Scientist Profile

Dr.(Smt.) Thara Prabhakaran

: Scientist F

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Cloud microphysics
Degree University Year Stream
Ph.D. Uni. of Natural Resources & Appl. Life Sciences (BOKU), Austria 1996 Atmospheric Sciences
M.Tech. University of Pune 1991 Atmospheric Sciences
M.Sc. University of Pune 1989 Physics

  Meso and microscale modeling and simulation

  Boundary Layer Meteorology

 Cloud microphysics

Award Name Awarded By Awarded For Year
Member WMO Expert Team on Weather Modification Expert in the Field 2016
Research fellowship Austrian Academic Exchange, Govt. of Austria Research 1993
Merit scholarship Kerala Educational board Best Performance 1982
Year Designation Institute
2018-Present Scientist F Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune
2013-2017 Scientist E Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune
2008-2013 Scientist D Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune
2008-2008 Visiting Scientist National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO, USA
2001-2008 Postdoctoral Associate University of Georgia, USA
1998-2000 Scientist D Indira Gandhi Center for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam
1997-1998 Visiting Scientist Indira Gandhi Center for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam, India
1997-1997 Postdoctoral fellow Institute for Meteorology and Physics, Vienna, Austria

Research Highlight

Diurnal cycle of convection during the CAIPEEX 2011 experiment

  • In the diurnal cycle, double maximum in the precipitation flux is noted—one during the afternoon hours associated with the diurnal heating and the other in the nocturnal periods.
  • The nocturnal precipitation maximum is attributed to initiation of several single-cell storms with a duration that is larger than the storms initiated during the daytime.
  • The convective available potential energy (CAPE) showed a diurnal variation and was directly linked with the surface level water vapor content
  • In the evening or late night hours, a nocturnal low-level jet present over the location together with the reduced stability above the cloud base favored enhancement of low-level moisture, CAPE, and further initiation of new convection
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