Sam Stechmann

Associate Professor, Dept of Mathematics
Affiliated Faculty, Dept of Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences
Affiliated Faculty, Center for Climate Research

Applied Math
University of Wisconsin–Madison

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My research is in applied math and atmospheric science:
  • Multiscale models, stochastic processes, PDEs, numerical methods
  • Tropical weather and climate, clouds and convection, convectively coupled waves, Madden-Julian Oscillation

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2013 Cover Article
Climate science in the tropics: waves, vortices, and PDEs
  • Khouider B, Majda A J, Stechmann S N, 2013: Climate science in the tropics: waves, vortices, and PDEs. Nonlinearity 26, R1-R68. Invited review. [ pdf , journal ]

The Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO): a nonlinear oscillator model

  • Thual S, Majda A J, Stechmann S N, 2014: A stochastic skeleton model for the MJO. J. Atmos. Sci. 71, 697-715. [ pdf , journal ]

  • Majda A J, Stechmann S N, 2011: Multiscale theories for the MJO. Intraseasonal Variability in the Atmosphere-Ocean Climate System, 2nd edition. Lau W K M, Waliser D E, editors. [ pdf, book ]

  • Majda A J, Stechmann S N, 2011: Nonlinear dynamics and regional variations in the MJO skeleton. J. Atmos. Sci., 68, 3053-3071. [ pdf , journal ]

  • Majda A J, Stechmann S N, 2009: The skeleton of tropical intraseasonal oscillations. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 106, 8417-8422. [ pdf, journal ]


Stochastic models for tropical precipitation and extreme events

  • Stechmann S N, Neelin J D, 2014: First-passage-time prototypes for precipitation statistics. J. Atmos. Sci. 71, 3269-3291. [ pdf , journal ]

  • Stechmann S N, Neelin J D, 2011: A stochastic model for the transition to strong convection. J. Atmos. Sci., 68, 2955-2970. [ pdf , journal ]


Multiscale models for cumulus cloud dynamics

  • Stechmann S N, 2014: Multiscale eddy simulation for moist atmospheric convection: Preliminary investigation. J. Comput. Phys. 271, 99-117. [ pdf , journal ]

  • Stechmann S N, Stevens B, 2010: Multiscale models for cumulus cloud dynamics. J. Atmos. Sci., 67, 3269-3285. [ pdf, journal ]


Minimal models for precipitating turbulent convection
  • Hernandez-Duenas G, Majda A J, Smith L M, Stechmann S N, 2013: Minimal models for precipitating turbulent convection. J. Fluid Mech. 717, 576-611. [ pdf , journal ]