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.
Evaluating Vertical Profiles from Next-Generation Global Models: Operational forecasters, particularly those forecasting for potential thunderstorm events, make extensive use of model-derived soundings, which are influenced both by the underlying meteorology and many factors related to the model's formulation. This project seeks to quantify how well NCEP's next-generation FVGFS global model can forecast vertical soundings in known thunderstorm-supporting environments.
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, examining diurnal cycle influences on tropical cyclone reintensification after reemergence over water, 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.