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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 both the University of Miami Rosenstiel School for Marine and Atmospheric Sciences and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. 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

Recently Published Peer-Reviewed Papers

  1. Marks, F.D. Advancing tropical cyclone forecasts using aircraft observations. In Monitoring and Prediction of Tropical Cyclones in the Indian Ocean and Climate Change, U.C. Mohanty, M. Mohapatra, O.P. Singh, B.K. Bandyopadhyay, and L.S. Rathore (eds.). Springer Publishing, 169-191, doi:10.1007/978-94-007-7720-0 2014
  2. Ming, J., J.A. Zhang, R.F. Rogers, F.D. Marks, Y. Wang, and N. Cai. Multiplatform observations of boundary layer structure in the outer rainbands of landfalling typhoons. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences-Atmospheres, 119(13):7799-7814, doi:10.1002/2014JD021637 2014

Manuscripts in Review

  1. Zhang, J. A., M. T. Montgomery, F. D. Marks, and R. K. Smith, 2013: Comments on "Symmetric and Asymmetric Structures of Hurricane Boundary Layer in Coupled Atmosphere–Wave–Ocean Models and Observations". J. Atmos. Sci. (submitted)
  2. Marks, F. D., 2013: 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)

    Recent Presentations

    1. Marks, F., 2013: Latest Developments in NOAA’s Hurricane Forecast Improvement Project. Seminar to MIT Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, Cambridge, MA, September 2013.
    2. Marks, F., 2013:Latest Developments in NOAA’s Hurricane Forecast Improvement Project. Seminar to Shanghai Typhoon Institute, Shanghai, China, October 2013.
    3. Marks, F., 2013: Advancing Tropical Cyclone Forecasts Using Observations. Presented to the 2nd Capacity Building Workshop of the WMO/IOC Data Buoy Cooperation Panel (DBCP) for the North Pacific Ocean and Its Marginal Seas (NPOMS-2), Hangzhou, China, October 2013.
    4. Marks, F., 2013: Advancing Tropical Cyclone Forecasts Using Ocean Observations. Presented to the 2nd Capacity Building Workshop of the WMO/IOC Data Buoy Cooperation Panel (DBCP) for the North Pacific Ocean and Its Marginal Seas (NPOMS-2), Hangzhou, China, October 2013.

    Awards and Honors

    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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