Are you interested in joining an engaging research team that conducts exciting research into mesoscale phenomena? My research group has openings for two to three graduate students, level of study open, to join us beginning in Fall 2018. Research projects that prospective graduate students may be engaged with include:
Overland Tropical Cyclone Reintensification: Previous research by Prof. Evans and others has quantified the importance of surface enthalpy fluxes over strongly-heated wet land surfaces to overland tropical cyclone reintensification. This project seeks to reconcile competing theories as to the physical processes that result in the requisite enthalpy fluxes and thus clarify how tropical cyclones can be maintained or intensify over land.
Climatological Analysis of Indirect Tropical Cyclone Interactions: It is well-known that tropical cyclones can interact with the large-scale flow, often resulting in downstream flow amplification. Less well-known, however, is how frequently these result in impacts to other tropical cyclones and, subsequently, basin-scale predictability. This research seeks to perform a climatology of tropical cyclone and trough/ridge interactions that result in indirect impacts to other tropical cyclones.
Intrinsic Short-Range Predictability of Convection Initiation: Owing to its senstivity to atmospheric processes from the micro- to the synoptic-scales, perhaps the most challenging forecast problem is that of initial thunderstorm formation. This project seeks to build off of recent research by Prof. Evans and others to quantify the intrinsic limits to short-range (3-18 h) thunderstorm formation predictability within realistic thunderstorm environments.
Other potential projects include quantifying the influence of sea surface temperature uncertainty on cold-season severe weather predictability, evaluting vertical profile fidelity in next-generation global model forecasts, and examining the sensitivity of thunderstorm-induced cold pool interactions with the marine atmospheric boundary layer to the treatment of the water surface.
Financial support is available to support students on these projects. Students often have the opportunity to present their research at AMS conferences, and it is my goal for all students to publish their research in AMS journals. Group alumni have a strong track record of post-graduation employment across the field. I'm happy to help prospective students shape these or related ideas in support of applications to graduate fellowship programs. To express interest in or for more information about these opportunities, please contact Prof. Evans.