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OU Wins $4.5 Million Science Center


December 9, 2019

We are excited to announce that the University of Oklahoma (OU) will continue to host the South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center for the next 5 years! This extension was made possible after we won a $4.5 million grant from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to continue the Center’s stay in Norman, Oklahoma. The Center’s researchers help decision makers across Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, and New Mexico to apply cutting-edge science, data, and tools to prepare for climate extremes, like droughts, floods, and heat waves.

“We have seen devastating wildfires, extraordinary drought conditions, extensive flooding, and other climate-related disasters just in the past five years across our region,” says Renee McPherson, University Director of the South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center and OU associate professor of geography and environmental sustainability. “We know that the costs and damages of these disasters are rising. Now is the time to build resilience in our communities, water resources, coastal environments, forests, and other landscapes. The Climate Adaptation Science Center gathers many of the top scientists in the south-central United States and targets their work on science that helps us combat these climate extremes.”

Since the Center’s establishment in 2012, the Center’s scientists have partnered with decisionmakers on a variety of research topics. For example, researchers mapped wildfire likelihood to assist fire mangers in preparing for wildfire events. Others investigated the impacts of a changing climate on snowpack, streamflow, native wildlife, or invasive plants to develop planning scenarios for managers. Additionally, the Center has studied ways to effectively monitor soil moisture and drought conditions to help decision makers be proactive in extreme hot and dry conditions. By identifying how climate extremes are likely to affect the south-central U.S. in the coming decades, the science team can help resource managers build resilience in their national or state parks, wildlife refuges, tribes, communities, or other jurisdictions.

The South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center has worked extensively with tribes and pueblos. Center scientists have conducted research with tribes on their lands and waters, provided scientific expertise for development of tribal adaptation strategies, and hosted over 50 scientific trainings for tribal staff, elders, educators, and students. The tribal trainings have served over 550 tribal attendees for more than 5,000 contact hours. In 2015, the U.S. Secretary of the Interior honored the Center with an Environmental Achievement Award for increasing tribal capacity for climate change adaptation.

Through funding from the USGS, OU, and the Oklahoma NASA Space Grant Consortium, Center scientists also produced a series of 60 short videos that explain climate change, its impacts on ecosystems and various sectors of society, and techniques to help adapt to climate extremes. The video series is entitled Managing for a Changing Climate and is featured on the Center’s YouTube channel (https://tinyurl.com/t2vbqh2).

Another important emphasis of the Center has been educating and mentoring a diverse group of next-generation scientists and resource managers. The Center’s research programs provide opportunities for students and early-career scientists to work directly with decision makers across the region. Mentorship programs have included a summer undergraduate internship program for traditionally underrepresented students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. During this program, students from across the south-central U.S. spend three weeks visiting major research universities and learning about the wide range of climate impacts on the region. Additionally, we have hosted three one-week workshops focused on early-career professionals to mentor them in how to conduct scientific research in partnership with resource managers. Finally, through the generosity of an anonymous donor, the Center sponsored a need-based international studies scholarship to aid OU students interested in environmental programs in pursuing a summer study abroad program.

It is our vision that we lead our region in understanding climate impacts and climate adaptation related to natural and cultural resource management. In the next five years, we plan to continue our innovative research and mentoring efforts with some new programs and partnerships. To stay up to date with our recent activity, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter (https://southcentralclimate.org/news-3/newsletter-archive/).

The South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center is one of eight regional centers funded by the USGS. Their collective mission is to “deliver science to help fish, wildlife, water, land and people adapt to a changing climate.” Members of the South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center are the University of Oklahoma (lead institution), Chickasaw Nation, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Texas Tech University, Louisiana State University, University of New Mexico, and Oklahoma State University. For further information about the Center, visit https://southcentralclimate.org/.

Congratulations!


Heartiest congratulations to the A&GS majors listed below on their invitation to join Phi Beta Kappa this spring.  An invitation to join Phi Beta Kappa is considered one of the greatest academic achievements an undergraduate student can earn.  Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest and most prestigious academic honor society in the United States, founded at the College of William and Mary on December 5, 1776 with the mission of “fostering and recognizing excellences” for undergraduate students pursuing degrees in the liberal arts and sciences.  Membership is offered to just 10% of college graduates every year.

 

Iain Bennett, B.S. in Geography, Summa cum Laude, Spring 2019

Emily Lenhardt, B.S. in Meteorology & B.S. in Mathematics, Summa cum Laude,
Spring 2019

Morgan Schneider, B.S. in Meteorology, Summa cum Laude, 4.0, Spring 2019  

Winners of the 2019 OCLWA Conference Undergraduate - Best Poster Award


Oklahoma State University in Stillwater hosted the 28th Annual Oklahoma Clean Lakes and Watersheds Association (OCLWA) Conference April 3rd - 4th, 2019. Two of OU's DGES Environmental Sustainability seniors presented research that they conducted for the Oklahoma Water Survey.

Emily Rhodes, Class of 2019, co-presented research titled Occurence of Escherichia coli and Enterococcus Bacteria in Twenty Three Streams in Oklahoma for the 2018 Recreational Season.

Kolt Vaughn presented a poster titled Low Impact Development in the City of Tulsa: Characterizing Inspection and Maintenance Criteria. Kolt won one of three Undergraduate - Best Poster Awards. Co-authors for both projects include Jason Vogel, Grant Graves, and Kim White of the Oklahoma Water Survey.

Left to right: Two OSU students and (far right) Kolt Vaughn, Class of 2019, Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability

SCIPP Awarded $2.3 Million NOAA Grant


Congratulations to SCIPP (Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program) on their $2.3 million NOAA grant to build resilience to weather and climate extremes in south central U.S. communities. Find out more about SCIPP by clicking here!

OU Leading $2.3 Million NOAA Grant to Build Resilience to Weather and Climate Extremes in South Central U.S. Communities


NORMAN - The University of Oklahoma-led Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program, a multi-institutional stakeholder driven research team, is the recipient of a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration grant totaling $2.3 million over three years. SCIPP was established in 2008 to help south central U.S. communities build resilience to weather and climate extremes. The OU-led SCIPP is one of 11 NOAA Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessment teams across the country covering the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas and coastal Mississippi.

"The challenges of managing ever-increasing extremes in weather across the region is both a physical and social challenge," said Mark Shafer, lead for SCIPP. "We need to continue advancing our understanding of physical challenges, such as the extreme rainfall in Hurricane Harvey in 2017 and in Louisiana in 2016. We also need to know how it affects communities and what capacities those communities have to prepare and respond. The project allows us to investigate both of these aspects, working closely with community partners to bring science outside of the universities and helping communities become more resilient to such extremes."

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Congratulations to Maya Henderson


Congratulations to Maya Henderson, Class of 2020, who presented Constructing Green Cities at the ninth annual Dimensions of Political Ecology 2019 Conference (DOPE 9), which took place February 21-23 at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.  DGES Assistant Professor Mary Lawhon is Maya’s faculty mentor and also attended the conference.

Maya’s presentation prompted many thoughtful questions from the audience on this very timely topic.  She also made a number of new contacts at the conference, including a faculty member from Ohio State University, who encouraged her to apply for their graduate program.  

Perhaps the biggest takeaway for Maya was learning more about geography as a field of study and political ecology as a lens and framework. 

“I had yet to be formally introduced to this lens and was very interested in their combination. This conference helped me visualize where I could and would like to go with my academic work. By watching presentations and sitting in on panels, I was able to get an idea of what work is being done and the best ways to formulate my own interests into prominent research.”

Maya was a recipient of an A&GS Undergraduate Student Travel Award, which greatly helped to fund her trip.

Lasting Legacy - Dr. Douglas K. Lilly


As a beloved professor, mentor, and friend, Dr. Lilly focused on stratocumulus clouds; significantly enhancing our understanding of large-scale weather patterns that led to our current ability to forecast storms.

He worked for the U.S. Weather Bureau in Washington, D.C., at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the NOAA Administration in Boulder, Colo., and finally as a professor at the OU School of Meteorology.

In 1993, he received the prestigious Symons Gold Medal from the Royal Meteorological Society and in 1999 was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors that can be accorded to a scientist.

Sadly, this past June, we lost Dr. Lilly to a long term illness. A scholarship has been established in his name at the OU Foundation that will help benefit students for years to come.

Get ready to double your impact! Due to the generosity of Drs. Fred and Meg Carr we are launching a matching campaign. The Carrs have graciously pledged $10,000 to the Douglas K. Lilly Scholarship if we can raise that same amount, so donate now! 

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Student Award Winners from the 99th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting

Several of our OU School of Meteorology students received awards for their outstanding posters and presentations at the 99th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ this past January! Congratulations to all of the award recipients! See all of the award winners and their respective categories below. Click the image to view larger.

AMS Student Award Winners

School of Meteorology Graduate Students Win Presentation Awards at 2019 AMS Annual Meeting


Graduate students Bo Huang and Xu Lu were awarded for their outstanding presentations at the 2019 American Meteorological Society (AMS) Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona. Both students are part of the MAP (Multiscale data Assimilation and Predictability) research group in the School of Meteorology, led by Dr Xuguang Wang.

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OU School of Meteorology Students Co-Chair the Student AMS Conference


School of Meteorology Ph.D. students Matt Flournoy and Kenzie Krocak have had a busy year. In addition to being married earlier this year, they will be co-chairing the AMS Student Conference at the Annual Meeting in January 2019.

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Two OU School of Meteorology Students Semifinalists in Broadcast Talent Competition


Meteorology majors and broadcast meteorology minors Marisa Nuzzo and Jordan Overton have been selected as semifinalists in the South Central Broadcasting Society talent reel competition! Nuzzo also advanced to be one of four finalists in the competition.

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James Worden Talks AGU


Attending the American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) Fall meeting was a terrific experience.  I was granted the opportunity to present and discuss my research to other colleagues that have interest in the field.  This conference gave me a chance to meet and speak with the authors of the research that established the foundations that my work is based upon.  While presenting my research, I gained valuable insight into ways that I can strengthen and improve the techniques applied in my research.  The comments and suggestions I received, increased my understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of the methods employed, to allow for a more robust defense of the conclusions that are obtained within my research.  The presentation of my research is but only one part of the AGU experience.  Throughout the conference, I was able to learn about the new products that will be coming available in the future from a wide range of agencies and organizations, find potential graduate school programs and employment that specialize in my interests, and attend forums in which researchers spoke about their research and upcoming projects.  For me, the American Geophysical Union Fall meeting has been a wonderful experience and would recommend anyone who is interested.

DGES Faculty Selected to Serve on Extreme Events Advisory Group for the Commission for Environmental Corporation (CEC)


Three DGES faculty have been selected to serve on an Extreme Events Advisory Group for the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC).  CEC is a high-level collaboration between the US (led by EPA), Mexico and Canada, established through the 1994 North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation to facilitate and implement cooperation among the Parties to conserve, protect, and enhance the North American environment, promote sustainable development, and support the environmental goals and objectives of the North American Free Trade Agreement.  Drs. Mark Shafer, Randy Peppler, and Renee McPherson have been selected to serve on the 15-member U.S. contingent of the Advisory Group.

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OU Team Assists With Hurricane Florence Forecasting


NORMAN, Okla. (KOKH) — One of the teams helping with forecasting for Hurricane Florence is from right here at the University of Oklahoma.

Michael Biggerstaff, the leader of the team from the OU School of Meteorology, said this is something the school can offer during these types of events.

"It's really a group of us that do these types of landfalls and the University of Oklahoma is kind of an expert in weather radar," Biggerstaff said. "That's kind of our component."

