TEXAS TECH ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE JOINS NOAA COOPERATIVE INSTITUTE - September 2021
Texas Tech has joined the NOAA Cooperative Institute for Severe and High-Impact Weather Research and Operations. The partnership is led by the University of Oklahoma and includes The Pennsylvania State University, Howard University and SUNY-Albany. Over the next 5-10 years, we are excited to embark on colaborative research to further NOAA objectives, improving our understanding of severe and high-impact weather, and producing better forecasts and warnings that save life and property.
DR. HENDERSON RECEIVES NOAA GRANT AND STIPEND - June 2021
Dr. Jen Henderson recently received a grant from the 2021 NOAA-WPO-SBES ($422,603) to continue research with her co-PI Erik Nielsen (TAMU) on public vulnerability to overlapping weather hazards during landfalling tropical cyclones. She also received a stipend from the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado, Boulder, to publish previously collected Twitter data from a NOAA Vortex Southeast grant on overlapping hazards during Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Florence. Congratulations!
DR. PAL RECEIVES TWO GRANTS - May 2021
Dr. Sandip Pal recently received two grants: One within the 2021-NOAA-OAR program ($335,981) and another within the 2021-NASA-SBIR Phase I program ($17,096). Pal will be also working for the development of a Phase II project within the NASA SBIR/STTR program in 2021. Congrats Dr. Pal!
DR. WEISS RECEIVES TWO NOAA GRANTS - Nov. 2020
Dr. Chris Weiss has received two grants related to the Verification of the Origin of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiment - Southeast (VORTEX-SE) project, one for analysis of existing data and another for data collection in the upcoming Propagation, Evolution and Rotation in Linear Storms (PERiLS) project (delayed to Spring 2022).
DR. SANDIP PAL NOMINATED TO AMS COMMITTEE - Nov. 2020
Dr. Sandip Pal was recently nominated for membership on the AMS Committee for Measurements.
DR. JENNIFER HENDERSON ELECTED TO AMS BOARD - Nov. 2020
Dr. Jennifer Henderson was recently elected to be the Chair of the Board on Societal Impacts for the American Meteorological Society. She will be overseeing two symposia at the AMS Annual Meeting (Societal Applications and Weather Ready Nation) and will also run the specialty Weather Warnings and Communication Conference. Congratulations!
DR. PAL NAMED ASSOCIATE EDITOR - Aug. 2020
Dr. Sandip Pal has been named an Associate Editor of Frontiers in Remote Sensing (Board of Lidar Sensing).
DR. HENDERSON NAMED ASSOCIATE EDITOR - Nov. 2020
Dr. Jennifer Henderson was recently named an Associate Editor for the American Meteorological Society journal Weather, Climate and Society.
TEXAS TECH AT THE AMS CAREER FAIR - Jan. 2020
Texas Tech Atmospheric Science faculty and students participated in the annual American Meteorological Society career fair. We enjoyed meeting a number of prospective students!
GEOSTATIONARY LIGHTNING MAPPER IMAGERY DEVELOPED BY DR. BRUNING - Dec. 2019
The TTU lightning research group has developed a data processing method for NOAA's new space-based optical lightning sensor that quantifies and helps visualize the mesoscale meteorological processes that control where lightning takes place and how far it extends in the cloud. It has been adopted by the US National Weather Service as the primary GLM product for display in operations. Ongoing funding from NASA and NOAA continues to support this effort.
ATMO STUDENT WINS BEST PRESENTATION AWARD - Nov. 2019
Jannick Fischer, a Ph.D. student in the Atmospheric Science Group, won the award for best oral presentation ("Outflow Surges in Simulated Supercell-Like Storms and their Influence on Tornado Development") at the European Severe Storms Conference in Krakow, Poland. Congratulations Jannick!
ATMO FACULTY PRESENT AT THE EUROPEAN SEVERE STORMS CONFERENCE - Nov. 2019
Drs. Christopher Weiss, Johannes Dahl and Brian Ancell presented ongoing research at the 10th European Conference on Severe Storms in Krakow, Poland.
DRS. SCHROEDER, ANCELL AND HIRTH LAND A NEW PROJECT FROM THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY - Aug. 2019
The project will help reduce loss of life and property due to windstorms and is focused on improving our understanding of these devastating events. The project will use new techniques to revolutionize our knowledge of the low-level wind structure in hurricanes and thunderstorms with the intent to inform building codes and standards, and provide inputs and validation for engineering-based numerical, experimental and empirical modeling efforts to mitigate future loss.
ATMO FACULTY PRESENT AT THE 18TH AMS CONFERENCE ON MESOSCALE PROCESSES - Aug. 2019
Dr. Sandip Pal presented ongoing research at the 18th AMS Conference on Mesoscale Processes, Title: Advected Airmass Reservoirs in the Downwind of Mountains and their Roles in Overrunning Boundary Layer Depths over the Plains
NASA SPONSORED ACT-AMERICA FIELD CAMPAIGN- July 2019
Dr. Sandip Pal participated in the ACT-America campaign as the Mission Scientist aboard a NASA C130 measuring atmospheric state variables and greenhouse gases inside and above the atmospheric boundary layer. The purpose of the study is to learn more about frontal modifications of boundary layer dynamics and greenhouse gases.
THE TARGETED OBSERVATIONS BY RADAR AND UAS OF SUPERCELLS PROJECT - May 2019
Dr. Christopher Weiss and seven students from the Texas Tech University Department of Geosciences and National Wind Institute participated in the first field phase of the Targeted Observations by Radar and Unmanned Aircraft Systems of Supercells (TORUS) Project. Coordinated data were collected on nearly 20 individual storms in an effort to better understand the characteristics of storm-generated boundaries.
DR. JOHN SCHROEDER NAMED SENIOR DIRECTOR OF THE TEXAS TECH NATIONAL WIND INSTITUTE - Jan. 2019
ATMO FACULTY MEMBER WINS AGU AWARD - Nov. 2018
Dr. Eric Bruning has been awarded the 2018 Atmospheric and Space Electricity Early Career Award from the American Geophysical Union for his work linking lightning to other thunderstorm processes. The AGU award announcement has more details.
TEXAS TECH GRADUATE STUDENT WINS AWARD FOR PRESENTATION AT 29th AMS SLS CONFERENCE - Oct. 2018
Drs. Chris Weiss, Johannes Dahl, Brian Ancell, and five graduate students (Austin Coleman, Aaron Hill, Abby Hutson, Jessica McDonald, Alex Schueth) recently participated in the 29th AMS Severe Local Storms Conference in Stowe, VT.
Congratulations to Alex Schueth, who won an award for Best Oral Presentation for his talk, titled "Comparing Observations and Simulations of the Streamwise Vorticity Current in a Tornadic Supercell Storm"!
ATMO FACULTY MEMBER NAMED ASSOCIATE EDITOR - Oct. 2018
Congratulations to Sandip Pal, who was recently named an Associate Editor for Atmospheric Science Letters (Royal Meteorological Society)!
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