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Dr. Joseph J. Cione
Hurricane Research Division
phone: 303-497-8955

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

Professional Interests

My areas of expertise include analysis of atmospheric and oceanic boundary layer thermodynamic processes in hurricanes and extra-tropical winter storms.  Throughout my career, I have exploring difficult to observe regions associated with severe storm systems and demonstrated an ability to incorporate promising research results into improved forecast operations.  In late in 2005 and again in November 2007, I lead NOAA/NASA efforts that successfully used unmanned aircraft system (UAS) technology to fly into the core of two tropical systems (Tropical Cyclone Ophelia 2005; Hurricane Noel 2007).  The Ophelia flight was the fist-ever UAS flight into a tropical cyclone while the Noel mission established records for duration (17.5h) and minimum altitude (82m). Both flights collected critical near-surface wind measurements that were not observed by any other observing platform or sensor (e.g. NOAA P3, Air Force C130, buoys or satellite).  These unique data were reported to NOAA’s NHC in real time, enabling the observations to be used in subsequent public forecasts and warnings.   Related to these achievements, I received the Unites States Department of Commerce Bronze Medal Award in April of 2010.  Currently, I serve as NOAA's Principal Investigator on a Sandy Supplemental grant that focuses on exploring how emerging observing technologies may help to improve future predictions of hurricane structure and intensity change.  I also serve as Hurricane Forecast and Improvement Project lead for model physics evaluation and currently lead a NOAA Environmental Laboratory Cooperative Research Agreement that focuses on systematically evaluating and improving NOAA's operational hurricane models.

Current Research Projects

Manuscripts in Review

  1. "The truth about 26C and the relative roles of the ocean and atmosphere at the hurricane air-sea interface" (Mon. Wea. Rev.)
  2. "Using inner core air-sea contrast to predict short-term hurricane intensity change"

Recently Published Peer-Reviewed Papers

  1. Cione, J.J., G.H. Bryan, R. Dobosy, J.A. Zhang, G. de Boer, A. Aksoy, J.B. Wadler, E.A. Kalina, B.A. Dahl, K. Ryan, J. Neuhaus, E. Dumas, F.D. Marks, A.M. Farber, T. Hock, and X. Chen. Eye of the storm: Observing hurricanes with a small Unmanned Aircraft System. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 101(2):E186-E205, https://doi.org/10.1175/BAMS-D-19-0169.1 2020
  2. de Boer, G., B. Argrow, J. Cassano, J. Cione, E. Frew, D. Lawrence, G. Wick, and C. Wolff. Advancing unmanned aerial capabilities for atmospheric research. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 100(3):ES105-ES108, doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-18-0254.1 2019
  3. Aksoy, A., J.A. Zhang, B.W. Klotz, E.W. Uhlhorn, and J.J. Cione. Axisymmetric initialization of the atmosphere and ocean for idealized coupled hurricane simulations. Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, 9(7):2672-2695, doi:10.1002/2017MS000977 2017

      Awards and Honors

      20101st Launch and Revocery of a UAS into a Tropcial CycloneUS Department Of Commerce Bronze Medal
      1993National Sea Grant FellowNational Sea Grant Program
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