Travis O’Brien is a research scientist in the Climate and Ecosystem Sciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National.
Research within Travis’ group focuses on understanding the fundamental physical processes that control weather and climate phenomena that impact human and natural systems. He and his group specialize in utilizing a combination of numerical models, novel data analysis techniques, and fundamental theory to form and test hypotheses about what controls the physical characteristics and occurrence of weather patterns: from fog to extremes. This research focuses on the broad questions of:
- What causes characteristics of different weather types to vary from year to year?
- How well do different modeling approaches simulate different weather types?
- How will anthropogenic climate change affect specific weather types?