Urbana, IL 61801
I started as assistant professor in the Departments of Atmospheric Sciences and Geology on January 1, 2020.
I am interested in understanding the physical processes that shape Earth's present climate and determine how it will change in the future. Most of the questions I work on lie in the area of coupled interactions between the atmosphere, ocean, and cryosphere. For example: (i) How do the spatial patterns of surface warming impact the amount and distribution of clouds? (ii) How then does the effect of changing clouds on radiation interact with heat transport in the atmosphere and ocean to feed back onto surface warming? (iii) What can we learn about future climate changes by looking at how the Earth's climate has changed in both the near and distant past?
To answer such questions, I work at the intersection of theory, modeling, and data science.
- I use large numerical models, called Global Climate Models, or GCMs, to isolate important mechanisms and test the robustness of simple theoretical models in the face of complexity.
- I use data science methods to bring historical observations and paleoclimate proxies to bear on the theory, as well as to improve probabilistic forecasts of future climate change.
- Ultimately, I believe understanding can only come if complex dynamics can be distilled into simple theoretical models.
I am looking for new students, both graduate and undergraduate, to join my research group. I am also open to hiring a postdoc. Here are some examples of potential projects, although ultimately the ideal project would come from where our mutual interests intersect our areas of expertise.
Contact me for more details or to discuss other potential projects.
- climate sensitivity to anthropogenic greenhouse gases
- cloud and radiative feedbacks.
- coupled atmosphere-ocean dynamics
- stochastic climate variability
- data science
Ph.D., Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University, 2017
B.A., Physics, Princeton University, 2009
Additional Campus Affiliations
Department of Geology
- Full Publication list
- Dong, Y., C. Proistosescu, K.C. Armour, D.S. Battisti (2019): Attributing historical and future evolution of radiative feedbacks to regional warming patterns using a Green’s function approach: The preeminence of the west Pacific. Journal of Climate. (pdf)
- Proistosescu, C., A. Donohoe, K. C. Armour, M. F. Stuecker, G. H. Roe, C. M. Bitz (2018): Radiative feedbacks from stochastic variability in surface temperature and radiative imbalance. Geophysical Research Letters. (pdf) (EOS highlight)
- Proistosescu, C., P. Huybers (2017): Slow Mode Reconciles Estimates of Climate Sensitivity from Models and Observations. Science Advances. (pdf)