The team is bringing in a special radar called a "SMART" radar. Biggerstaff said this can measure different parts of the storm.

"We're a little ways off from the weather service radar so a better resolution of some of the stuff occurring north of the Wilmington area," Biggerstaff said. "So we're going to fill in the gap a little bit there and we'll also be able to combine our data with the weather service data."

Biggerstaff said he expects it to get busy for his team beginning on Wednesday. They're going to have constant monitoring of the storm as the rainfall begins to hit.

"We'll rotate so there's at least one person always operating the radar to handle anything that may occur," Biggerstaff said. "We'll take turns catching a few naps here and there but we'll probably in the truck for about 48 hours this time."

Along with tracking the storm, they're also looking at making forecasts better.

"We have to be able to collect these types of data sets because they're very unique data sets to be able to validate the improvements in forecast models in the future," Biggerstaff said.

The team is also planning to launch ten weather balloons.

They have spent the last day trying to find the best spot to track the storm around Wilmington, NC.

To see more of the story, click here:

https://okcfox.com/news/local/ou-team-assists-with-hurricane-florence-forecasting

2018 Convocation!


Click below to watch the 2018 College of Atmospheric & Geographic Sciences Convocation!   

Link to 2018 Convocation

OU Professor Receives NASA Earth Science Funding For First-of-its-Kind Research


NORMAN, Okla.—A University of Oklahoma professor, Cameron Homeyer, is a recipient of a NASA Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Science grant for new, early career investigators. Homeyer’s research is the first concept of its kind to take ground-based radar observations of storms and link them to satellite observations of trace gases to better understand the characteristics of storms and how they modify the atmospheric composition.

“NASA’s Early Career Investigator Award goes only to the best of the best. We are thrilled and honored that NASA has selected Professor Homeyer to receive this award,” said Berrien Moore, vice president of Weather and Climate Programs, dean of the OU College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences and director of the National Weather Center.

“We are applying methods to discriminate between air masses that recently have been modified by storms and those air masses that have not been impacted by storms,” said Homeyer, assistant professor and associate director for undergraduate studies, School of Meteorology, OU College of Atmospheric Sciences. “This is the first time anyone has applied these methods in this way to understand this problem.”

The impact of storms on atmospheric composition is not well understood and changes in water vapor and ozone from these storms can have important impacts on Earth’s climate and human health. Storms move air masses with certain chemical characteristics around, and these air masses can impact the atmosphere’s radiation budget, pollution and air quality.

“We don’t understand how these storms modify Earth’s upper atmosphere, particularly in the stratosphere, the layer of the Earth’s atmosphere where the ozone lies and absorbs the ultraviolet radiation; and the troposphere, the layer of the Earth’s atmosphere where human activity takes place,” said Homeyer.

Homeyer will use a trajectory model and information on winds in the atmosphere, then put particles or little air bubbles in places where the storms occur, move them around with the winds and watch as they move downstream to find locations where air masses from storms coincide with satellite observations. Satellite observations from around the world then can be linked to recent storms and compared to air masses that have not been influenced by storms.

Funding for the three-year, $284,000 grant supports the NASA Earth Science mission by advancing the use of satellites and providing data that contributes to understanding the climate system.

OU's Newest SMART Radar Deploys to Louisiana as Part of STARR Project


The University of Oklahoma’s newest Shared Mobile Atmospheric Research and Teaching Radar, SR3, today deployed to Monroe, Louisiana, where a slight risk of tornadic storms exists. An upgrade of the original dual-polarimetric SMART radar, the SR3 just completed its first mission on March 19 to New Market, Alabama, in coordination with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Severe Storms Laboratory and the OU Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies.

“The SR3 and NOAA’s P-3 aircraft collected data on a rapidly evolving severe hailstorm that preceded a series of tornadic supercells. The SR3 collaborated with the University of Alabama Huntsville and National Weather Service Hytop radars in southern Tennessee on sampling a tornadic storm that produced significant damage as it crossed the border into northern Alabama. Multi-radar observations were captured over a three-hour period from the initial organization to tornadic dissipation,” said Michael Biggerstaff, professor of meteorology and director of the OU SMART radar program.

The SR3 observed a second tornadic storm to the south that produced five tornadoes and hailstones as large as 5.25 inches. The P-3 aircraft flew ahead of the southern tornadic storm and measured winds within the storm during all five tornadoes. The SR3 and P-3 aircraft will continue to work together near Monroe tonight. The project is part of the Southeastern Tornadogenesis and Risk Reduction Exercise, which runs until April 13. The STARR project is part of the larger VORTEX-Southeast research project funded by NOAA. https://www.nssl.noaa.gov/projects/vortexse/

When the project ends, the SR3 will return to Oklahoma to be used to train the next generation of scientists in an undergraduate radar meteorology course.

In wake of hurricanes, floods and wildfires, NSF awards $18.7 million in natural hazards research grants


Hurricane Harvey: It dropped a record-breaking 50-plus inches of rain across parts of Texas and left behind widespread, devastating floods. Following in Harvey's wake, Hurricane Irma has spun another path of destruction.

Beyond the Harvey and Irma disasters, wildfires raged in California this summer, forcing thousands to flee their homes. Now, dozens have perished in Mexico's strongest earthquake in a century. Read more here

OU SMART Radar Team Deployed to Hurricane Harvey


The OU Shared Mobile Atmospheric and Teaching radar team, led by Michael Biggerstaff, OU School of Meteorology, will depart Norman for Corpus Christi, Texas, this afternoon with the mobile C-band dual-polarimetric radar to study the landfall of what will become major Hurricane Harvey. The team will focus on tornadic circulations in the outer rain bands as part of the on-going VORTEX-SE research program objectives, as well as examine the inner core and eyewall circulations that produce inland flooding as part of the NASA Fellowship project.

OU is part of the Digital Hurricane Consortium, which is a group of university and federal government researchers who deploy sensors in advance of landfalling hurricanes. The DHC is part of the federal Disaster Impacts Assessment Plan, which is part of the COASTAL Act that is aimed at better understanding the roles of storm surge and extreme winds on the loss of houses and other buildings in the path of landfalling hurricanes.

The radar truck will be equipped with cameras provided as a result of a recent collaboration between OU, AT&T and The Weather Channel. OU SMART radar team members include Biggerstaff; Addison Alford, OU doctoral student; and Gordon Carrie, OU research associate. The team will be operational by Friday and will provide updates when possible.  

OU CIMMS Announces New Director


The University of Oklahoma Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies and School of Meteorology announce the addition of Dr. Greg McFarquhar to their staffs.

McFarquhar will be the Director of OU CIMMS and School of Meteorology Professor starting this fall. Randy Peppler has been interim director after former OU CIMMS director and Meteorology Professor Dr. Peter Lamb passed away in May 2014.

"We look forward to Greg leading CIMMS in innovative ways in order to help address future NOAA research challenges in weather radar and mesoscale meteorology,” Peppler said.

McFarquhar comes from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences. He has worked at the university since 2001. He has also served as a visiting faculty fellow at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado from 2015 to 2016.

McFarquhar’s PhD and his Masters of Science are in Atmospheric Physics and his Bachelors of Science is in Mathematics and Physics, all from the University of Toronto.

Director of the National Weather Center Dr. Berrien Moore said, “The University of Oklahoma is delighted to have a gifted scientist and extraordinary leader join the OU family as the Director of the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies. The possibilities are endless!”

McFarquhar has been involved with more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, the principal investigator for more than 100 different grants and involved in more than 20 field campaigns.

“After being involved in many different projects at other universities and research institutes over the past 25 years investigating the impact of clouds on various weather phenomena, I am looking forward to broadening my horizons with even more exciting work over the next several years at CIMMS and The University of Oklahoma,” McFarquhar said. “I am especially impressed with the credentials of the amazing people already working here. I hope that I can strengthen and improve the existing collaborations and partnerships already, as well as finding new avenues for improving the observation, analysis, understanding and prediction of weather elements and systems.”

CIMMS was established in 1978 as a cooperative program that unites the scientific and technical resources of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and OU into a center of research excellence. CIMMS was created to support NOAA’s Mission of Science, Service and Stewardship and thereby contribute to NOAA’s long-term goal of building a Weather-Ready Nation that is prepared for and responds to weather-related events. CIMMS research areas include weather radar, hydrometeorology, observations and numerical modeling of high-impact weather including severe storms, forecast and warning improvements, regional climate variations, the societal and socioeconomic impacts of weather and climate, and related subject areas.

Ryzhkov Named AMS Fellow


The University of Oklahoma Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies is proud to announce the American Meteorological Society named an OU CIMMS senior research scientist during a recent release of awards.

Alexander Ryzhkov was one of more than 30 individuals recognized by AMS during a recent announcement of 2018 award winners and fellows. Ryzhkov was awarded the prestigious honor of AMS fellow.

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Dr. Homeyer's 3D mapping of individual storm geometries


Stratospheric ozone over the United States in summer linked to observations of convection and temperature via chlorine and bromine catalysis.

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Convocation 2017!

Changing the Narrative of What a Scientist Looks Like

So proud of our own Dr. Ashton Robinson Cook and all he has accomplished!

OU AWARDED $166 MILLION GRANT BY NASA FOR FIRST GEOSTATIONARY VEGETATION, ATMOSPHERIC CARBON MISSION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Dec. 6, 2016
 
NORMAN – The University of Oklahoma has been awarded a five-year, $166 million grant by NASA to advance understanding of Earth’s natural exchanges of carbon between the land, atmosphere and ocean.
The primary goals of the Geostationary Carbon Cycle Observatory, led by Berrien Moore, OU Vice President for Weather and Climate Programs, are to monitor plant health and vegetation stress throughout the Americas, and to examine the natural sources and processes that control carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and methane in the atmosphere.
“To say this is an extraordinary achievement by Dr. Berrien Moore and our research team is an understatement,” said OU President David L. Boren. “The grant is one of the most exceptional in the history of the University and is testimony to the outstanding national stature of our research team. I cannot think of a more exciting way to observe the holiday season than with the announcement of this remarkable grant.”
The mission will launch on a commercial communications satellite to make observations over the Americas from an orbit of approximately 22,000 miles above the equator.
The OU-led geoCARB team will build an advanced payload employing otherwise unused launch and spacecraft capacity to advance science and provide societal benefit.
Mission collaborators include the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center in Palo Alto, California; SES Government Solutions Company in Reston, Virginia; the Colorado State University in Fort Collins; and NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Colleagues and laboratories from France, Australia and Mexico also are contributing to the project.
The mission was competitively selected from 15 proposals submitted to the agency’s second Earth Venture - Mission announcement of opportunity for small orbital investigations of the Earth system.
 

Seminar: Statistical Estimation Methods for Parameters of Data Assimilation Systems

On Tuesday, April 30th, Dr. Elizabeth Satterfield will present Statistical Estimation Methods for Parameters of Data Assimilation Systems at 4:00pm in the NWC, Room 1313. Click the image to view larger.

Congressional Staff Delegation Visits OU Norman


Rep. Frank Lucas and staff from the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology visited the OU-Norman campus on March 21st to learn more about OU's research. Click to Read More.

Seminar: Assessment of One-Moment and Two-Moment Bulk Microphysics and Spectral Bin Microphysics Schemes using Idealized Supercell Simulations and Real Data Convective Scale Predictions

On Tuesday, April 30th, Marcus Johnson will present Assessment of One-Moment and Two-Moment Bulk Microphysics and Spectral Bin Microphysics Schemes using Idealized Supercell Simulations and Real Data Convective Scale Predictions at 10:00am in the NWC, Room 4140. Click the image to view larger.

