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

Professional Interests

Affiliated with the NOAA Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML) Hurricane Research Division (HRD) in Miami, Florida. I work remotely in Boulder, CO, investigating the impact of current and future observing systems, specifically uncrewed aircraft systems (UAS) data, to improve short and long-term weather forecasts of winter storms and tropical cyclones. Some of my most recent work evaluated the impact of Global Hawk UAS dropsonde observations on the prediction of winter storms and tropical cyclones in 2016 flights. Most of my research involves conducting observing system experiments (OSEs) and observing system simulation experiments (OSSEs), in which supplemental data is assimilated into a numerical forecast model. The addition of the data is compared to a simulation without the added observations, thus allowing the evaluation of the data impact for improving prediction.

In my free time, I enjoy volunteering, learning piano, playing tennis, swimming, and hiking.

Current Research Projects

        Recently Published Peer-Reviewed Papers

        1. Cai, W.-J., R.A. Feely, J.M. Testa, M. Li, W. Evans, S.R. Alin, Y.-Y. Xu, G. Pelletier, A. Ahmed, D.J. Greeley, J.A. Newton, and N. Bednarsek. Natural and anthropogenic drivers of acidification in large estuaries. Annual Reviews of Marine Science, (https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-marine-010419-011 2021
        2. Chen, N., T. Tang, J.A. Zhang, L.-M. Ma, and H. Yu. On the distribution of helicity in the tropical cyclone boundary layer from dropsonde composites. Atmospheric Research, 249:105298, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosres.2020.105298 2021
        3. Cucurull, L., and S.P.F. Casey. Improved impacts in observing system simulation experiments of radio occultation observations as a result of model and data assimilation changes. Monthly Weather Review, https://doi.org/10.1175/MWR-D-20-0174.1 2021