Hi, I am an atmospheric scientist interested in tropical meteorology, mesoscale meteorology, and climate. I like to approach new problems through a variety of methods, from theoretical thermodynamics and fluid dynamics, to numerical simulations and observational and reanalysis data treatment.

Currently a Ph. D. candidate in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at MIT, I research the causes of Atlantic hurricane activity variability alongside Prof. Kerry Emanuel. I am also broadly interested in improving our theoretical understanding of the sensitivities of mesoscale severe weather events.

I love spending time outdoors hiking, sailing and trail running, or indoors peering at a cup of tea as exciting ways to explore nature and experience first hand the meteorological marvels of our world!

On this website, you will find summaries of my research interests, my publications, my teaching curriculum, and links to my favorite science references. All the background photos are taken by yours truly, a weather passionate but not a photographer. Please excuse the quality but enjoy the convection. Happy visit!


My present-day research assesses the causes of tropical cyclones (TC) climate variability, with an emphasis on the role of dust aerosols. I approach the problem through simple model development and a combination of reanalysis data and EOF-like methods. Recently, I have also worked on the thermodynamics of TCs, on theoretical bounds on TC intensity, and on deep convective initiation.



My teaching goal is that students develop both a deep understanding of the fundamentals, and the ability to transfer these concepts to work or research applications. I believe that active learning techniques rather than classical lectures are the way to bring students to that level.


Suggested Readings

Here are some of my favorite references on atmospheric sciences, mostly related to my recent studies on tropical cyclones. I also share links to other fun resources outside of the field.




rrizzi AT mit DOT edu


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Massachusetts Institute of Technology,

Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences,

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