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Virendra P. Ghate

Principal Atmospheric Scientist


Virendra is an atmospheric scientist working at the Environmental Science Division of the Argonne National Laboratory. His primary research focuses on the dynamic, thermodynamic, and radiative processes in cloudy boundary layers. The ultimate goal of this research is to better represent these elements in the Earth System Models that will allow for improved prediction of our future climate. Additional research areas include research to understand factors affecting the boundary layer winds, so that they can be correctly represented in numerical models used for forecasting wind energy in a complex terrain environment and off-shore wind environment. 

For his research Virendra uses observations from various in situ and remote sensing instruments onboard ground-based, ship-based, airborne, and satellite platforms. His research tools include radars and lidars of various frequencies, broadband and spectral radiometers, and radiative transfer models. He has significant expertise in the developing techniques used for retrieving cloud and precipitation properties from the data collected by remote sensing instruments. And has participated in multiple airborne, shipborne, and ground-based large field experiments conducted for improving our understanding of boundary layer clouds, with more than 200 hours of experience as a a flight scientist and more than 8 months of sea time. 

He has published more than 40 (13 as lead author) articles in peer reviewed journals, and also regularly serves as reviewer for those journals. All of the peer-reviewed literature is listed on ORCID https://​orcid​.org/​0​0​0​0​-​0​0​0​1​-​6​0​6​8​-609X. For his research he has collaborated with over 70 different co-authors. Most, if not all, of the journal articles are freely available from the publisher under the online open agreement. The data and processing codes used in these work are also freely available either from the Argonne, Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) or National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) repositories. Please feel fee to contact him if you have any issues in accessing the articles, data or codes. 

Research Webpage: https://​word​press​.cels​.anl​.gov/​c​l​ouds/


  • 2006-2009: PhD in Meteorology, University of Miami
  • 2003-2006: M.S. in Meteorology, University of Miami
  • 1998-2002: B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Nagpur University


  • 2014-present: Atmospheric Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory
  • 2013-2014: Assistant Atmospheric Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory
  • 2009-2013: Research Associate, Rutgers University 
  • 2003-2009: Graduate Research Assistant, University of Miami

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