Texas Tech Atmospheric Science Group
Welcome to the home page of the Atmospheric Science Group at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. We are part of the Geosciences Department which is in the College of Arts and Sciences. We are physically located on the 12th floor of the College of Business Administration building. Our group maintains a strong commitment to both teaching and research in Atmospheric Science.
We offer a program of study leading to the Master of Science degree in Atmospheric Science and the Ph.D. degree in Geosciences. In addition, courses in Atmospheric Science are offered at the undergraduate level to meet the general education requirements at Texas Tech University. A minor in Atmospheric Science is offered for both B.S. and B.A. students
Severe Weather Awareness Day
The 8th annual Severe Weather Awareness Day will be held on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at the Science Spectrum on the south Loop in Lubbock, Texas. This is a free event and will feature hands-on weather experiments and demonstrations, safety tips, raffle prizes and some of the latest weather equipment including one of Tech's own mobile radar trucks. This event is presented by the Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society at Tech along with KCBD-TV, the National Weather Service and the American Red Cross, among others.
ATMO Welcomes New Faculty - Fall 2013
Dr. Jenni Vanos comes to us from Health Canada and the University of Miami's Synoptic Climatology Laboratory, where she has worked since she received her Ph.D. in 2011 from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. Her interests are in human biometeorology and applied synoptic climatology, with a focus on human health during extreme heat events, and the interactive effects of air pollution. She will also participate in activities in the Texas Tech Climate Science Center.
Dr. Johannes Dahl comes to us from North Carolina State University, where he has been a postdoctoral researcher since 2010. He received his Ph.D. from Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, Germany. Dr. Dahl's research interests are in the dynamics of convective storms, in particular the development of near-surface rotation in supercells.
In addition, two National Weather Service meteorologists will serve as instructors this fall. They are Mr. Justin Weaver, Meteorologist-in-Charge and Mr. Steve Cobb, Science and Operations Officer of the Weather Forecast Office in Lubbock.
National Science Foundation Award
Drs. Brian Hirth and John Schroeder have been awarded funding by the NSF CBET program for their proposal titled, "Building the Foundation for Smart Wind Farms through First-Order Controls Opportunities based on Real-Time Observations of Complex Flows". Over the next three years, this project will utilize the TTUKa radars to provide innovative data collection technologies, strategies, and analysis techniques to document the complex flow fields across several operational wind farms. Through industrial partnerships, this information will be integrated with operational turbine data and first-order controls to construct and test transformative methods for developing the first generation of "smart" wind farms.
Dr. Weiss Receives Grant
Dr. Chris Weiss, Associate Professor of Atmospheric Science, received an award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research for a project entitled "Energy-Aware Aerial Systems for Persistent Sampling and Surveillance". A collaborative effort with the University of Colorado and the University of Nebraska, this work will integrate mobile Doppler radar and unmanned aerial system technologies to create an energy-aware, airborne, data-driven system for persistent sensing in complex atmospheric comditions. Applications of this integration will include sampling of environments preceding deep convection initiation and within severe thunderstorms.
Dr. Schroeder Receives Award
Dr. John Schroeder, Associate Professor of Atmospheric Science and Director, Wind Science and Engineering (WiSE) Research Center at Texas Tech is the recipient of the 2012 IAWE (International Association of Wind Engineering) Junior Award. Dr. Schroeder received the award for his great contibutions to the wind engineering community.
- Department of Geosciences, Texas Tech University, Box 41053, Lubbock, TX 79409-1053 USA
- Tel: (806)-834-3113
- Fax: (806)-742-1738
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