Jonathan Lin

Jonathan Lin

Assistant Professor--Appointment is in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)


Jonathan Lin received his PhD in Atmospheric Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2022, advised by Professor Kerry Emanuel. His work broadly focuses on tropical meteorology, including tropical cyclones, equatorial waves, the Madden Julian Oscillation, and troposphere-stratosphere coupling. He is now a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University. He will join the Cornell Earth and Atmospheric Sciences department as an Assistant Professor in July 2024.

Research Interests

Dr. Lin's is an atmospheric scientist whose research has spanned a variety of topics in the tropical atmosphere. For instance, he is particularly interested in tropical cyclones (colloquially known as hurricanes), dynamic weather systems that bring about heavy rain, extreme winds, and flooding to coastal areas. His past work has focused on improving forecasting of hurricanes, understanding their predictability, and projecting how weather hazards associated with hurricanes might change with warming. Dr. Lin is also interested in intra-seasonal variability in the tropics, or tropical weather variability on the time scale from a few days to a month. In this area, his past work has tried to understand the dynamics of equatorial waves, which are weather systems that propagate along the equator, and the Madden-Julian Oscillation, an eastward propagating, global scale envelope of wind and rain that has tremendous influence on tropical and extratropical climate. Lin has additional interests in troposphere-stratosphere, particularly in the tropics.

Selected Publications

  • Lin, J., Rousseau-Rizzi, R., Lee, C. Y., & Sobel, A. (2023). An Open-Source, Physics-Based, Tropical Cyclone Downscaling Model with Intensity-Dependent Steering. Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems.
  • Lin, J., & Emanuel, K. (2023). Stratospheric modulation of the MJO through cirrus cloud feedbacks. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 80.
  • Lin, J., & Emanuel, K. (2022). On the effect of surface friction and upward radiation of energy on equatorial waves. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences.
  • Lin, J., Emanuel, K., & Vigh, J. L. (2020). Forecasts of hurricanes using large-ensemble outputs. Weather and Forecasting, 35.


  • Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA, 2022
  • B.S.E. in Computer Science, Princeton University, Princeton NJ, 2017