Synoptic & Mesoscale Meteorology

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Synoptic and mesoscale meteorology encompasses what we normally associate with "weather," such as thunderstorms, tornadoes, local weather patterns, hurricanes, tropical convection, warm and cold fronts, high and low pressure systems, and jet streams. Research in this area can involve making field measurements, analyzing data, and conducting computer simulations. The ultimate goal of most research in this area is to improve weather forecasts and severe weather warnings.

Faculty

Don Conlee

Don Conlee

Instructional Professor

Meteorology forecasting and services, meteorological and oceanographic instrumentation

Craig Epifanio

Craig Epifanio

Associate Professor

Mesoscale atmospheric dynamics, topographically forced waves and wakes, numerical modeling and scientific computation

Robert Korty

Robert Korty

Associate Professor

Hurricanes, moist convection, large-scale dynamics, climate dynamics, climate variability, past climates

Timothy Logan

Timothy Logan

Assistant Professor

Director of the Houston Lightning Mapping Array Network

Aerosol-Cloud Interactions, Aerosol Chemistry, Biomass Burning Smoke, Atmospheric Electricity

John Nielsen-Gammon

John Nielsen-Gammon

Regents Professor

Texas State Climatologist

Dynamics of jet streams and cyclones, air pollution and local-scale circulation, data assimilation, applied climatology

Christopher Nowotarski

Christopher Nowotarski

Assistant Professor

Midlatitude convective storms, particularly supercell dynamics, storm/environment interactions, and probabilistic severe weather forecasting

R. Lee Panetta

R. Lee Panetta

Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and Mathematics

Large-scale flow organization and transport, theory of geophysical models, pattern-forming PDEs, numerical simulation of electromagnetic scattering

Courtney Schumacher

Courtney Schumacher

Professor

E. D. Brockett Professorship in Geosciences

Tropical meteorology, radar meteorology, mesoscale-climate interactions

Istvan Szunyogh

Istvan Szunyogh

Professor, Graduate Committee Chair

Atmospheric dynamics, predictability, numerical weather prediction, data assimilation