Short term forecasting and long term climate predictions of rainfall on the west coast of the US are huge challenges with important societal consequences, both in terms of flood hazards and water resources. Whether the precipitation falls as rain or snow, or whether it falls on the windward or leeward sides of the mountainous topography, for example, strongly affects what these consequences are. We are attacking these challenges with dedicated aircraft field campaigns for individual storms to improve modeling of severe weather. We are searching for highly motivated students wishing to pursue research to solve these problems.
Criteria for selection:
Good quantitative background in physics and mathematics as evidenced by GRE scores and advanced courses in transcripts.
Experience or motivation to learn to apply these skills to numerical modeling and signal processing.
Good background in analysis of environmental systems.
Experience or motivation to learn to apply these skills to new problems.
Maturity in approaches to solving research problems, and high level of organization.
Although the normal application process has closed for Fall 2019, the additional NASA funding available has prompted this new opportunity for students.
Complete applications should be prepared as follows in a single pdf attachment named lastname_firstname_cs_gradapp.pdf and mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org :
Statement of research interests, transcripts, GRE scores, and CV which includes contact information for three reference letters.
Learn new atmospheric satellite remote sensing techniques as you explore systematic problems in forecasting rainfall, droughts, and flooding on the west coast of the US in a NASA-sponsored research project at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.