Pornampai Narenpitak

Research Associate

Clouds, Aerosol, & Climate

NOAA Chemical Sciences Laboratory
325 Broadway, R/CSL9
Boulder, CO 80305 USA




Pornampai “Ping-Ping” Narenpitak conducts research on shallow convection and mesoscale organization of shallow cumuli using high resolution simulations. She joined NOAA CSL upon completing her PhD to work in the Clouds, Aerosol, & Climate group and is part of the Atlantic Tradewind Ocean–Atmosphere Mesoscale Interaction Campaign (ATOMIC). Her previous research focused on boundary-layer cloud feedbacks and tropical cyclogenesis predictability in aquaplanet cloud-permitting and large eddy models.


2019: Ph.D., Atmospheric Sciences
           University of Washington, Seattle, WA
2017: M.S., Atmospheric Sciences
           University of Washington, Seattle, WA
2014: B.S., Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences & Applied Mathematics
           University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI


A modeling component of ATOMIC includes simulating a transition of shallow cumuli and their states of mesoscale organization observed during the field study. On February 2-3, 2020, a transition from “sugar” to “flowers” occurred over the Atlantic Ocean east of Barbados, where NOAA’s research ship Ronald H. Brown was stationed. A Lagrangian large eddy simulation can reproduce the organization event well. More details can be found in the presentations on the top left.

Current Topics

Shallow cumulus and its impacts on climate
Mesoscale organization of shallow cumulus clouds
Cloud-radiative interaction
ATOMIC/EUREC4 A field project

Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

last modified: January 15, 2021