Sooner Saturday Open House

The annual Sooner Saturday Open House takes place THIS SATURDAY, April 27th, at 1:30pm in the NWC Atrium. This event targets high school juniors. We will host two tours of the NWC (beginning at 1:30pm and 1:45pm), and provide an opportunity for the Class of 2024 to chat with currenty faculty, staff and students about our programs. Prospective A&GSers will also be attending information sessions hosted by DGES and METR on main campus earlier that morning. Current students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to attend to help recruit the next generation of A&GS grads!

Seminar: Idealized Simulations of the 25-26 June 2015 Kansas MCS during PECAN

On Friday, April 26th, Rachel Miller will present Idealized Simulations of the 25-26 June 2015 Kansas MCS during PECAN at 3:30pm in the NWC, Room 5600.

The Plains Elevated Convection at Night (PECAN) Experiment was designed to study nocturnal convective initiation (CI) and maintenance of mesoscale convective systems (MCSs). On June 26, 2015 around 0230 UTC, CI occurred on the cold side of a stationary front with updrafts ingesting air from the 2-3 km elevated residual layer (ERL). By 0400 UTC, these cells were observed to grow upscale into a line which underwent an elevated to surface-based transition between 0400 and 0430 UTC according to multiple-Doppler analysis. The MCS further intensified after this transition and developed several bowing segments. The main findings of the case study are that frontal and mesoscale isentropic ascent acted to cool and moisten an ERL which primed the environment for CI and the eventual mature MCS passage. Additionally, a surface-based mesoscale cold pool developed from rear inflow descending to the surface behind the strongest convective cores to locally enhanced cold pools at the surfac  e. These merged overtime as the line strengthened to form a larger mesoscale cold pool. Finally, trajectory analysis indicate that the main source region for updrafts evolved from 2-3 km (ERL) before 0400 UTC to the lowest 0.5-1 km by 0440 UTC supporting kinematic analysis that shows an elevated to surface-based transition.

An idealized model simulation using COMMAS will be presented used to try to simulate the 25-26 June MCS. The objective of the simulation is to investigate the dynamics of the elevated to surface-based transition including development of the cold pool and interactions with the frontal inversion. Simulations were run using observed soundings taken during the PECAN IOP in the vicinity of CI and the MCS. Two of the soundings (0300 and 0347 UTC) produced CI but never underwent upscale growth while the other soundings (0215, 0430, and 0304 UTC) produced CI and grew upscale. However, none of the simulations that grew upscale resembled the observed system most likely due to the failed development of a mesoscale cold pool. Future work will incorporate the stationary front into the idealized simulation using a sounding north and a sounding south of the front for initialization.

Seminar: Evaluating the Impact of Rapid-Scan Radar Data on Dual-Doppler Vertical Velocity Retrievals

On Friday, April 26th, Joshua Gebauer will present Evaluating the Impact of Rapid-Scan Radar Data on Dual-Doppler Vertical Velocity Retrievals at 3:00pm in the NWC, Room 5600. Click the image to view larger.

Capstone Presentations!


Seminar: The Influence of Urban Form and Vegetation on Near-Source Dispersion in a Realistic Urban Canopy

On Friday, April 26th, Briana Lynch will present The Influence of Urban Form and Vegetation on Near-Source Dispersion in a Realistic Urban Canopy at 2:00pm in the NWC, Room 5600. Click the image to view larger.

Seminar: 18 Years of Innovation: The NOAA Hazardous Weather Testbed Spring Forecasting Experiment

On Thursday, April 25th, Dr. Burkely Gallo will present 18 Years of Innovation: The NOAA Hazardous Weather Testbed Spring Forecasting Experiment at 3:30pm in the NWC, Room 1313. Click the image to view larger.

Celebrating Tribal Environmental Professionals with Video Portraits

Native American Tribal environmental professionals (TEPs) serve Tribal communities by monitoring water and/or air quality, managing natural and cultural resources, composing funding proposals, and/or overseeing educational outreach. Their labor requires navigating the divergent and heterogeneous terrain of scientific and Tribal communities. At this event, OU geography professsor Dr. Laurel Smith will introduce the TEP Video Portrait Project before we screen two short portraits each showcasing a woman working as a TEP in Oklahoma. Our panelists will then discuss their experiences in both filmmaking and Tribal environmental careers as well as the value of video narratives in changing public perception of the environment. Food will be served following the panel. Click the image to view larger.

Seminar: Polar prediction through the past 150 years

On Wednesday, April 24th, Dr. John Walsh will present Polar prediction through the past 150 years at 4:00pm in the NWC, Room 1313. Click the image to view larger.

Seminar: A New Look at Southern Great Plains Winter Weather Through the High-Resolution Lens of UAVs

On Wednesday, April 24th, Daniel Tripp will present A New Look at Southern Great Plains Winter Weather Through the High-Resolution Lens of UAVs at 3:00pm in the NWC, Room 5600. Click the image to view larger.

Green Week - Friday


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Green Week - Monday


Green Week Schedule


NWC Library - Spring Book Sale


Seminar: Tropical Cyclones: variability, risk, and future challenges

On Monday, April 22nd, Dr. Suzana Camargo will present Tropical Cyclones: variability, risk and futre challenges at 4:00pm in the NWC, Room 1313. Click the image to view larger.

Seminar: Development of the Multi-scale Hybrid 4DEnVar System for NCEP FV3GFS: Scale-dependent-localization with and without Cross-band Correlations

On Friday, April 19th, Bo Huang will present Development of the Multi-scale Hybrid 4DEnVar System for NCEP FV3GFS: Scale-dependent-localization with and without Cross-band Correlations  at 3:30pm in the NWC, Room 5600. Click the image to view larger.

Seminar: Quantifying the Benefits of a Rapid-Scanning Weather Radar System

On Friday, April 19th, Andrew Mahre will present Quantifying the Benefits of a Rapid-Scanning Weather Radar System at 3:00pm in the NWC, Room 5600. Click the image to view larger.

Seminar: Recent Advances and Applications of Utilizing Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Atmospheric Research

On Friday, April 19th, Brian Greene will present Recent Advances and Applications of Utilizing Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Atmospheric Research at 2:00pm in then NWC, Room 5600. Click the image to view larger.

Undergraduate Town Hall

Thursday, April 18th at 6:00pm in the NWC, Room 1350.

There will be pizza! Click the image to view larger.

Seminar: Dynamics of Long-Lived Atmospheric Circulation Patterns

On Thursday, April 18th, Dr. Christian Franzke will present Dynamics of Long-Lived Atmospheric Circulation Patterns at 4:00pm in the NWC, Room 1313. Click the image to view larger.

OWL Banquet


Catered by Zio's Italian Kitchen via SGA. For recommendations based on disability, contact oklahomaweatherlab@gmail.com.

GIS Club Meeting - April

Join us at our LAST meeting of the year! Come learn about launching a professional career in GIS from our featured guest speaker. We'll also hold officer elections for next year, and as always, there will be FREE food! See you there! Click the image to view larger.

Seminar: Impacts of Tropopause-Penetrating Convection on the Chemical Composition of the Upper Troposphere and Lower Stratosphere

On Wednesday, April 17th, Dan Phoenix will present Impacts of Tropopause-Penetrating Convection on the Chemical Composition of the Upper Troposphere and Lower Stratosphere at 3:00pm in the NWC, Room 5600. Click the image to view larger.

College of A&GS Annual Etiquette Dinner


All A&GS majors, freshman-graduate, are cordially invited to attend the College's annual Etiquette Dinner, which takes place on Tuesday, April 16th at 4:00pm in the Oklahoma Memorial Union. Many jobs are offered during a dinner setting - learn all the rules and regs to help you land that position! Please RSVP the College's Director of External Relations, Kari Roop, and kroop@ou.edu by this Friday, April 12th, at 5:00pm if you would like to attend.

Seminar: A Geometric View of the Ins and Outs of Simulation-based Forecasting

On Monday, April 15th, Dr. Leonard Smith will present A Geometric View of the Ins and Outs of Simulation-based Forecasting at 4:00pm in the NWC, Room 1313. Click the image to view larger.

Seminar: Atmospheric Conditions Proceeding Very Rapid Sea Ice Loss Events

On Monday, April 15th, Madeline Frank will present Atmospheric Conditions Proceeding Very Rapid Sea Ice Loss Events at 10:00am in the NWC, Room 5930. Please click the image to view larger.

Seminar: Using Machine Learning Applications and HREFv2 to Enhance Hail Prediction for Operations

On Friday, April 12th, Amanda Burke will present Using Machine Learning Applications and HREFv2 to Enhance Hail Prediction for Operations at 3:00pm in the NWC, Room 5600. Click the image to view larger.

Botany Club Plant Sale

The Annual Botany Club Plant Sale will be on Friday, April 12th, 2019 from 8am - 2pm. Come early for succulents to spruce up your house and herbs to spice up your cooking! This year: exclusive carnivorous plants. Everyone from the Norman Community is welcome to attend! Click the image to view larger.

Colloquium: The Tropopause: A Literal Interface Linking Weather to Climate

On Thursday, April 11th, Dr. Cameron R. Homeyer will present The Tropopause: A Literal Interface Linking Weather to Climate at 4:00pm in the NWC, Room 1313. Click the image to view larger.

Lecture: Nonresonating Modes Do It Better!

On Thursday, April 11th, Dr. Simone Bastioli will present Nonresonating Modes Do It Better! at 2:00pm in the RIL, Room 202. Click here to Read More.

Seminar: Quantifying Precipitation Efficiency and the Drivers of Excessive Precipitation in Post-Landfill Hurricane Harvey

On Wednesday, April 10th, Noah Brauer will present Quantifying Precipitation Efficiency and the Drivers of Excessive Precipitation in Post-Landfill Hurricane Harvey at 3:00pm in the NWC, Room 5600. Click the image to view larger.

Sign Ups for the WDTD are LIVE

Sign up by April 5th, 2019

This workshop is a unique experience that lets you issue NWS warnings as if you were an NWS forecaster. Click the image to view larger.

Workshop date: April 11th, from 4:00pm - 7:00pm in the NWC, Room 4820

Click the link to register: WDTD Link

Seminar: Effects of the Representation of Rimed Ice in Bulk Microphysics Schemes on Polarimetric Signatures

On Friday, April 5th, Marcus Johnson will present Effects of the Representation of Rimed Ice in Bulk Microphysics Schemes on Polarimetric Signatures at 3:00pm in the NWC, Room 5600. Click the image to view larger.

Seminar: CTP/"Bye": When the Rainfall Departs, and Land-Atmosphere Feedbacks Arrive: How Coupling Contributes to Flash Drought Behavior

On Friday, April 5th, Ryann Wakefield will present CTP/"Bye": When the Rainfall Departs, and Land-Atmosphere Feedbacks Arrive: How Coupling Contributes to Flash Drought Behavior at 2:00pm in the NWC, Room 5600. Click the image to learn more.

OWL Presents: Jeff Piotrowski


Jeff Piotrowski will be presenting at the OWL on April 3rd, 7:00pm in the NWC, Room 1350. Billy Sim's Barbecue will be provided via SGA. For accomodations on the basis of disability, contact oklahomaweatherlab@gmail.com

GES Club

On Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019, officer elections will be held. Snacks will be provided. Click the image to view larger.

Seminar: Importance of Above and Below Cloud Aerosols in Determining Cloud Properties in Stratocumulus over the South East Atlantic Ocean

On Wednesday, April 3rd, Stiddhant Gupta will present Importance of Above and Below Cloud Aerosols in Determining Cloud Properties in Stratocumulus over the South East Atlantic Ocean at 3:00pm in the NWC, Room 5600. Click the image to view larger.

