Sea Secrets 2019 with Roni Avissar, Ph.D. Dean and Professor, UM Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
Join us as we travel the world with distinguished scientists and explorers at the edge of discovery. We invite you to learn about today’s global challenges from climate change to marine conservation during this series of evening programs designed for the non-scientific community.
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RONI AVISSAR, Ph.D. Challenges and Achievements in Hurricane Forecasting
As much as the public fears storms, every hurricane season is an op-portunity for scientists and students at the Rosenstiel School to con-duct interdisciplinary, cutting-edge research that helps improve hurri-cane track and intensity forecasts, with the end goal of protecting life and property. Whether researchers are flying on NOAA’s hurricane hunter aircraft missions to measure pressure and wind velocity, de-ploying sophisticated atmospheric sondes and floats that gather data to improve numerical models, observing air-sea interactions in a unique wind-wave tank capable of generating Category 5 winds, or piloting a helicopter equipped to detect gravity waves, their activities advance the science of forecasting hurricanes. Dean Avissar will explain the accomplishments made to date and the remaining chal-lenges to improving hurricane track and intensity forecasts.
Appointed dean of the Rosenstiel School in 2009, Avissar is an interna-tionally recognized atmospheric scientist, an award-winning hydro climatologist, and a widely published author of peer-reviewed jour-nals. He pioneered the development and evaluation of various numer-ical and analytical models to study ocean-land-atmosphere interac-tions, and developed a unique environmental helicopter observational platform, which he pilots for scientific missions. He is a fellow of both the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and the American Meteorolog-ical Society. He received the AGU Horton Award in 1998.