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Students, faculty, staff attend meeting of American Meteorological Society

Fifteen students, faculty and staff from WKU’s Department of Geography and Geology, Kentucky Climate Center and Kentucky Mesonet attended the 90th annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society.

The 2010 Annual Meeting, held Jan. 17-21 in Atlanta, was organized around the broad theme of Weather, Climate, and Society: New Demands on Science and Services.

Recent international, national, and regional assessments, as well as recent observed trends, make it clear that the weather and climate of the 21st century are unlikely to be comparable to what human and natural systems have adapted to during the 20th century. Currently, global societies are struggling to address adaptation and mitigation issues related to changes in ecosystem services and socioeconomic services compounded by ongoing and projected changes in climate and weather extremes.

The department’s meteorology and geoscience students presented research on a variety of issues.

Jane Marie Wix, an undergraduate meteorology major from Brandenburg, presented Flash Flood Climatology of the Appalachian Mountains: Focus on Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia Summer Rainfall Events with co-authors Nicholas Rodgers, a geoscience graduate student from Bowling Green, and Dr. Rezaul Mahmood.

T.J. Malone, an undergraduate meteorology major from East Prairie, Mo., presented Impacts of Temporal and Spatial Resolutions of Model Initialization Data with co-authors Ronnie Leeper (USDA research staff), Arturo Quintanar (post-doctoral researcher) and Dr Rezaul Mahmood.

Astrid Suárez Gonzalez, an undergraduate meteorology major from Bowling Green, presented Sensitivity of planetary boundary layer to varying volumetric soil moisture with co-authors Arturo Quintanar, Dr. Mahmood, A. Beltran-Przekurat and Dr. R. Pielke.

Nicholas Rodgers, a geoscience graduate student from Bowling Green, presented A sensitivity study of energy fluxes and evaporation from a waste lagoon to different stability model formulations with co-authors Arturo Quintanar, Dr. Mahmood, Dr. J. Loughrin and Dr. N. Lovanh.

J. Kyle Thompson, graduate geoscience student from Henderson, presented Site Identification and Selection for the Kentucky Mesonet with co-authors Dr. Stuart Foster and Dr. Mahmood,

Ronnie Leeper, postgraduate researcher, presented The influence of karst hydrology on local planetary boundary layer with co-authors Arturo Quintanar and Dr. Mahmood.

Stephen Struebig, Kentucky Mesonet technical specialist, presented Equipment and Instrumentation used at a Kentucky Mesonet Environmental Monitoring Station.

D. Michael Grogan, Kentucky Mesonet technical manager, presented The Kentucky Mesonet: perspectives on data access, distribution, and use for a mesoscale surface network with co-authors Dr. Foster and Dr. Mahmood.

Megan M. Ferris, Kentucky Mesonet specialist, presented Quality Assurance Methods for the Kentucky Mesonet with co-authors Struebig, Grogan, Dr. Foster and Dr. Mahmood.

Arturo Quintanar, post-doctoral researcher, presented Ensemble forecast spread induced by soil moisture changes with co-author Dr. Mahmood.

D. Glen Conner, Kentucky State Climatologist Emeritus, presented Daily mean temperature formulas with co-author Dr. Foster.

Dr. Xingang Fan presented Climate downscaling for regional ecosystem modeling with co-authors Z. Fan and V.G. Anantharaj.

Contact: Rezaul Mahmood, (270) 745-5979.

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