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Dr. Frank D. Marks
Director of Hurricane Research Division
Hurricane Research Division
phone: 305-361-4321
fax: 305-361-4402
Frank.Marks@noaa.gov

NOAA's Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory
4301 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, FL 33149

Professional Interests

Dr. Marks is a recognized expert in tropical cyclones and is the leader of the NOAA tropical cyclone research efforts as the research lead of NOAA’s Hurricane Forecast Improvement Project (HFIP) and the director of the Hurricane Research Division of NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorology Laboratory. Dr. Marks also serves as co-lead of the NOAA Office of the Federal Coordinator for Meteorological Services and Supporting Research (OFCM) Working Group for Tropical Cyclone Research (WG/TCR). His research interests include analyzing meteorological remote sensing   (e.g., microwave radar and radiometer) and numerical model data sets, particularly in tropical cyclones and mesoscale convective systems to understand the storm kinematic and precipitation structure.

Besides his role within NOAA Dr. Marks is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Meteorology and Physical Oceanography at the University of Miami, as well as a Fellow of Marine and Atmospheric Research at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School for Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. Dr. Marks received a B.S. in Meteorology from Belknap College (1973) and both an M.S. (1975) and Sc.D. (1981) in Meteorology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. Marks is a member of the American Meteorlogical Society (AMS) and became a Fellow of the AMS in 2000. He served as a member of AMS Committee on Radar Meteorology and is currently a member of the AMS Council.

Current Research Projects

Manuscripts in Review

  1. Marks, F. D., 2014: Advancing Tropical Cyclone Forecasts Using Aircraft Observations, Advanced Course on modeling and Data Assimilation Technique for Tropical Cyclone Predictions. Ed: S. Gopalakrishnan and U. C. Mohanty, Springer. (submitted)
  2. Halliwell, Jr., G. R., S. Gopalakrishnan, D. Willey, T. Quirino, and F. Marks, 2014: Idealized study of the ocean impact on HWRF coupled tropical cyclone intensity forecasts, Mon. Wea. Rev. (accepted).
  3. Soukup, G. A., and F. D. Marks, 2014: Evaluation of hurricane windspeed analyses using low order wavenumbers, Mon. Wea. Rev. (submitted).

Recently Published Peer-Reviewed Papers

  1. Goldenberg, S.B., S.G. Gopalakrishnan, V. Tallapragada, T. Quirino, F. Marks, S. Trahan, X. Zhang, and R. Atlas. The 2012 triply-nested, high-resolution operational version of the Hurricane Weather Research and Forecasting System (HWRF): Track and intensity forecast verifications. Weather and Forecasting, 30(3):710-729, doi:10.1175/WAF-D-14-00098.1 2015
  2. Halliwell, G.R., S. Gopalakrishnan, F. Marks, and D. Willey. Idealized study of ocean impacts on tropical cyclone intensity forecasts. Monthly Weather Review, 143(4):1142-1165, doi:10.1175/MWR-D-14-00022.1 2015
  3. Zhang, J.A., and F.D. Marks. Effects of horizontal diffusion on tropical cyclone intensity change and structure in idealized three-dimensional numerical simulations. Monthly Weather Review, doi:10.1175/MWR-D-14-00341.1 2015

    Recent Presentations

    1. Frank Marks, Latest Developments in NOAA’s Hurricane Forecast Improvement Project, AOC, MacDill AFB, Tampa, FL – 10 July 2014
    2. Frank Marks, Understanding Hurricane Sandy’s Track and Intensity Changes, 31st Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology, San Diego, CA, April 2014
    3. Frank Marks, Summary of Assessment Results—Agency Perspectives, 68th Interdepartmental Hurricane Conference/Tropical Cyclone Research Forum, College Park, MD, March 2014

    Awards and Honors

    2014Banner I. Miller AwardAmerican Meteorological Society
    2012Administrator's Award for outstanding management of the G-IV Tail Doppler Radar projectNOAA
    2012Research Employee of the YearNOAA/OAR
    2011Verner E. Suomi MedalAmerican Meteorological Society
    2011Outstanding Scientific Paper Award for Weather and WaterNOAA/OAR
    2010Distinguished Career AwardNOAA
    2008Research Employee of the YearNOAA/OAR
    2005Richard H. Hagemeyer AwardNOAA/OFCM
    2005Administrator's Award for establishing and administrating the Joint Hurricane TestbedNOAA
    2005Joint Hurricane Testbed Outstanding Contributor AwardNOAA/USWRP
    2003Diversity Council Spectrum Achievement Award for ManagersNOAA
    1998Silver Medal for performance as the Research Mission Manager for the NOAA High Altitude Jet procurementUS Department of Commerce
    1989Distinguished Authorship AwardNOAA/ERL
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