Seminar: High-Temporal Resolution Observations of Tornadoes Using the Atmospheric Imaging Radar

On Friday, March 29th, Casey Griffin will present High-Temporal Resolution Observations of Tornadoes Using the Atmospheric Imaging Radar at 3:00pm in the NWC, Room 5600. Click the image to learn more.

Seminar: Making Tornado Alley a Better (and Safer) Place to Live

On Friday, March 29th, Dr. Guirong (Grace) Yan will present Making Tornado Alley a Better (and Safer) Place to Live at 2:00pm in the NWC, Room 5600. Click the image to learn more.

Seminar: Analysis of the Dynamics and Microphysics of a Wet Downburst Case Using Dual-Polarization Radar Data

On Friday, March 29th, Vivek Mahale will present Analysis of the Dynamics and Microphysics of a Wet Downburst Case Using Dual-Polarization Radar Data at 11:00am in the NWC, Room 4140. Click the image to learn more.

GIS Club Meeting

Join us at our March Club Meeting on Wednesday, March 27th, from 5:00pm - 7:00pm in the SEC, Room N106. Click the image to view larger.

Seminar: Satellite and polarimetric ground-based radar retrievals of ice cloud and precipitation microphysics Intercomparisons and Connections

On Wednesday, March 27th, Sergey Matrosov will present Satellite and polarimetric ground-based retrievals of ice cloud and precipitation microphysics Intercomparisons and Connections at 4:00pm in the NWC, Room 1350. Click here to read more.

Seminar: Developing and testing sub-daily forecast products within the severe weather communication system

On Wednesday, March 27th, Mackenzie Krocak will present Developing and testing sub-daily forecast products within the severe weather communication system at 3:00pm in the NWC, Room 5600. Click the image to learn more.

Weather Briefing March 27th, 2019

As the calendar approaches April, gradually warming and more humid days are certainly ahead. It appears that this will lead to at least a small chance of severe storms in the OK area the next few days. However, a strong cold front will shut down the convective weather in the area for this weekend and at least into early next week. What does April convective weather look like?

All of this will be discussed today at 1:00pm in the NWC Atrium by former SPC Operations Branch Chief, David Imy.

Graduation Gear-Up

Everything you need for graduation! March 12th-15th, from 10am - 6pm in the Molly Shi Boren Ballroom, Oklahoma Memorial Union. Click the image to view larger.

Seminar: Utilizing the High-Resolution Ensemble Forecast (HREF) to Produce Calibrated Probabilistic Thunderstorm Guidance at the Storm Prediction Center

On Friday, March 15th, David Harrison will present Utilizing the High-Resolution Ensemble Forecast (HREF) to Produce Calibrated Probabilistic Thunderstorm Guidance at the Storm Prediction Center at 3:30pm in NWC, Room 5600. Click the image to learn more.

Seminar: Polarimetric Investigation of Precipitation within the Comma Head of the 2 February 2015 Nor'easter

On Friday, March 15th, Amanda Murphy will present Polarimetric Investigation of Precipitation within the Comma Head of the 2 February 2015 Nor'easter at 3:00pm in NWC, Room 5600. Click the image to learn more.

Seminar: OU SoM Student Affairs Committee Professional Development Seminar

Wondering what the job application process is like? Want to speak with professionals with experience in your field of choice? Thursday, March 14th, from 5pm - 6:30pm in NWC, Room 1350, Professionals from DTN, CIMMS, and NWC discuss the parts of a good application, the interview process and tips for standing out. Click the image to view larger.

Colloquium: Living with Water and Stone: Urban Adaptation Beyond Green Infrastructure

On Thursday, March 14th, Dr. Ursula Lang of Rhode Island School of Design will present Living with Water and Stone: Urban Adaptation Beyond Green Infrastructure at 4:00pm in SEC, Room 1446. Click the image to learn more.

Seminar: On forecasts at the Arctic sea ice edge

On Wednesday, March 13th, Nick Szaprio will present On forecasts at the Arctic sea ice edge at 3:00pm in NWC, Room 5930.

As the Arctic warms and an ocean opens, the Nansen Legacy is a novel and holistic Arctic research project based in Norway that will provide integrated scientific knowledge on the rapidly changing marine climate and ecosystem required to facilitate a sustainable management of the northern Barents Sea and adjacent Arctic Basin through the 21st century. Towards the improved process understanding the predictions needed, a regional high-resolution, coupled atmosphere-sea ice-ocean-wave-land dynamical model is under developement for improved operational short-range forecasts of the European Arctic, particularly for shipping, marine search and rescue, resource mining, oil spill response, and fishery operations in extreme weather. Motivating applications, implementation plans, and challenges of waves in the marginal ice zone will be discussed.

Weather Briefing March 13th, 2019 in NWC Atrium at 1pm

"Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! Rage! Blow!"

William Shakespeare, King Lear

 

Get blown away today at weather briefing! Topics include record low pressures, severe weather, and the spring break forecast!! Dr. Lou Wicker leads today's briefing at 1:00pm in the NWC Atrium!

 

"It's not that the wind is blowing, it's what the wind is blowing..."

Ron While, comedian

Colloquium: Using observations and models to understand the warming Arctic

On Tuesday, March 12th, Dr. Jennifer Kay will present Using observations and models to understand the warming Arctic at 4:00pm in the NWC, Room 1313. Refreshments served at 3:30pm. Click the image to learn more.

DGES Brown Bag Event

There will be a brown bag event featuring speaker Erin Simpson on Tuesday, March 12th, from 12:30pm - 1:30pm in Devon Energy Hall, Room 420. Bring your lunch!

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Seminar: Impacts of tropopause polar vortices on Arctic sea ice loss

On Tuesday, March 12th, Nick Szapiro will present Impacts of tropopause polar vortices on Arctic sea ice loss at 11:00am in NWC, Room 1120. Click the image to learn more.

Seminar: Impact of Assimilating Boundary Layer Profilers on the Prediction of Bores and Bore-Initiated Convection: A Multi-Scale Evaluation for the 6 July 2015 PECAN Case Study

On Friday, March 8th, Hristo Chipilski will present Impact of Assimilating Boundary Layer Profilers on the Prediction of Bores and Bore-Initiated Convection: A Multi-Scale Evaluation for the 6 July 2015 PECAN Case Study at 3:30pm in the NWC, Room 5600. Click the image to learn more.

Seminar: Evaluating of the Impact of Assimilating PECAN Observations on Forecasts of Nocturnal Convection Initiation: A Case Study and Ongoing Systematic Experiments

On Friday, March 8th, Samuel Degelia will present Evaluating of the Impact of Assimilating PECAN Observations on Forecasts of Nocturnal Convection Initiation: A Case Study and Ongoing Systematic Experiments at 3:00pm in the NWC, Room 5600. Click the image to learn more.

Seminar: Confronting the Boundary Layer Data Gap: Evaluating New and Existing Methodologies of Probing the Lower Atmosphere

On Friday, March 8th, Tyler Bell will present Confronting the Boundary Layer Data Gap: Evaluating New and Existing Methodologies of Probing the Lower Atmosphere at 2:00pm in the NWC, Room 5600. Click the image to learn more.

OWL Presents: Meteorologist Kevin Selle of KFDX Wichita Falls, TX


On March 6th at 7pm, NWC 1350, OWL Presents: Meteorologist Kevin Selle of KFDX Wichita Falls, TX. Catered by Slim Chickens.

GES Club


On Wednesday, March 6th, 2019, get information about our upcoming wind farm trip on Saturday, March 9th! Snacks will be provided.

Seminar: Synoptic Characteristics and Precursors to Subseasonal to Seasonal Extreme Precipitation Events Across the United States

On Wednesday, March 6th, Gregory Jennrich will present Synoptic Characteristics and Precursors to Subseasonal to Seasonal Extreme Precipitation Events Across the United States at 3:00pm in the NWC, Room 5600. Click the image to learn more.

Weather Briefing March 6th, 2019 in NWC Atrium at 1pm

A near-record strong polar vortex? Weather whiplash as we finally warm up? Potential for severe weather this weekend? Find out what it all means with Ben Shenkel on March 6th, 2019 in the atrium at 1pm.

Seminar: Analysis of Next-Day Hail Forecasts Using Multi-Moment Microphysics Schemes for the 8 May 2017 Severe Hail Event in Colorado

On Friday, March 1st, Meteorology doctoral degree candidate Jonathan Labriola will present Analysis of Next-Day Hail Forecasts Using Multi-Moment Microphysics Schemes for the 8 May 2017 Severe Hail Event in Colorado at 3:30pm in the NWC, Room 5600. Click the image to learn more.

Seminar: Impact of Vortex Relocation Strategies on Hurricane Inner-core Data Assimilation and Prediction in the HWRF EnVar DA System

On Friday, March 1st, Xu Lu and Dr. Xuguang Wang will present Impact of Vortex Relaction Strategies on Hurricane Inner-core Data Assimilation and Prediction in the HWRF EnVar DA System at 3:00pm in the NWC, Room 5600. Click the image to learn more.

Seminar: The Vertical Velocity at the Leading Edge of Density Currents

On Friday, March 1st, Meteorology dectoral degree candidate Dylan Reif will present The Vertical Velocity at the Leading Edge of Density Currents at 2:00pm in the NWC, Room 5600. Click the image to learn more.

Career and Internship Fair: Friday, March 1, 2019


Join the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences for a career and internship fair on Friday, March 1, 2019 from 9am-12:30pm in the Atrium of the National Weather Center! Make sure your resume is up-to-date and ready to go!


Employers and students: Want to connect during our Career and Internship Fair? Click the link below!

Click here for the Handshake App!

Nate Sleight: Bridge Builder

Nate Sleight is a graduate student in OU's Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability. His research on river systems in the state received the award for best poster presentation at an annual geography conference in Denton, Texas, and again at Geospatial Information Science Day at OU. Click the picture to learn more.

Robert D. Palmer Recognized by IEEE as Fellow


Robert D. Palmer, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma meteorology professor, associate vice president for research and executive director of the Advanced Radar Research Center, has been named an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering Fellow. Among a select group of recipients recommended for the prestigious honor, Palmer is being recognized for contributions to atmospheric and meteorological radar science.

"Professor Robert Palmer has brought distinction to the University of Oklahoma in numerous ways: scientifically, academically and through service that reaches a wide array of private and public sector activities. His most recent and great honor of being made a fellow in the institute adds to this record of distinction to OU. We are particularly thrilled since this also brings much deserved distinction to Bob Palmer," said Berrien Moore, vice president for Weather and Climate Programs, director of the National Weather Center and dean of the OU College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences.

While at OU, Palmer has been deeply committed to providing students a rigorous education in weather radar. In close collaboration with colleagues in the Norman weather radar community, Palmer led the development of a unique interdisciplinary curriculum in radar meteorology. Soon after joining OU, Palmer established the Advanced Radar Research Center, which is rapidly gaining recognition as one of the world's strongest academic centers in radar meteorology.

In recent years, Palmer has focused on the application of advanced radar signal processing techniques to observations of severe weather, particularly related to phased-array radars and other innovative system designs. He has been published widely in the area of radar remote sensing of the atmosphere, with an emphasis on generalized imaging problems, spatial filter design, and clutter mitigation using advanced array and signal processing techniques.

