Research Scientist

Current Research

  • Clouds and convection
  • Model development and parameterizations for General Circulation Models (GCM)
  • Process analysis by the use of Large Eddy Simulations (LES) and Cloud Resolving Models (CRM)
  • Land surfaces / Convection coupling by the use of the Radiative-Convective Equilibrium (Land RCE) idealized framework
  • Transition from shallow to deep isolated convection
  • Transition from deep isolated to organized multi-cellular convection
  • Convection and climate variability
  • Stochastic parameterizations


Atmosphere in the Earth System


Research group

Clouds and Convection



e-mail : nicolas.rochetin@we dont want

Phone : +49-40-411-173-266

Room 306


Mailing adress

Max Planck Institute for Meteorology

Bunderstrasse 53

D-20146 Hamburg




  1. Rochetin, N., Couvreux, F. and Guichard, F. (2017), Morphology of breeze circulations induced by surface flux heterogeneities and their impact on convection initiation.Q.J.R. Meteorol. Soc., 143, 463–478.
  2. Rochetin, N., Lintner, B. R., Findell, K. L., Sobel, A. H., & Gentine, P. (2014). Radiative–Convective Equilibrium over a Land Surface. Journal of Climate, 27(23), 8611-8629.
  3. Rochetin, N., Grandpeix, J. Y., Rio, C., & Couvreux, F. (2014). Deep convection triggering by boundary layer thermals. Part II: Stochastic triggering parameterization for the LMDZ GCM. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 71(2), 515-538.
  4. Rochetin, N., Couvreux, F., Grandpeix, J. Y., & Rio, C. (2014). Deep convection triggering by boundary layer thermals. Part I: LES analysis and stochastic triggering formulation. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 71(2), 496-514.
  5. Hourdin, F., Grandpeix, J. Y., Rio, C., Bony, S., Jam, A., Cheruy, F., ... & Dufresne, J. L. (2013). LMDZ5B: the atmospheric component of the IPSL climate model with revisited parameterizations for clouds and convection. Climate Dynamics, 40(9-10), 2193-2222.
  6. Rio, C., Grandpeix, J. Y., Hourdin, F., Guichard, F., Couvreux, F., Lafore, J. P., ... & Lefebvre, M. P. (2013). Control of deep convection by sub-cloud lifting processes: the ALP closure in the LMDZ5B general circulation model. Climate dynamics, 40(9-10), 2271-2292.
  7. Prigent, C., Rochetin, N., Aires, F., Defer, E., Grandpeix, J. Y., Jimenez, C., & Papa, F. (2011). Impact of the inundation occurrence on the deep convection at continental scale from satellite observations and modeling experiments.Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 116(D24).



PhD Manuscript