Brian Tang

Focuses on formation of tropical cyclones and intensification

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Brian Tang

Associate Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences

Tropical Cyclones; Hurricanes; Severe Weather

Campus phone: 442-4572
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Brian Tang's research is focused on tropical cyclones (hurricanes). He studies how they form and what causes them to intensify and weaken. In particular, he is interested in how cloud clusters organize into tropical cyclones, how vertical wind shear weakens tropical cyclones by injecting dry air into the storm, how tropical cyclones rapidly intensify, and how midlatitude weather systems interact with tropical cyclones..

Tang also researches severe weather. He studies how terrain influences severe thunderstorms over the northeastern U.S. The research has helped weather forecasters recognize situations where the risk of severe weather is higher. Tang has also studied trends in large hail over the U.S., which has been increasing over parts of the U.S. due to environmental factors.

He is currently leading a $2.145 million research project through the Office of Naval Research (ONR) to help forecasters better understand and predict the rapid intensification of hurricanes. He's also the author of a popular website that contains real-time track and intensity forecasts of tropical cyclones.