Palmer, an OU graduate with a doctoral degree in electrical engineering, is actively engaged with his profession through involvement with the American Meteorological Society, the American Geophysical Union and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering. Internationally, he has been committed to the development of a vibrant exchange program with Kyoto University in Japan, focused on studies of the atmosphere using modeling and advanced remote sensing methods. He has received several awards for his research and teaching activities and is an American Meteorological Society Fellow as well.

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering Grade of Fellow is conferred by the Board of Directors upon a person with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the fields of interest. The total number selected in any one year cannot exceed one-tenth of one- percent of the total voting membership. Fellow is the highest grade of the institute's membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement.

OU Meteorology Professor Wins ‘Young Investigator’ Award


University of Oklahoma Professor Steven Cavallo is the recipient of the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program award for his commitment to the study of vortex dynamics.  The prestigious prize is awarded to academic scientists in their first or second full-time academic appointment, and grants up to $170,000 annually in assistance for capital equipment, graduate student support or the salary of the investigator in the subsequent three years.

“We are indeed fortunate to have such an exceptional faculty member at the University of Oklahoma who richly deserves this recognition for his outstanding research,” said OU President David L. Boren. “A strong research base is one of the greatest engines for future economic growth in our state.”

Cavallo, assistant professor with the OU School of Meteorology, joined the meteorology faculty in 2011 from the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado.  In addition to his duties as a meteorology professor, he is an affiliate faculty for the Center for Analysis and Prediction of Storms and a fellow of the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies, both located on the OU Research Campus in Norman, Oklahoma.

“What a great role model for our students,” said Berrien Moore, dean of the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences and director of the Nation Weather Center.  “We are so proud of Dr. Cavallo’s success and awards.  We know his research will lead to amazing things.”

During his career, Cavallo has been published in 13 journals, an invited speaker in many countries around the world and demonstrated a unique commitment to the study of vortex dynamics.  He began researching the subject as an undergraduate, then examined Arctic vortices in his graduate work.  At the time, very little was known on the topic, and that motivated him to be the one who could start putting together a new scientific story.

“I’m proud of sticking with my passion to make positive contributions to atmospheric science, and especially in polar meteorology, despite much discouragement early on,” he said.

NSF-supported research at the University of Oklahoma uses supercomputers and simulations to improve storm forecasts


When a hail storm moved through Fort Worth, Texas on May 5, 1995, it battered the highly populated area with hail up to 4 inches in diameter and struck a local outdoor festival known as the Fort Worth Mayfest.

The Mayfest Storm was one of the costliest hailstorms in U.S history, causing more than $2 billion in damage and injuring at least 100 people.

Scientists know that storms with a rotating updraft on their southwestern sides -- which are particularly common in the spring on the U.S. southern plains -- are associated with the biggest, most severe tornadoes and also produce a lot of large hail. However, clear ideas on how they form and how to predict these events in advance have proven elusive.

A team based at University of Oklahoma (OU) working on the Severe Hail Analysis, Representation and Prediction (SHARP) project works to solve that mystery, with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF).  Read More

Meet the President

OU School of Meteorology professor

You might know Dr. Fred Carr as a professor, mentor, journal reviewer, chair, committee member, founder, builder, or ski patrolman, but now you can add president to the list.

The 2016-2017 American Meteorological Society President is a big role to fill. Presidents plan the conference, work on membership retention, develop new tactics for weather communications, increase enterprise in the field, work with higher education to develop the next generation of students, and overall strengthen the weather, water, and climate community. This is a role that Dr. Carr doesn’t take lightly. “All of the service and leadership activities I’ve been involved with over the years have given me a greater understanding of everything AMS does and what the Society wants to accomplish. This puts me in a strong position to serve as AMS President,” said Carr.

Carr added, “I would like to be personally involved in increasing our membership, especially among students and young professionals in development activities, in many of the Commission activities, and in planning for the AMS Centennial Celebration.”

Dr. Carr has been with the University of Oklahoma’s School of Meteorology since 1979. In the last thirty-six years, he’s helped the school grow from a faculty of six to the current twenty-four as both director of the school and his current role as the McCasland Foundation Presidential Professor. He has also invested in the lives of many students through the Freshmen Mentoring Program. This program takes about fifteen out-of-state meteorology majors and helps them make friends and get settled in through a variety of different activities during their first semester.

“We are honored to have Dr. Carr in the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences at the University of Oklahoma! What a great role model for our students and alumni. Dr. Carr will be a wonderful President and we anticipate a great year for AMS!” said Dr. Berrien Moore, Dean of the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences and Director of the National Weather Center. 

Changing the World Through NASA Science


Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen is the Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters. He was appointed in September of 2016.
Previously, Thomas was a Professor of Space Science and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michiganin Ann Arbor. He was also the university’s founding director of the Center for Entrepreneurship in the College of Engineering.His interests and experience include research in solar and heliospheric physics, experimental space research, space systems, and innovation and entrepreneurship.  
He has been involved with several NASA science missions -- Ulysses, the MESSENGER spacecraft to Mercury, and the Advanced Composition Explorer. Thomas earned his Masters and Ph.D. in physics from the University of Bern in Switzerland.

Congratulations!


Congratulations to our outstanding staff members Mary Anne Hempe and Jamie Steele for winning the Provost's Awards! 

Mary Anne Hempe won the Provost's Outstanding Academic Administrator Advising Award

Jamie Steele won the Provost's Outstanding New Advisor Award

We are so proud of you!

Al Roker is coming to OU!


The Today Show is coming to campus! Al Roker is broadcasting live from the Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on Monday morning, March 27th! We're hoping to see 3,000 people from Sooner Nation roll out to the first stop on Rokerthon’s 2nd record-setting, cross-country journey, so don't miss your chance to be part of the fun. Wear crimson and join your Sooner Family Monday morning at the stadium for the live broadcast, free breakfast, giveaways (eligible for current OU students), and even help us break a world record!

A&GS 10th Anniversary Reception


The College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences is celebrating 10 years in 2016! To commemorate the event, we will be hosting an alumni reception on Homecoming Weekend. Join us on Friday, Oct. 28th, from 5:30-7:30 in the atrium of the National Weather Center before visiting the Rah Rally! inside Lloyd Noble Center at 8.

Oklahoma Schools Share $6 Million Award to Develop Weather Drones

The University of Oklahoma is one of four universities that are working together on an unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) that improve weather forecasting. The $6 million funding comes from the National Science Foundation over the next four years. 

The University of Oklahoma will be supporting this project through its established strengths in meteorology and radar engineering. Small UAS technology enables researchers to explore the region of the atmosphere immediately above the Earth’s surface called the atmospheric boundary layer.  OU has considerable experience in boundary layer meteorology and the addition of small UAS will considerably impact future studies. Additionally, OU will begin to explore the challenging question of how small UAS can be integrated into studying the impacts of climate change on our society. From an engineering side, this project will enable researchers at the University of Oklahoma to continue developing improved methods of detecting and tracking small UAS and efficiently communicating with these aircraft.

“I very am excited to be part of this project because if allows us to fundamentally demonstrate the value of using small UAS to monitor and investigate the lower atmosphere. This research has the potential to be a real game changer for meteorology and weather forecasting.” - Dr. Phil Chilson, professor at the University of Oklahoma School of Meteorology & Advanced Radar Research Center.

NASA talks: The Search for Life: Oceans Beyond Earth


NASA researcher Dr. Kevin Hand is coming to the National Weather Center beginning at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 22. Dr. Hand, an expert on the distribution of life in the solar system, is the Deputy Chief Scientist for Solar System Exploration. He will tell the story of the how the exploration of Earth’s oceans is helping to inform our understanding of the potential habitability of worlds like Europa, which is a top priority for future NASA missions.    

Immediately before the forum, visitors are invited to attend a complimentary reception accompanying the Galileo’s World exhibits at the National Weather Center.

For more information, click here.

Congratulations Lance Leslie and Mike Richman


On your paper co-authored by Hamish A. Ramsay titled Seasonal Tropical Cyclone Predictions Using Optimized Combinations of ENSO Regions: Application to the Coral Sea Basin reaching #1 in J Climate and #3 in all AMS Journals! We are so proud of you!

Click here for the link to the paper.

NASA talks: Mars in the Age of Space Exploration

NASA researcher Dr. Richard Zurek is coming to the National Weather Center beginning at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 10. Dr. Zurek, an expert on the climate of Mars, the Chief Scientist for the Mars Program Office at JPL. He will tell the story of the three Mars missions and their discoveries, from the possiblilty of habitation to the changing climate.

Immediately before the forum, visitors are invited to attend a complimentary reception accompanying the Galileo’s World exhibits at the National Weather Center.

For more information, click here.

NASA talks: the Saturn System and the Cassini Mission

NASA researcher Dr. Linda Spilker is coming to the National Weather Center beginning at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 4. Dr. Spilker, an expert on the planetary ring system, is the Cassini Project Scientist. She will tell the story of the Cassini mission and its discoveries, from the icy jets shooting from the south pole of Enceladus to lakes of liquid hydrocarbons and methane rain on Titan.    

Immediately before the forum, visitors are invited to attend a complimentary reception accompanying the Galileo’s World exhibits at the National Weather Center.

 

Click here for more details!

SEJ's 25th Annual Conference, Norman, OK, Oct. 7-11, 2015

The Society of Environmental Journalists is the only North-American membership association of professional journalists dedicated to more and better coverage of environment-related issues. SEJ’s mission is to strengthen the quality, reach and viability of journalism across all media to advance public understanding of environmental issues.

Sign up for the conference by clicking here

Dual-Pol Traing Course offered Fall 2015

REGISTER FOR THE FALL 2015 DUAL-POL TRAINING COURSE AND RECEIVE SOME OF THE SAME TRAINING AS FORECASTERS OF THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

*Are you a member of the National Weather Association? Save 10% on your registration, and earn five CEU credits toward your NWA Seal re-certification

The University of Oklahoma Office of Weather Programs & Projects is offering a training course in dual-polarization radar technology, using award-winning materials co-developed by The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies and the Warning Decision Training Branch. This 20-hour Department of Commerce Gold Medal course consists of 12 hours of web-based distance learning and 8 hours of in-residence instruction using real-life weather scenarios. Much of this training is the same as that used by forecasters of the National Weather Service! NWA members save 10% on registration and earn 5 CEU credits toward NWA Seal re-certification.

Distance learning will begin in August, and an in-residence workshop will be held in conjunction with the NWA Annual Meeting in Oklahoma City this October. You will have the choice to attend one of two scheduled workshops for your in-residence portion: 1) Friday, October 16 (4-8 PM) & Saturday, October 17 (8 AM - NOON) OR 2) Wednesday, October 21 (4-8 PM) & Thursday, October 22 (8 AM - NOON). You will be contacted via e-mail for your preferred workshop dates after you register. *Please note: if the workshop capacity is not met, the workshop may be offered during only one of the above times.

NWA Member Reduced Rate: $450.00 Regular Rate: $500.00

**Please note that the registration fee does not include air, ground, meal or lodging expenses during the required hands-on workshop, in conjunction with the National Weather Association's Annual Meeting in Oklahoma City. Non-NWA members are still encouraged to participate in the course.

To register, or for questions, contact Nicole at nrobertson@ou.edu. Space is limited!

Have you heard of #PECAN15?

Jim Kurdzo at PECAN

Plains Elevated Convection At Night (PECAN) is a large, intensive field project to collect data before and during nighttime thunderstorms in the Great Plains from June 1 to July 15, 2015. PECAN is a research project comprised fourteen universities, eight research groups and three government agencies. 

