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Virendra P. Ghate

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 areas of research also 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.  He has published more than 30 (11 as lead author) papers in peer reviewed international journals, and regularly serves as reviewer for those journals. He has participated in multiple airborne, shipborne, and ground-based large field experiments conducted to improve our understanding of boundary layer clouds.  He has more than 200 hours of experience as a a flight scientist and has accumulated more than 8 months of sea time.

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 development of techniques for retrieving cloud and precipitation properties from the data collected by remote sensing instruments.


  • 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

Recent Publications:

  • Mohrmann, J., C. S. Bretheron, I. McCoy, J. McGibbon, R. Wood, V. P. Ghate, B. A. Albrecht, M. Sarkar, P. Zuidema, and R. Palikonda, 2019: Lagrangian evolution of the Northeast Pacific boundary layer structure and cloud during CSET. Under review, Mon. Weather Rev.
  • Ghate, V. P., & Cadeddu, M. P., 2019: Drizzle and turbulence below closed cellular marine stratocumulus clouds. J. of Geophys. Res.: Atmos., 124, 57245737
  • Ghate, V.P., P. Kollias, S. Crewell, A.M. Fridlind, T. Heus, U. Löehnert, M. Maahn, G.M. McFarquhar, D. Moisseev, M. Oue, M. Wendisch, and C. Williams, 2019: The Second ARM Training and Science Application Event: Training the Next Generation of Atmospheric Scientists. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 100, ES5ES9,
  • Christiansen, A., V. P. Ghate, and A. G. Carlton, 2019: Aerosol Optical Thickness: Organic Composition, Associated Particle Water, and Aloft Extinction. ACS Earth and Space Chemistry. 3, 403-412
  • Bretherton, C.S., I.L. McCoy, J. Mohrmann, R. Wood, V. P. Ghate, A. Gettelman, C.G. Bardeen, B.A. Albrecht, and P. Zuidema, 2019: Cloud, Aerosol, and Boundary Layer Structure across the Northeast Pacific Stratocumulus–Cumulus Transition as Observed during CSET. Mon. Wea. Rev., 147, 20832103,