CEES/ARRC Professor Dr. Yang Hong has been awarded a NSF Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) Award for “Taming Water in Ethiopia - An Interdisciplinary Approach to Improve Human Security in a Water-Dependent Emerging Region.” A collaborative project with the University of Connecticut, University of Wisconsin, and International Flood Policy Research Institute, Prof. Hong, Jonathan Gourley (NOAA/NSSL) and Zewdu Segele (OU/CIMMS) played a very important role in this $4,274,944 award, which started in April 2016. The PIRE team included partners from six countries."This PIRE award is the culmination of the work of Prof. Hong’s group over the past several years. In a very short time, he has managed to put together one of the most impressive research teams I have ever seen,” said Dr. Robert Palmer, ARRC Executive Director. PIRE is a NSF-wide program whose primary goal is to support high quality projects in which advances in research and education could not occur without international collaboration.
ARRC staff member Jo Ann Mehl received one of the 2016 Staff Merit Awards. These awards are given to OU staff members for outstanding job performance. Congratulations!
The 2016 Vice President for Research Award for Scholarly Dissemination has been awarded to ARRC/CEES professor Dr. Yang Hong. The award is given annually to a faculty member on the Norman or Tulsa Campus in recognition of exceptional success in disseminating research, scholarship, and/or works of creative activity and expression. Congratulations!
Feng Nai, ARRC/ECE PhD student, is the recipient of the Tommy C. Craighead Award for Best Paper in Radar Meteorology. In addition to a monetary award, Feng will be recognized at the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences Award Ceremony on April 25. Congratulations Feng!
Dr. Pierre Kirstetter (ARRC/NOAA/NSSL) was invited to be an Associate Editor for the Journal of Hydrometeorology (JHM), a publication of the American Meteorological Society. JHM focuses on the modeling, observing, and forecasting of processes related to water and energy fluxes and storage terms, including interactions with the boundary layer and lower atmosphere, and including processes related to precipitation, radiation, and other meteorological inputs.
Congratulations go out to Manabendra Saharia, CEES/ARRC PhD student, for receiving second place in the oral presentation category of the 2016 Student Research and Creativity Day held recently at OU. Saharia's work on the flashiest watersheds of the United States is supervised by Drs. Pierre Kirstetter (CEES/ARRC), J.J. Gourley (NOAA/NSSL), and Yang Hong (CEES/ARRC)
Congratulations to Andrew Mahre (ARRC/ECE) for receiving first place in the Science A division of the 2016 Student Research and Creativity Day. The event was sponsored by OU’s Graduate College and had over 65 graduate entries showcasing a broad range of graduate student research.
ARRC/ECE graduate student Andrew Byrd recently learned that his manuscript, “A Weather Radar Simulator for the Evaluation of Polarimetric Phased Array Performance", has been accepted for publication in an upcoming issue of the IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing (TGRS). Andrew is advised by Robert Palmer, Igor Ivic, and Brad Isom. Congratulations Andrew!
ARRC Professor, Dr. Phillip Chilson, along with colleagues from three other universities, received a $6 million grant from the National Science Foundation, talked about developing unmanned aerial vehicles for high quality measurements of the lower atmosphere. Visit the PBS News website for the full story.
A team of OU researchers, led by Ke Zhang (CIMMS), Yang Hong (CEES and ARRC), and Jonathan Gourley (NSSL/CIMMS), recently discovered that global vegetation greening, combined with climate change, promote multi-decadal rises of global land evapotranspiration, accelerating global water cycles and potential regional drought risks. The findings were published on Nature Publishing Group Scientific Report magazine's website.
The research team first generated a long-term global satellite record of land evapotranspiration using remote sensing satellite data since 1982. They investigated multi-decadal changes looking at trends between 1982 and 2013. In addition to global evapotranspiration trends, they examined vegetation greenness and general climate data including temperature, precipitation and cloudiness. Collectively, results show that during the past 32 years general increasing trends in both plant growth and evaporation with recent climate change mainly driven by vegetation greening and rising atmosphere moisture deficits. The study predicts that a continuation of these trends will likely exacerbate regional drought-induced disturbances, especially during regional dry climate phases associated with strong El Nino events.