For more information about this project, click here or search #PECAN15 in Twitter

GARY ENGLAND JOINS OU AS CONSULTING METEOROLOGIST-IN-RESIDENCE

 Gary England

At the March meeting of the OU Board of Regents, OU President David L. Boren announced Gary England as OU's consulting meteorologist-in-residence.

Read full story here

GRADUATE STUDENT AWARDED PRESTIGIOUS HONOR

 Phillip Stepanian

Meteorology graduate student Phillip Stepanian was awarded and accepted a prestigious Marshall post-graduate Fellowship. After completing his Ph.D., he will conduct biological radar research in the United Kingdom. Typically only one of these prestigious Fellowships are awarded annually across the entire US each year. Graduate students in science and engineering are offered to Fellowship to enable American scientists or engineers to undertake post-doctoral research for up to one year at a British university or research institute.

Looking over the award winners of the past 15 years, Stepanian appears to be the first atmospheric scientist to be awarded this honor in that time frame.

Congratulations to Phillip Stepanian and his advisor Professor Phil Chilson!

2015 OU Reception Another Success!

AMS Logo

Each year, the University of Oklahoma hosts a reception for alumni, students and others at the American Meteorological Society's Annual Meeting. This year, the conference was held in Phoenix and the OU Reception took place at the beautiful Arizona Science Center. Check out some of the fun had by all!

OU Reception Video

Kelvin Droegemeier Named 2014 Fellow by AAAS

Kelvin Droegemeier

The American Association for the Advancement of Science recently named its list of Fellows for 2014, honoring them for their contributions to innovation, education, and scientific leadership. Among the six Atmospheric and Hydrospheric Sciences recipients is the University of Oklahoma’s own Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier, Vice President for Research and School of Meteorology professor.

The AAAS seeks to "advance science, engineering, and innovation throughout the world for the benefit of all people. To fulfill this mission, the AAAS Board has set broad goals including enhancing communication among scientists, engineers, and the public; promoting and defending the integrity of science and its use; strengthening support for the science and technology enterprise; and providing a voice for science on societal issues.

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Dr. Jeffrey Basara Presents at International Science Symposium in China

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Dr. Jeffrey Basara, Associate Professor of Meteorology, was invited by the National Academy of Sciences to participate in the 16th Chinese-American Kavli Forntiers of Science symposium recently held in Beijing. He presented in the "Extreme Weather" discussion alongside a colleague from the China Meteorological Administration, an incredible honor for Dr. Basara and for all of us at AGS! 

According to the National Academy of Sciences, "This symposium series is the Academy’s premiere activity for distinguished young scientists. Unlike meetings that cover a single, narrow slice of science, these symposia are designed to provide an overview of advances and opportunities in a wide-ranging set of disciplines and to provide an opportunity for the future leaders of science to build a network with their colleagues. Attendees are selected by a committee of Academy members from among young researchers who have already made recognized contributions to science, including recipients of major fellowships and awards. Since its inception in 1989, more than one hundred fifty of its “alumni” have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, and ten have received Nobel Prizes. Many participants cite the Kavli Frontiers of Science symposium as one of the most significant experiences of their scientific careers."

DGES Dominates Student Awards at SWAAG Meeting

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The Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability brought nearly 30 students to the annual meeting of the Southwest Division of the American Association of Geographers, held this year in Albuquerque, N.M.  

Students diligently prepared and showcased numerous presentations and posters at the annual meeting to great acclaim!  DGES students brought home first place honors in both undergraduate student paper and poster categories!

First place in the poster competition went to Thuso Motselebane, Mantankiso Phooko, and Benjamin Ignac for their poster: Space, Time and Crime: A Spatiotemporal Analysis of Criminal Activities on the Campus of the University of Oklahoma.

First place in the paper competition went to Brooks Heitmeier for his paper: Texas Elections 2014: Mapping Wendy Davis' Prior Electoral Credibility.

Our warmest congratulations to these winners and all who presented at the meeting! What a great honor for our growing department!

Geography Graduate Student Receives Campus Honor

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Geography Ph.D. student Angela Person received the Provost's Certificate of Distinction for Outstanding Graduate Student teaching. Recipients of this award represent the top 10% of all graduate student teaching assistants on the Norman campus, based on student evaluations. This is a fantastic honor indeed! Congratulations to Angela!

 

AMS Accolades for A&GS Faculty and NWC Personnel

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Recently, the American Meteorological Society announced its 2015 Award Winners, Fellow and Honorary Members. The National Weather Center is proud to boast that faculty, researchers, meteorologists and organizations within the building were among the recipients of these prestigious honors.  See the list of NWC-related winners below:

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Dr. Elbert (Joe) Friday

Dr. Joe Friday was recognized as an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Society. Honorary Members are acknowledged as persons of acknowledged international preeminence in the atmospheric or related oceanic or hydrologic sciences. It is one of the highest honors bestowed by the Society.

Congratulations to Joe for a lifetime of achievements, including being an instrumental. Joe is currently an emeritus faculty within the School of Meteorology. He served as WeatherNews Chair and Professor of Applied Meteorology within the School from 2003 to 2006. He was also a former Director of the National Weather Service. Congratulations to Dr. Friday as he joins Dr. Sasaki, another Emeritus Faculty of the School, as Honorary Members of AMS.

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Dr. Evgeni Fedorovich

Professor Evgeni Fedorovich received recognition with the Editors Award for Journal of Atmospheric Sciences for Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences for insightful, timely, and thorough reviews and re-reviews of several manuscripts during the last two years. Incredibly, this award is Federovich’s second Editor's Award that he received from AMS. He is the Co-chief Editor of Boundary Layer Meteorology.

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Dr. Robert Palmer, Associate Vice President for Research

Professor Robert Palmer was named a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society. Fellows are those persons that have made outstanding contributions to the atmospheric or related oceanic or hydrologic sciences or their applications during a substantial period of years. Fellows represent the top 0.2 % of the membership of the society. Palmer joins Drs. Bluestein, Carr, Droegemeier, Leslie, Moore, and Parsons as active faculty members who are Fellows of the Society.

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Dr. Paul Markowski

Dr. Paul Markowski a professor of Meteorology at Penn State who received his Master’s and Ph.D from the School of Meteorology was honored by being named the winner of the Clarence Leroy Meisinger Award for advancing knowledge about the genesis of tornadoes through a rich mix of observations, theory, and numerical modeling. This award is given to promising young or early-career scientists who have demonstrated outstanding ability.

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Dr. Kevin Kloesel

Dr. Kevin Kloesel has been named the recipient of the 2015 Charles E. Anderson Award. Dr. Kloesel is a faculty member within the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences who actively teaches for the School. He received this award for over two decades of dedication to engaging minority and under-represented groups in the atmospheric sciences through community outreach and academic leadership.

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Dr. David Jorgensen

Dr. David Jorgensen was also awarded by AMS by receiving the Charles Franklin Brooks award for over two decades of substantial contributions to, and visionary leadership of, the Society’s all-important scientific publication process, including tireless service as Publications Commissioner from 2007 to 2012. David is a scientist within NOAA's National Severe Storms Laboratory and an affiliate faculty member of the School of Meteorology.

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NOAA/NWS Forecast Office, Norman, Oklahoma

The NOAA/NWS Forecast Office, Norman, Oklahoma received the Award for Exceptional Specific Prediction for detailed, life-saving forecasts provided days through hours leading up to the EF-5 tornado that struck Newcastle, Moore, and Oklahoma City on May 20, 2013. Congratulations to this team for their outstanding service to the community.

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THE FRANCIS W. REICHELDERFER AWARD

Richard (Rick) D. Smith

For vision, long-standing dedication, and the use of innovative technologies to enhance public safety in preparing for, and responding to, severe weather.

Drought Research Grant Awarded to A&GS Assistant Professor

Mark Shafer

Congratulations to DGES Assistant Professor Mark Shafer on the receipt of a $810,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for his research project titled "Drought Risk Management for the United States."


OU Adds University Meteorologist Role

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NORMAN, OKLA. – Each year, the University of Oklahoma campus experiences potentially life-threatening weather events ranging from snow and ice storms to lightning and tornadoes. These weather events can directly impact sporting events, summer camps, commencement and dozens of day-to-day campus activities. There is a need to provide technical weather expertise to campus officials and to meet these needs, OU created the position of University Meteorologist.

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Lightning Experts from Around the World to Meet in Norman June 15-20, 2014


NORMAN, OKLA. – About 200 national and international lightning experts from countries including England, France, Brazil, China, Russia, Poland and Japan as well as the United States will gather next week in Norman for the 15th Annual International Conference on Atmospheric Electricity. Co-hosted by the NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory and the University of Oklahoma’s College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences, the conference will feature the latest research on lightning and other electrical phenomena in the atmosphere.

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Two University of Oklahoma Faculty Contribute to National Climate Assessment


NORMAN, OKLA. – Two University of Oklahoma researchers were among a team of authors from across the nation that produced the National Climate Assessment released today.  The report shows that climate change is affecting Americans now and presents the challenges that our society is likely to face in coming decades. 

The report contains 30 chapters covering climate change science, its effect on the economy and the region, and options for reducing its impacts.  Authors of the Great Plains chapter were OU faculty Mark Shafer and Renee McPherson. Shafer is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability and associate state climatologist at the Oklahoma Climatological Survey. McPherson is an associate professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability and director of research at the South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center.  Together, they spent more than two years reviewing materials, preparing a summary, and responding to comments from the public, agencies, and National Academy of Sciences. 

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Dr. Karl Offen Published in Progress in Human Geography, a Top Industry Journal


Abstract - In my second report discussing the state of historical geography, I review some of the ways historical geographers have made use of digital technologies and digital media. I also highlight how digital data, research, and presentation are affecting related humanities disciplines and inspiring their practitioners to engage more fully with geographic concepts of space, place, and cartography. I argue that information technologies and digital media can deepen the place of historical geography in the academy and in the public's eye.

http://phg.sagepub.com/content/37/4/564.abstract?etoc

OU Offering Master’s Degree in Environmental Sustainability


NORMAN, OK – To meet the growing need for professionals with advanced knowledge of environmental sustainability who can guide Oklahoma and the world in the effective management of the natural environment, a new master’s degree has been launched at the University of Oklahoma.

The addition of a Master of Science degree in Environmental Sustainability completes a curriculum restructure and organization begun nearly four years ago in OU’s College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences and Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability.

The new degree program will allow students to explore the integration between the Earth’s physical system and the social and economic institutions responsible for its management as well as to receive a thorough grounding in research methods.

“The new M.S. in Environmental Sustainability is an important milestone for OU and the state of Oklahoma,” said Berrien Moore III, dean of the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences. “It places OU in a position to contribute meaningfully and competitively to educating the next generation of business leaders, researchers, decision and policymakers who will be critical in assuring the sustainability of our high standard of living.”

Professionals who have completed this education at the graduate level will be well-positioned to use their expertise in responsible positions in the private sector, the nonprofit sector, government and education, Moore said. He added that the M.S. program in Environmental Sustainability will build upon OU’s strong institutional commitment to environmental sustainability and will draw upon and enhance the university’s well-established research expertise in sustainability, natural science and environmental management to educate professionals whose work will be essential in the creation and maintenance of a sustainable natural environment.

“With this new degree offering, we are able to tackle complex and emerging environmental challenges and support new environmentally conscious industries and jobs,” said Aondover Tarhule, chairman of the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability. “The Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability is delighted to be on the leading edge of this emerging discipline.”

