Mausumi Dikpati
Scientist III

High Altitude Observatory
National Center for Atmospheric Research
Boulder, Colorado USA 80307

I am currently a Scientist III in the High Altitude Observatory of the National Center for Atmospheric Research. My primary research interest is understanding the solar cycle, namely modeling a flux transport dynamo for the Sun and simulating the cyclic features. I am the first to develop a flux transport dynamo based predictive tool which has been applied to predict cycle 24 properties -- (i) the delayed onset, (ii) a strong cycle 24. The delayed onset of cycle 24 has been verified; however we are waiting to see the peak amplitude of cycle 24 in about 3 years.

Recently I have been developing a sequential data assimilation technique, a technique that is being used over the past 40 years in the atmospheric and oceanic prediction models. My goal is to simultaneously forecast timing, amplitude and shape of a solar cycle.

I have also been spending a fair amount of time in clarifying issues with Doppler plasma flow versus magnetic feature tracking speed, namely which one constitutes the Sun's conveyor belt. More about this can be found in Dikpati, Gilman and Ulrich (2010).

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