David Romps, Professor

Closed (1) Using Computer Vision to Investigate Atmospheric Clouds

Applications for Fall 2019 are now closed for this project.

The goal of this project is to develop and implement algorithms for analysis and interpretation of stereo photogrammetry to improve our understanding of atmospheric clouds. We have installed a ring of three stereo camera pairs at a facility in the Southern Great Plains to sample shallow cumulus clouds in a 6 km × 6 km × 6 km volume. We collect stereo images from each pair at a 20-second time interval and process them to extract various measurements on shallow cumulus clouds such as their heights, sizes, mass distribution, and lifetimes.

The tasks for this project include inspecting these images, analyzing stereo reconstruction data, and implementing image processing routines to extract relevant measurements.

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Rusen Oktem, Staff Researcher

Qualifications: Experience with programming in C++ and/or Python is required. Prior exposure to numerical analysis and linear systems will be helpful.

Weekly Hours: to be negotiated

Related website: http://romps.berkeley.edu

Closed (2) Climate Physics

Applications for Fall 2019 are now closed for this project.

One or two students are sought to lead projects on unanswered questions in the physics of climate. For example, a potential project is to study whether the tropopause remains at a fixed temperature as the climate warms, which would produce a positive feedback on global warming. Other potential projects include an analysis of the impact of air pollution on the intensity of storms, or an analysis of the long-term warming impact of natural gas versus coal.

The successful candidate(s) will select a project and perform research in collaboration with Professor Romps.

Qualifications: Competitive candidates will have strong backgrounds in math and physics.

Weekly Hours: to be negotiated

Related website: http://romps.berkeley.edu