Meteorology Department, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, University of Hawaii
Data Center Description
The University of Hawaii Department of Meteorology focuses its research on ropical meteorology and, in particular, on the meteorology of the Pacific and Indian Oceans and of Asia. We are studying:
1. On the large (macro), the role of the Asian summer monsoon in worldwide weather and the massive El NiÒo cycles of the Pacific Ocean.
2. On the medium (synoptic) scale, typhoons and the way they interact with their environment, interactions between mid-latitude weather systems and the tropics.
3. On the smaller medium (meso) scale, local pollution, local winds, severe storms and properties of cloud ensembles.
4. On the small (micro) scale, physics and chemistry of individual clouds and associated rainfall fluctuations.
The studies overlap as well as the techniques we use -- synoptic and weather satellite analysis, numerical models, detailed field measurements, statistics.
Research is funded by various federal agencies. Most of the projects support undergraduates as well as incorporating positions for graduate research assistants.
We are careful to undertake only academically-suitable research projects--those which include good thesis topics and financial support for undergraduates and graduates. Projects which might require faculty to be off campus for a month or more during the academic year are avoided.