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Sourav Taraphdar

Advanced Study & Development
Post Doctorate RA A
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
MSIN: K9-24
Richland, WA 99352

Research Interests

  • Tropical Cyclone
  • Indian Summer Monsoon
  • Predictability of Highly convective systems
  • Moist Physical Processes

Education and Credentials

  • Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science, University of Pune (worked place Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology), India
  • M.Tech in Atmospheric Physics, University of Pune, India
  • M.Sc in Physics, Guru GhasiDas University, India
  • B.Sc in Physics (Hons), Mathematics, Electronics, University of Calcutta, India

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • American Meteorological Society

PNNL Publications


  • Balaguru K, S Taraphdar, LYR Leung, and GR Foltz. 2014. "Increase in the Intensity of Postmonsoon Bay of Bengal Tropical Cyclones." Geophysical Research Letters 41(10):3594-3601.  doi:10.1002/2014GL060197
  • Balaguru K, S Taraphdar, LYR Leung, GR Foltz, and JA Knaff. 2014. "Cyclone-cyclone Interactions through the Ocean Pathway." Geophysical Research Letters 41(19):6855-6862.  doi:10.1002/2014GL061489
  • Taraphdar S, P Mukhopadhyay, LYR Leung, F Zhang, S Abhilash, and BN Goswami. 2014. "The Role of Moist Processes in the Intrinsic Predictability of Indian Ocean Cyclones." Journal of Geophysical Research. D. (Atmospheres) 119(13):8032-8048.  doi:10.1002/2013JD021265


  • Hazra A, S Taraphdar, M Halder, S Pokhrel, HS Chaudhari, K Salunke, P Mukhopadhyay, and SA Rao. 2013. "Indian Summer Monsoon Drought 2009: Role of Aerosol and Cloud Microphysics." Atmospheric Science Letters 14(3):181-186.  doi:10.1002/asl2.437
  • Hazra A, P Mukhopadhyay, S Taraphdar, JP Chen, and WR Cotton. 2013. "Impact of Aerosols on Tropical Cyclones: An Investigation Using Convection-permitting Model Simulation." Journal of Geophysical Research. D. (Atmospheres) 118(13):7157-7168.  doi:10.1002/jgrd.50546
  • Manoj MG, PCS Devara, and S Taraphdar. 2013. "Lidar Investigation of Tropical Nocturnal Boundary Layer Aerosols and Cloud Macrophysics." Atmospheric Research 132-133:65-75.  doi:10.1016/j.atmosres.2013.05.007

Selected Publications


  • Chakravarty K, P Mukhopadhyay, and S Taraphdar. 2011. “Cloud microphysical properties as revealed by the CAIPEEX and satellite observations and evolution of a cloud system resolving model simulation of contrasting large scale environments.” J. Atmos. Solar Terres. Phys., 73:1790-1797. doi:10.1016/j.jastp.2011.04.006.
  • Mukhopadhyay P, S Taraphdar, and BN Goswami. 2011. “Influence of moist processes on track and intensity forecast of cyclones over the North Indian Ocean.” J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 116:D05116. doi:10.1029/2010JD014700.


  • Taraphdar S, P Mukhopadhyay, and BN Goswami. 2010. "Predictability of Indian summer monsoon weather during active and break phases using a high resolution regional model." Geophys. Res. Lett., 37: L21812. doi:10.1029/2010GL044969.

  • Mukhopadhyay P, S Taraphdar, BN Goswami, and K Krishnakumar. 2010. “Indian summer monsoon precipitation climatology in a high resolution regional climate model: Impact of convective parameterization on systematic biases.” Wea. Forecasting, 25:369-387. doi:10.1175/2009WAF2222320.1.


  • Taraphdar S, J Sanjay, and P Mukhopadhyay. 2009. "On northward movement of convergence zones along west coast of India in a real-time forecast." Meteorl. Atmos. Phys., 104:177–189. doi:10.1007/s00703-009-0025-8.


  • Sanjay J, S Joshi, and S Taraphdar. 2007. "Numerical simulation of heavy rainfall over Ratnagiri on May 30, 2006 using WRF." Vayu Mandal, 33:39-50.
  • Sanjay J, S Taraphdar, M Rajeevan, G B Pant, and P C Joshi. 2007. "Vegetation feedbacks on regional climate model forecasts over Indian region." Vayu Mandal, 33:18–27.
  • Taraphdar S, J Sanjay, and P Mukhopadhyay. 2007. "On northward propagation of convergence zones along west coast of India in NCEP forecasts during onset of summer monsoon 2006." Vayu Mandal, 33:58-69.

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