lett., 41, 6949‒6955, doi:10.1002/2014GL061289.
Dinh, T. and S. Fueglistaler, 2014: Cirrus, transport, and mixing in the tropical upper troposphere. J. Atmos. Sci., 71(4), 1339‒1352, doi:10.1175/JAS-D-13-0147.1.
Dinh, T., S. Fueglistaler, D. R. Durran, and T. Ackerman, 2014: Cirrus and water vapour transport in the tropical tropopause layer ‒ Part 2: Roles of ice nucleation and sedimentation, cloud dynamics, and moisture conditions. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 14(22), 12225‒12236, doi: 10.5194/acp-14-12225-2014.
Dinh, T., D. R. Durran, and T. Ackerman, 2012: Cirrus and water vapor transport in the tropical tropopause layer ‒ Part 1: A specific case modeling study. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 12(20), 9799‒9815, doi:10.5194/acp-12-9799-2012.
Dinh, T. and D. R. Durran, 2012: A hybrid bin scheme to solve the condensation/evaporation equation using a cubic distribution function. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 12(2), 1003‒1011, doi:10.5194/acp-12-1003-2012.
Dinh, T., D. R. Durran, and T. Ackerman, 2010: Maintenance of tropical tropopause layer cirrus. J. Geophys. Res., 115(D02104), doi:10.1029/2009JD012735.
Durran, D. R., T. Dinh, M. Ammerman, and T. Ackerman, 2009: The mesoscale dynamics of thin tropical tropopause cirrus. J. Atmos. Sci., 66(9), 2859‒2873, doi:10.1175/2009JAS3046.1.
Numerical Model Development for Cirrus Clouds
I have developed a bin scheme that resolves the evolution of the size spectrum of cloud droplets and ice crystals (see Dinh and Durran, 2012). The code is very light and can be used in stand-alone mode, or easily coupled into a cloud resolving model for simulations of cirrus clouds. I am very keen to have other people using the code and/or help developing it. Please email me if you are interested.
Outside of Work
In addition to the atmospheric sciences, I'm fascinated by anything related to sciences and mathematics. With the rest of the time I travel and learn photography. This link takes you to a collection of photographs taken during my journeys around the world.