The degree will contribute to OU’s educational mission by training qualified graduates with advanced education in environmental sustainability to meet the demands of the state in the public and private sectors. Graduates of the environmental sustainability degree programs will be trained to become leaders in research, decision-making and policies that guide the governance and management of the country’s environmental resources now and for the future.

2013 AMS Scholarship Recipients

The University of Oklahoma is proud to boast five 2013 AMS Scholarship recipients, more than any other university! The students are listed below with their scholarship and sponsor:

Austin A. Alford, 2013 AMS Named Scholarship, sponsored by the Naval Weather Service Association
Samuel K. Degelia, 2013 AMS Named Scholarship, sponsored by David S. Johnson
Hunter L. Luna, 2013 AMS/Industry Minority Scholarship, sponsored by AMS 21st Century Campaign
Julien D. Benjamin, 2013 AMS Freshman Undergraduate Scholarship, sponsored by Baron Services, Inc.
Kelton T. Halbert, 2013 AMS Freshman Undergraduate Scholarship, sponsored by the Naval Weather Service Association

A full list of scholarships and recipients can be found here: https://www.ametsoc.org/amsstudentinfo/scholfeldocs/2013recipients.pdf

Passion for Geography Translates into Prestigious Award for Geography Alumni Dr. Mark Micozzi


Geography is a passion for Dr. Mark Micozzi. In fact it’s his life.

The East Central University professor of cartography and geography will be honored for his lifelong passion on Aug. 3 in Denver, Colo., as he will be the 2013 recipient of the National Council for Geographic Education’s Distinguished Teaching Award.           

He is the only professor in the country to receive the award at the higher education level by the National Council for Geographic Education. He was nominated for the honor by the Oklahoma Alliance for Geography Education (OKAGE), in which he has closely worked with since 1995.

Micozzi received his Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Oklahoma in 2001.           

“I was ecstatic to hear about the award. To know some of the past recipients and their stellar accomplishments, I’m honored to be in their company,” said Micozzi.           

He was nominated and achieved the award by virtue of criteria, including classroom teaching effectiveness, curriculum development and service to the discipline. Letters of recommendation were made on his behalf by current students, former students, colleagues in geography education and teachers at the secondary level, whom he often works with closely.           

“Geography is not just a job it’s my life,” Micozzi said. “I always try to find new ways of doing things and keeping abreast of new techniques.”           

Micozzi actually prepares everything from scratch in his classroom setting, including creating his own lectures by using PowerPoint and movie clips as well as coming up with his own labs, quizzes and tests.           

“I view my job as a part of who I am. I just don’t go to work 8 to 5, it’s a lifetime of learning for me,” said Micozzi.           

Case in point is his annual summer retreat to Kenton, Okla. in the far most western point of the Oklahoma panhandle. Kenton is three miles east of the New Mexico state line and six miles south of the Colorado state line. It is the only town in Oklahoma in the Mountain Time Zone and is at Oklahoma’s highest point, with an elevation of 4,973 feet. It is also near the Black Mesa Nature Preserve.           

“I come up here to work on my curriculum and professional development,” Micozzi said. “It allows me to get out of the classroom with a little twist. It all relates to what I teach.”           

It obviously pertains to the way Micozzi lives as well.           

"I am extremely proud to have Dr. Micozzi as a friend and colleague,” said Dr. Gregory Plumb, professor and chair of the ECU Department of Cartography and Geography. “He richly deserves this award, which nationally is one of the most prestigious in geographic education.  His dedication to student and teacher learning is unsurpassed at the university level."

Former OU Professor and Longtime NOAA Employee Receives International Honor


Dr. Ken Crawford, former Regents' Professor of Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma, received the Order of Civil Merit from the Republic of Korea in a ceremony on May 13th at the National Weather Center. LEE Ilsoo, Administrator of the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA), presented the award. The award, also known as the Dongbaek Medal, is the primary series of honors for Korean civilians. Since its inception in 1975, the Dongbaek Medal has been given to 10 Koreans and 6 foreigners.

This award is given to Crawford for his meritorious contribution to the development of the nation and the society through improving the quality of the meteorological services. Crawford served as the Vice Administrator of the Korea Meteorological Administration between August 2009 and February 2013. He was appointed by the 17th President of Korea, LEE Myung-bak. In his role as Vice Administrator, Crawford was charged to advance the meteorological capabilities of the KMA. His comprehensive activities involved improved training and tools for KMA forecasters, an upgrade to the world's most advanced weather radar network, more effective use of computer graphics, and a revamping of the human talent used to produce accurate forecasts.

3,000 miles in 10 days


KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) - When 19 students and two professors from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., descended on Kingman recently, they were looking for something specific.

And while they didn't find the actual Flying A gas station that once stood at 2610 E. Andy Devine Ave., their search yielded something more important.

They got plenty of information from the site - sounds, photographs, history, mapping and interviews - to add to their collection for Road to Ruscha, a first-time, two-week course at the university offering three college credits and a road trip along Route 66 from Oklahoma City to Los Angeles and back.

The students were following the trail of pop-culture artist Ed Ruscha, 75, who was named in April as one of TIME magazine's 100 most influential people in the world for 2013.

The group traveled about 3,000 miles in 10 days in late May to locate the 26 gas stations Ruscha photographed in 1963 for his book "Twentysix Gasoline Stations."

Ruscha lived in Oklahoma City from 1941 to 1956, then moved to Los Angeles to attend Chouinart Art Institute, but frequently drove Route 66 to visit family back home.

"This is part of a project to figure out what gas stations are still there on Route 66," said Gary Gress, a professor in the school's Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability. "We went to each site, whether it was still a gas station or a field, and did investigative research.

"We were detectives looking for clues. We wanted to see how the landscape along Route 66 had changed and get a sense of community. We found Kingman to be one of the strongest, friendliest and most open communities with ties to Route 66."

Gress said he spent hours on the telephone before the trip, trying to confirm the existence and location of each site along the drive.

Jim Hinckley, manager of Penske Truck Rental at Martin Swanty Kia, said he received a call from Gress asking if he knew anything about Flying A, which had been situated at that site and photographed by Ruscha.

The students and teachers met with Hinckley when they stopped in Kingman on their return trip to Oklahoma City.

"It was a bizarre thing," said Hinckley, who has written several books about Route 66. "A gentleman called and said he had found the book 'Twentysix Gasoline Stations' and asked if I knew where the Kingman gas station was located.

"I remembered it as Hobbs Truck Stop, and I always stopped there when I came in off the ranch because I loved the food at the café. But it was torn down a few years ago when Swanty bought the place and the gas tanks have been removed."

The class and road trip also served as a chance for the students and teachers to draw attention to "No Man's Land," one of Ruscha's paintings on loan to the university's Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.

The work, which dates from 1990, outlines the territory of Oklahoma before it became a state and recalls the artist's youth in Oklahoma and his perceptions of the world beyond it. The museum is trying to purchase the painting, which costs about $430,000.

As part of the class, the group recorded video and sounds, interviewed locals, took photographs and mapped each site with real-time Global Positioning System tracking. All are available on an interactive board near the painting in the art museum, as well as online at roadtoruscha.com/2013.

The idea to replicate Ruscha's trip with students originated with Todd Stewart, associate professor of photography and associate director of the OU School of Art and Art History.

"The museum is trying to buy Ruscha's painting, and it got me to thinking of ways to raise visibility for that cause," said Stewart. "As a photographer, I've always been interested in Ed's work, especially his older books.

"I thought it would be great to use the book about gas stations and design a class centered on a road trip. So we decided to give it a shot."

The trip merged students and teachers from the School of Art and Art History and the School of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences, with academic disciplines including art, art history, geography, meteorology, geology, film and media studies, and advertising.

The trip was funded by grants from the Kirkpatrick Foundation, the OU College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences and the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.

The group also visited Ruscha at his studio in Los Angeles, where they described their trip and findings. Gress said Ruscha was easy to talk to and was fascinated by their time on the road and what they had accomplished.

Angela Rodriguez, 22, a senior in the School of Art, said she took the class because she was familiar with Ruscha's work and wanted to travel and visit with the artist.

"I think the class and trip were cool," said Rodriguez. "I love the idea of collecting information and documenting an experience that people normally wouldn't find exciting. They're just old gas stations. And it was very exciting to go to the artist's studio, see him and his dog and view his current work. There are a lot of art projects I'm going to be working on because of this trek."

Robbie Wing, 24, a senior in the School of Geography, said he learned a lot on the road trip, especially since he had never heard of Ruscha or his work.

Wing said he was responsible for gathering most of the sound data along the trip, and in the case of Hinckley, Wing recorded the television playing at Penske, noises from each room and Hinckley talking on the telephone and to the group.

The data will be part of the interactive board and website, Wing said, and available for people to hear.

"I feel like we've done this trip in a way Mr. Ruscha didn't," said Wing. "When you look at the photos in his book, there's no narrative with them. I went to each place and got the history of Route 66.

"The landscape is changing, and we're documenting that and having a blast doing it."
http://washingtonexaminer.com/3000-miles-in-10-days/article/feed/2103124

Tornado Relief


A&GS students came together to help with relief efforts for the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma.  They have been collecting items to help victims of the devastating severe weather including food, clothing and home goods, as well as assisting with clean-up efforts.

Congratulations, A&GS Students!


Kim Klockow, 2013 recipient of the Charles Standley Memorial Award.

Toni Klemm, 2013 recipient of the Ralph and Margaret Olson Scholarship.

 

Becky Steely - OU 2013 Staff Merit Award Winner


Becky Steely was chosen as a winner of OU's Distinguished Performance Award! Her nomination was reviewed by a committee of the Hourly Employees Council and she was chosen based on Superior Job Performance, Service and Dedication to the department and university, and on community service and outside activities. Congratulations and well deserved!

 

Congratulations, Maggie Holleman!


Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability MA Student Recipient of the 2013 Masters Level Student Research Grant from the Association of American Geographers' Cultural Geography Specialty Group and the 2013 Group Field Study Award from the Association of American Geographer's Latin America Specialty Group

Congratulations to our Fall 2012 A&GS graduates! We are proud of you and all of your hard work!


Some of the A&GS Fall 2012 graduates at convocation, Friday, December 14, 2012.

 

Bachelor of Arts in Geography

Andrew Barrett Gering
Caitlin Lillian Hill
Dora Jo Ann Tipton

Bachelor of Science in Geography

Shawn Marcellus Maroney
Jacob Robert Wallenine

Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Sustainability

Hozenat A. Adegbuyi
Olivia Celeste Coleman
Robert Lawson Crout IV

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sustainability

Brandon Russell McWilliams

Bachelor of Arts in Geographic Information Science

Janelle Lois Crook
Travis Matthew Minto

Master of Arts in Geography

Ana Ivanova Todorova

PhD in Geography

Haya Nasser Alhusainan

Master of Science in Meteorology

Rahama Beida
Kristen Taylor Bradford
Matthew S. Elliott
Scott Michael Ganson
Erica Michelle Griffin
Larissa Joy Reames
Mason Douglas Rowell
Jordan Douglas Schleif
Timothy Aaron Supinie

College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences has a Dozen National Merit Scholars


The College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences is home to 328 undergraduate students, making it one of the smallest degree-granting colleges at the University of Oklahoma. Even though the college is quaint, it is home to an impressive twelve National Merit Scholars.  These twelve students come from a variety of backgrounds and are all hosts to remarkable resumes.  

Paige Riley of Mansfield, Texas, is majoring in Meteorology. She, like many of the other NMS students, chose the University of Oklahoma specifically because of its renowned Atmospheric and Geographic sciences program.  After she graduates, Riley hopes to minimize the inaccuracies in forecasting by utilizing both her major in meteorology and minor in computer science in order to create more accurate programs.

