For most of my career. I've been interested in the dynamics of hurricane motion, structural evolution and intensity change. The main tools that I use are simple theoretical models and analysis of observations---generally radar and in-situ data from instrumented aircraft. I've made more than 400 research and reconnaissance flights into the eyes hurricanes and typhoons.
During the last few years I've also become interested in tropical cyclones' human and economic impacts. I'm in the late stages of an analysis of statistical distributions and trends in hurricane caused damage and mortality. I'm also interested in temporal and geographical changes in the climatology of hurricane landfalls.
I am working with colleagues in FIU's School of Computing and Information Sciences and at IBM to develop a framework for massively parallel ensemble simulations of hurricanes using the advanced Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model.
- Hurricane Dynamics; Hurricane Impacts; Grid Enabled Hurricane Modeling
Scholarly & Creative Works
Works By Students
chaired theses and dissertations
- Hernandez, Javiera I, Does the Pareto Distribution of Hurricane Damage Inherit its Fat Tail from a Zipf Distribution of Assets at Hazard? 2014
- Delgado, Sandy, Reanalysis of the 1954-1963 Atlantic Hurricane Seasons 2014
- Gonzalez, Israel, Linear and Nonlinear Motion of a Barotropic Vortex 2014
- Cotto, Amaryllis, Intermittently Forced Vortex Rossby Waves 2012
principal investigator on
- Mechanisms for Hurricane Motion and Intensity Change awarded by National Science Foundation 2017 - 2022
- Synthesis of Vortex Rossby Wave Dynamics awarded by National Science Foundation 2012 - 2016
- Re-analysis of the Atlantic Basin Tropical Cyclone Database in the Modern Era awarded by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Admin 2012 - 2014
- Tropical Cyclone Response to Time-Dependent Heating and Theory of Tropical Cyclone Motion awarded by National Science Foundation 2007 - 2011
co-principal investigator on
- The Florida Hurricane Alliance Research Program - Round 1. awarded by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Admin 2004 - 2010
- Hugh Willoughby