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Dr. Heather M. Holbach
Post-Doctoral Scientist
Hurricane Research Division-Northern Gulf Institute
phone: 850-645-2224
fax: 305-361-4402
heather.holbach@noaa.gov

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

Professional Interests

Dr. Holbach is a Northern Gulf Institute Postdoctoral Scholar at FSU/COAPS and NOAA/AOML's Hurricane Research Division in Miami, FL.  Her research interests are in air/sea interaction, remote sensing, and tropical cyclones.  Her current research focuses on improving the wind speed estimates retrieved by the Stepped-Frequency Microwave Radiometer (SFMR), which is flown on the NOAA P-3 and Air Force C-130 hurricane hunter aircraft, to account for impacts related to wind direction and directional sea state.  

        Recently Published Peer-Reviewed Papers

        1. Bourassa, M.A., T. Meissner, I. Cerovecki, P.S. Chang, X. Dong, G. De Chiara, C. Donlon, D. Dukhovskoy, J. Elya, A. Fore, M.R. Fewings, R.C. Foster, S.T. Gille, B.K. Haus, S. Hristova-Veleva, H.M. Holbach, Z. Jelenak, J.A. Knaff, S.A. Kranz, A. Manaster, M. Mazloff, C. Mears, A. Mouche, M. Portabella, N. Reul, L. Ricciardulli, E. Rodriguez, C. Sampson, D. Solis, A. Stoffelen, M.R. Stukel, B. Styles, D. Weissman, and F. Wentz. Remotely sensed winds and wind stresses for marine forecasting and ocean modeling. Frontiers in Marine Science, 6:443, doi:10.3389/fmars.2019.00443 2019
        2. Holbach, H.M., E.W. Uhlhorn, and M.A. Bourassa. Off-nadir SFMR brightness temperature measurements in high-wind conditions. Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, 35(9):1865-1879, doi:10.1175/JTECH-D-18-0005.1 2018

          Recent Presentations

          1. Klotz, B. H. Holbach, and A. Garcia, 2017: Reprocessing the Tropical Cyclone SFMR database: Procedures and Evaluation. 2017 International Ocean Vector Winds Science Team Meeting, May, La Jolla, California.
          2. Holbach, H., M. A. Bourassa, and B. Klotz, 2016: Sea State Influence on SFMR Wind Speed Retrievals in Tropical Cyclones. International Workshop on Measuring High Wind Speeds Over the Ocean, November, Exeter, United Kingdom.
          3. Holbach, H., E. Uhlhorn, M. A. Bourassa, and B. Klotz, 2016: Wave and Wind Direction Effects on Ocean Surface Emissivity in High Wind Conditions. AMS 20th Conference on Air-Sea Interaction, August, Madison, Wisconsin.
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