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Sarthak Mohanty

PhD Student

Monash University


Sarthak completed his BS-MS dual degree in earth sciences from Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Kolkata. His MS thesis is primarily based on the topic “Indian monsoon precipitation variation; Role of Northern Indian ocean warming and increase in inter-ocean thermal gradient”. He received his final degree in June 2019. He is currently pursuing his doctor of philosophy under Prof. Christian Jakob in the school of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment, Monash University, Australia. His project mainly focuses on the Moisture Static Energy budget on precipitation variation.

THESIS: Understanding Australia's Precipitation Through Moist Static Energy Budget

For the first time, this research emphasises the role of column integrated moist static energy (MSE) budget to visualise the precipitation pattern over northern Australia using both observed and model data. Besides, each component in MSE budget, including horizontal and vertical advection and transient eddy flux divergence, will be computed separately to find their linkage with global and regional circulation and precipitation. This project also aims to find the correlation between MSE and precipitation in different experimental conditions like controlled and warming environments.