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Opportunity at National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Initiation of Deep Moist Convection

Location

National Severe Storms Laboratory

RO# Location
26.76.00.B4674 Norman, OK 73072

Advisers

Name E-mail Phone
Ziegler, Conrad L. conrad.ziegler@noaa.gov 405.325.6221

Description

This project investigates various aspects of the initiation of deep moist convection. Our primary goal is to improve understanding of the processes that govern convection initiation. A secondary goal is to determine the finescale structure of mesoscale boundaries and their role in promoting convection initiation. Possible emphases include either cloud-mesoscale modeling studies or field experiments. A three-dimensional cloud-mesoscale model is used with either real-data or parametric initialization approaches to identify important mesoscale processes and sensitivities influencing boundary evolution and convection initiation. Field experiments employ arrays of mobile remote and in-situ observing platforms to obtain data sets that are useful for testing various convection initiation hypotheses. Observational data may be obtained from a range of ground-based mobile and airborne platforms including microwave and millimeter-wavelength Doppler radars, DIAL lidars, mesonets, and various sounding and profiling systems. Data assimilation research investigates optimal strategies for blending the various remote in-situ observations to obtain complete and internally consistent four-dimensional analyses of wind, pressure, virtual temperature, and absolute humidity variations within the boundary layer.

 

Keywords:
Convection initiation; Deep moist convection; Mesoscale boundary; Radar observations; Profiler observations; In-situ observations; Cloud model; Mesoscale model; Model initialization; Data assimilation;

Eligibility

Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents and non-U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants

Stipend

Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$60,000.00 $3,000.00

$24,000 Supplement for Doctorates in Electrical Engineering

Experience Supplement:
Postdoctoral and Senior Associates will receive an appropriately higher stipend based on the number of years of experience past their PhD.

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