Daniel Reese traveled all the way from Harrisburg, Penn., to major in Meteorology at OU. Reese also hopes to improve the accuracy of forecasting, and he aspires to move back to Pennsylvania to work at Accuweather or at the National Weather Service in State College.

Becky Wood is from New Mexico and chose this college because of her campus visit. This Environmental Sustainability student keeps busy with a second major in Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Environment, along with two minors, one in English Literature and another in French. Wood’s interest in climate change has inspired her to pursue a career in a national geosciences organization.

Lara McLellan was drawn to the College of A&GS because of the opportunities provided here for her. She has chosen to follow in her mother’s footsteps and major in Environmental Sustainability. McLellan is currently researching the impacts of heat waves on vulnerable populations in Oklahoma City.  After she graduates, McLellan desires to be part of a non-profit organization.

Madeline Dillner is from Rockford, Illinois.  Though she only chose OU because of scholarships the university offered her, Dillner has made the College of A&GS her home as she studies environmental sustainability. This subject has interested her since she first joined an environmental group at age five. Dillner hopes to use her career as an inspiration for people to achieve sustainability globally.

Andrew Wade decided to move from West Virginia to major in Meteorology at the College of A&GS after recruiters visited his high school. He is minoring in Environmental Sustainability and hopes to one day work in a geospatial analysis position.

Lauren McGraw is originally from Medina, Ohio.  She chose OU because of the A&GS program.  McGraw is pursuing a second major in geology, along with three minors: Russian, math and astronomy. With this combination of majors and minors, she hopes to eventually research extraterrestrial planets and their atmospheres.

The other five National Merit Scholars include geography students Alexandra Browning and Brooks Heitmeir, environmental sustainability student Laura Combs, geographic information science student Martin Koch and meteorology student Joseph Patton.

These twelve scholars are only snapshots of the impressive students who have chosen to study at the University of Oklahoma’s College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences. The college’s program is preparing each undergraduate for the ever-changing A&GS field in a way that few other colleges do.

Dr. Kirsten de Beurs Wins 2012 Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence


Dr. Kirsten de Beurs was named as the recipient of the 2012 Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence.   Dr. de Beurs will receive a $1,500 cash award along with an appropriate certificate and acknowledgement on a plaque displayed outside the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences (AGS) Dean’s Office.

Recipients of this award are named for their exemplary dedication to students, teaching and the scholarship of teaching.  They are recognized for their willingness to share teaching knowledge with other faculty thus helping others to become more effective teachers.  Each academic year, teaching scholars initiative awards are offered by the Colleges of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences, Arts and Sciences, and Engineering. 

Dr. de Beurs is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability joining the faculty in 2010.  She has taught several courses about the analysis of remotely sensed data.  Most recently Dr. de Beurs led an upper-level course on digital image processing that served to merge her expertise in remote sensing and digital data management with her teaching giving students an entirely new perspective to learning. 

“Dr. de Beurs has demonstrated an admirable dedication to the use of various pedagogies in teaching and an unstinting attention to her students.  In a department well known for its excellence in teaching, Dr. de Beurs consistently receives student evaluations that are always in the top tier.” said Dr. Aondover Tarhule, Chair of the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability, who nominated de Beurs for the award. 

The AGS Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence is awarded each academic year in conjunction with the OU Teaching Scholars Initiative (TSI), a faculty-centered teaching colloquium.  Started in 2003, the TSI provides faculty the opportunity to share teaching experiences aimed at improving student learning at OU.

Cynthia Barnett Presents a seminar on the water-ethic idea and sneak peek at her new upcoming book, 'Rain: A love story'


Cynthia Barnett is a long-time journalist who has reported on freshwater issues from the Suwannee River to Singapore.

In Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s Water Crisis, she calls for a water ethic for America.

Congratulations American Meteorological Society (AMS) Award Winners!


Congratulations to our colleagues who have won prestigious national awards from the American Meteorological Society (AMS). These awards will be presented at the AMS annual meeting in January 2013!

The Kenneth C. Spengler Award will be presented to Dr. John Snow "For exceptional foresight and leadership in melding a diverse group of people in designing a new Commission of the AMS to meet ever expanding weather and climate enterprise needs." This award is presented to an individual, team, or organization whose efforts have contributed to the growth of the weather and climate enterprise while materially fostering a sense of community and creating synergistic linkages between the public, private, and government sectors as well as the user community.

The Editor's Award for the Journal of Hydrometeorology will be presented to Dr. Jonathan J. Gourley "For insightful, timely, and thorough reviews." Dr. JJ Gourley is an NOAA/NSSL scientist who is also an Adjunct Faculty member of the School.

Dean Berrien Moore, Chesapeake Energy Corporation Chair in Climate Studies, will be named a Fellow of the AMS. Another new Fellow will be Dr. Russell S. Schneider, Director of the NOAA's Storm Prediction Center here in the National Weather Center. New Fellows are elected each year and the number of Fellows in the AMS is restricted to be not more than two-tenths of 1 percent of all Members. These two new Fellows join 7 current and 5 emeritus School of Meteorology faculty members who are already Fellows of the AMS!

Three Meteorology MS degree graduates have also been elected to AMS Fellow status. Congratulations as well to our successful alumni and alumna.

Shuyi Chen, MS 1985; now a Professor at the University of Miami

Mike Eilts, BS 1981, MS 1983; Founder and CEO, Weather Decision Technologies

Pat Phoebus, MS 1981; Deputy Superintendent of the Naval Research Lab in Monterey

2012 A&GS Dean's Awards


Congratulations to the winners of the 2012 A&GS Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship and the 2012 A&GS Dean’s Award for Outstanding Service!

Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship recognizing an exceptional accomplishment in research or scholarship in the previous calendar year:

Dr. Karl Offen, Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability (DGES) and Dr. Xuguang Wang, Assistant Professor, School of Meteorology (SoM).  

Dean’s Award for Outstanding Service recognizing an exceptional accomplishment in service (well beyond that expected in normal duties) in the previous calendar year:

Ms. Celia Jones, Coordinator of Academic Student Services and Dr. Brian Fiedler, Professor both from the School of Meteorology (SoM).

Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship: This annual award recognizes an exceptional accomplishment in research or scholarship in the previous calendar year.

This year the award goes to two individuals:

Dr. Karl Offen, Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability (DGES).  Dr. Offen’s research expertise is in political ecology, specifically of Latin America.  Dr. Offen’s academic accomplishments during the past academic year included serving as co-editor as well as writing three chapters of Mapping Latin America:  A Cartographic Reader.  Dr. Offen also completed a second book, published three peer reviewed articles, wrote three book reviews, was editorial board member for two journals, served as a member of the Fulbright National Screening Committee, was chair or co-chair on seven graduate student advisory committees, and was elected Vice Chair of the Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers.  Dr. Offen is also an outstanding teacher as evidenced by his teaching evaluations which were among the highest (as they consistently are) in the DGES.

Dr. Xuguang Wang, Assistant Professor, School of Meteorology (SoM).  Dr. Wang’s research expertise is in data assimilation and probabilistic forecasts from global to storm scales weather forecasts and are extended to hydrological data assimilation and prediction.  Dr. Wang’s accomplishments during the past academic year included six publications appearing in refereed literature including one for which she was the lone author, serving as PI/co-PI on six grants with funding sources including the NASA New Investigator Program, NOAA THORPEX, and NSF/ASG, serving as an undergraduate advisor in the NWC REU program, serving as advisor or co-advisor to nine students, six of which were at the Ph.D. level, serving on nine other graduate student committees in areas outside the SoM, supervisor to four post-doctoral researchers, and mentor of the MS student winner of the Yoshi Sasaki Award for the Best Paper by an MS student in the SoM.  

Dean’s Award for Outstanding Service:  This annual award recognizes an exceptional accomplishment in service (well beyond that expected in normal duties) in the previous calendar year. For the purposes of this award, “service” is taken to be activities or duties performed by a member of the faculty or staff that advance the interests and/or increase the capabilities of the individual’s unit, the College, the University, or the State of Oklahoma, and may include outreach, extension, and economic development activities.

This year the award goes to two individuals:

Ms. Celia Jones, Coordinator of Academic Student Services and Dr. Brian Fiedler, Professor, School of Meteorology (SoM).  These two were the leaders in the design and implementation of new and creative graduate recruitment and acceptance procedures for the SoM.  Dr. Fielder and Ms. Jones were integral in the development and administration of an on-line rapid response graduate application which saw over 130 students apply to the program.  Dr. Fiedler served as the chair of the Graduate Admission Committee (GAC).  Additionally, both Ms. Jones and Dr. Fielder led other graduate recruitment activities including the Visiting Student Weekend, utilizing social media to track and recruit applicants, matching faculty needs for applicants with applicant interest, working with the Associate Director of SoM to determine the number of available teaching assistant slots, and helping with housing and obtaining visas for incoming graduate students.  Due to their efforts, the School has seen a marked increase in the academic quality and research potential of graduate students.   

Each of the four individuals named above will receive a $500 prize, an appropriate certificate with a citation, and permanent recognition on plaques located outside the A&GS Dean’s Office (NWC suite 3630), as well as recognition at various college functions.

Congratulations, Drs. Fedorovich and Palmer!


Two of our faculty members received honors at the OU Faculty Award Ceremony April 5th. Dr. Fedorovich received the Presidential Professorship and Dr. Palmer received the Vice President for Research Award for Outstanding Research Engagement. We are very proud of our stellar faculty.

A&GS Monday Memo


Articles: Student Awards Reception, David J. Shellberg Memorial Scholarship, Arc User Group Scholarship Recepients, and the OU/SPC Career Experience Program. (read full memo)

Student Awards Reception: You are all invited to attend the annual College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences Student Awards Reception, which takes place next Thursday, April 19, from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM in the NWC Atrium. Students receiving scholarships and awards will be contacted by their academic unit. Everyone is encouraged to attend and cheer on your fellow students while enjoying refreshments. It’s a great time to gather as a group before finals – hope to see you there! (read more)

Nationally Noted Environmental Scientist Named Director of State Water Survey


OKLAHOMA CITY – Robert W. Puls, a nationally noted environmental scientist with ties to Oklahoma, has been appointed as the first director of the newly established Oklahoma Water Survey.

"Dr. Puls is the best possible choice to launch the vitally important new Oklahoma Water Survey," said OU President David L. Boren.  "He is a top national expert who also has experience in our state."
           
"We are delighted that Dr. Robert Puls has accepted this important position," said Paul Risser, chair of OU’s Research Cabinet. "He brings more than two decades of experience as a nationally recognized hydrologist with broad experience in the south central region." (read more)

University of Oklahoma Selected to Host One of Eight Regional Climate Science Centers Nationwide


Norman, Okla.—The University of Oklahoma has been selected by the U.S. Department of the Interior as the site of one of only eight regional climate science centers nationwide, OU President David L. Boren announced today.  The Center will link weather and climate projections with on-the-ground decisions about how best to manage federal lands, natural resources and fish and wildlife.  Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar initiated a department-wide climate change strategy in 2009 and today announced the South-Central Regional CSC at Oklahoma along with two others.  The Center increases to six the number of federally-funded centers on the Norman campus. (read more)

 

OU wins $75M for weather research


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has selected OU for a research agreement worth up to $75 million, President David Boren announced at a news conference Monday.

The federal funds will go to the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies through 2016 to advance weather radar research, improve severe storm forecasts and increase understanding of extreme weather and short-term regional climate, according to a press release. (read more)