Michael McIntyre (1941-), mathematician, has spent most of his career at the University of Cambridge in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, where he has developed understanding of the fluid dynamics of the atmosphere, especially the stratosphere. Among his achievements are the clarification of how a process called 'gyroscopic pumping' drives the global-scale stratospheric circulation in which the'ozone hole' is formed, and the discovery (with Tim Palmer) of the world's largest breaking waves (in the stratosphere) by mapping distributions of a property of the atmosphere called ‘potential vorticity’. More recently, he has worked on fluid dynamics of systems beyond the Earth, including the Sun’s interior and ‘jets’ on Jupiter. Michael’s many other research interests, detailed in a substantial personal website, include musical acoustics, perception psychology and lucid writing, and what's simple about the Earth's climate system.
- Michael McIntyre
- 1941 Sydney, Australia
- Atmospheric scientist
- Atmospheric Science
- University of Otago, New Zealand; University of Cambridge
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Michael McIntyre: tea leaves, the ozone hole and 'gyroscopic pumping'
Michael McIntyre demonstrates the process of 'gyroscopic pumping', a fundamental fluid-dynamical mechanism that's also responsible for the way in which man-made chlorofluorocarbons move through the stratosphere, leading to the formation of the 'ozone hole'.