Mark D. Powell
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory
(Hurricane Research Division)
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Mark D. Powell is an atmospheric scientist for NOAA's Hurricane Research Division (HRD), located at the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML) in Miami, Florida. He began his NOAA career in 1978 with the National Hurricane Research Laboratory, which was renamed HRD and absorbed into AOML in 1982. At HRD he has been active in microscale and mesoscale studies, concentrating on boundary layer wind structure in landfalling hurricanes, hurricane rainband thermodynamics, development of standards for the measurement and archival of surface winds. He is currently leading a project on real-time surface wind analysis, providing experimental wind field products to the National Hurricane Center. These products are available to the public on the HRD web site and have become the standard to which risk models and new wind measurement systems are compared.

He has served as lead project scientist on NOAA P3 hurricane research flights, the Genesis of Atlantic Lows Experiment (GALE) in 1986, and the Tropical Experiment in Mexico (TEXMEX) in 1991. He received his Bachelor of Science from The Florida State University in 1975, his Master of Science from Penn State in 1978, the Ph.D. from Florida State in 1988, and the Certified Consulting Meteorologist designation from the American Meteorological Society in 1990. He has chaired or served several committees including: Chairman of the Research Committee of the 1990 Interdepartmental Hurricane Conference, Meteorologist for the National Research Council Disaster Study Team on Hurricane Hugo's landfall in the mainland U.S., Chairman of the Meteorology Subcommittee for the American Society of Civil Engineers Task Committee on Wind Damage Investigation, the U.S.-Japan Natural Disaster Task Committee on Wind hazards, the FEMA HAZUS Wind Committee, the U. S. Weather Research Project's Prospectus Development Teams for Hurricanes and for Coastal Meteorology, and the National Research Council's Committee to review the need for a large-scale test facility for research on the effects of extreme winds on structures.

He was the scientific operations officer for NOAA's Marine Olympic Weather Support Team in Savannah, Ga. for the 1996 Summer Olympic Game and also served the U.S. Olympic Committee as team meteorologist for the U. S. Sailing Team at the 1991 Pan American Games. He has served on the board of the American Association for Wind Engineering, and is a member of the American Meteorological Society, and the American Geophysical Union. In 1992 he was awarded the Department of Commerce Gold Medal (a group award presented for performance during Hurricane Andrew), and in 1999 his project development team won the "Best JAVA Implementation" award from the NOAA Tech 2000 Conference for H*WIND: A Distributed Real-time Hurricane Wind Analysis System. Since 1991, he has served as principal investigator on research projects worth over $1.5 million in non-base-funded resources. He has published in several journals including Journal of Geophysical Research, Monthly Weather Review, Weather and Forecasting, Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, Journal of Physical Oceanography, and Shore and Beach.

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