Scientist Profile

Dr. B. S. Murthy

: Scientist F

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Air pollution & Atmospheric boundary layer dynamics
Degree University Year Stream
Ph.D. Pune University 2001 Atmospheric Physics
M.Sc. Andhra University 1986 Physics
B.Sc. Andhra University 1984 Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry

 Thunderstorm dynamics and atmospheric electricity

 Atmospheric pollution - chemical speciation

 Atmospheric boundary layer studies: aerosols, fluxes, trace gases

 Air-sea-land interactions

Award Name Awarded By Awarded For Year
Year Designation Institute
2014-Present Scientist E Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune
2007-2014 Scientist D Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune
2003-2007 Scientist C Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune
1998-2003 Scientist B Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune
1993-1998 Junior Scientific Officer Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune
1988-1993 Senior Scientific Assistant Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune

Research Highlight

WRF simulation of a severe hailstorm over Baramati: a study into the space-time evolution

A severe hail storm that occurred over Baramati (18.150N, 74.580E, 537 m AMSL) on March 09, 2014 has been studied in terms of its initiation, organization and movement by analyzing space-time evolution of WRF-simulated radar reflectivity, vertical velocity and moisture convergence.  A physical mechanism, proposed as a conceptual model, signifies the role of multiple convective cells organizing through outflows leading to a cold frontal type flow, in the presence of a low over the northern Arabian Sea, propagates from NW to SE triggering deep convection and precipitation. A ‘U’ shaped cold pool encircled by a converging boundary forms to the north of Baramati due to precipitation behind the moisture convergence line with strong updrafts (~ 15 ms-1) leading to convective clouds extending up to ~ 8 km in a narrow region of ~ 30 km. The outflows from the convective clouds merge with the opposing southerly or southwesterly winds from the Arabian Sea and southerly or southeasterly winds from the Bay of Bengal resulting in moisture convergence (maximum 80*10-3 g kg-1 s-1). The vertical profile of the area-averaged moisture convergence over the cold pool shows strong convergence above 850 hPa and divergence near the surface indicating elevated convection.

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