Robert West

Staff page photo for Bobby West of AOML.

Research Highlights

Research Interests

Climate variability in the tropical Atlantic.

Changes in tropical cyclone activity.

Seasonal and sub-seasonal prediction.

Extreme weather and climate events.

Stochastic models of climate variability.

Robert West, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Associate (Northern Gulf Institute), Physical Oceanography Division

4301 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, Florida 33149

“My research is part of a broader goal to understand the ocean’s role in the predictability of hurricane activity on seasonal and sub-seasonal time scales.”

Robert West is a Northern Gulf Institute (NGI) Postdoctoral Associate in AOML’s Physical Oceanography Division. He received his PhD in 2020 from the Department of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science at Florida State University. His current research concentrates on the ocean’s influence on the predictability of seasonal tropical cyclone activity and the development of an enhanced US seasonal landfalling hurricane outlook.

Current Work

Seasonality of interbasin SST contributions to Atlantic hurricane activity

Predictability of landfalling hurricanes on seasonal and sub-seasonal time scales

Development of a seasonal landfalling hurricane outlook for the United States

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2009, B.S. Meteorology and Applied Mathematics, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

2012, M.S. Meteorology, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

2020, Ph.D. Meteorology, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

Robert West, Hosmay Lopez, Sang-Ki Lee, Andrew E. Mercer, Dongmin Kim, Gregory R. Foltz and Karthik Balaguru, “Seasonality of interbasin SST contributions to Atlantic tropical cyclone activity”, in preparation.

Hosmay Lopez, Robert West, Shenfu Dong, Gustavo Goni, Ben Kirtman, Sang-Ki Lee and Robert Atlas, “Early emergence of anthropogenically forced heat waves in the western United States and Great Lakes”, Nature Climate Change, 8, 414–420 (2018), https://doi.org/10.1038/s41558-018-0116-y.