Dr Benjamin Moebis

Research Fellow

Monash University

Monash University
School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment,  Monash Uni, Clayton, VIC 3800

Email: Benjamin.Moebis@monash.edu
Researcher ID: M-6629-2015

  • Diploma in Physics at the Technical University of Munich
  • PhD on "Factors Controlling the Position of the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone on an Aquaplanet" at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology and the International Max Planck Research School on Earth System Modelling
  • 2 year post-Doc at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology on various aspects of convection in the tropics


Benjamin is working on convective parameterization in the tropics. 

He focuses on the further development of the statistical multi cloud model (SMCM). The SMCM predicts convective area fractions and can be used as a cloudbase massflux closure in convection schemes. The SMCM uses Markov chains which are conditioned on large scale quantities. The SMCM is "trained" using radar observations from Darwin and according large scale quantities retrieved via reanalysis data which is corrected by a water budget analysis using the surface precipitation flux from the radar.

He is working under the supervision of Prof. Christian Jakob.

His PhD and post PhD research at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology was focused on understanding the double ITCZ bias in Climate Models. The research utilizes an aqua-planet setup of the ECHAM6 climate model and tries to identify the mechanisms and feedbacks in this model which form the convective organization into an ITCZ. The research especially tries to explore how these mechanisms and feedbacks are influenced by the parameterization of convection, the underlying SST forcing as well as cloud radiative effects.

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