Training the Next Generation of Forecasters

An ongoing research collaboration between the National Weather Service (NWS) and UAlbany’s Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences (DAES) is providing valuable insights into extreme weather as it trains the next generation of forecasters.

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Kristen Corbosiero is focusing on the occurrences and prediction of high-impact weather events in the Northeastern U.S.

The project, led by DAES Assistant Professor Kristen Corbosiero, focuses on the occurrence and prediction of high-impact weather events in the Northeastern U.S. Such events, which include damaging winds and hail,
widespread and localized flooding, and heavy snow and ice accumulations, have the potential to cause substantial societal and economic disruption. The research has shed light on such subjects as hurricane-related heavy rainfall, the distribution of small-scale heavy snow bands, and the processes that govern the occurrence and location of severe weather. Research findings are transferred directly into daily NWS forecasts and operations.

UAlbany graduate students who participate in the investigations gain valuable experience, particularly for jobs as
forecasters and scientists in weather-related fields. Since the collaboration began in 2001, 24 students have benefitted from the program’s opportunities.

The collaboration, one of eight NWS Collaborative Science, Technology and Research (CSTAR) projects at U.S. universities, was recently extended through September 2016, thanks to a new three-year award from the U.S. Department of Commerce.