Kelly Ryan-Poterjoy Presentation

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 3:00pm
PAS 220

Women in Physics will be hosting a career seminar with Kelly Ryan-Poterjoy who works as a researcher with the NOAA's Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory. She's going to talk about how she uses her B.S. in Physics and her M.S. in Atmospheric Sciences, both from the University of Arizona, to study hurricanes with aircraft instruments.

Abstract: During NOAA/AOML’s annual Hurricane Field Program, NOAA aircraft collect crucial observations to improve the understanding and prediction of hurricanes. Scientists at the Hurricane Research Division develop experiments that both fulfill needs requested by the operational weather prediction community and aim to investigate hypotheses prevalent in hurricane research. Each mission utilizes a variety of instruments that collect atmospheric and oceanic data in regions that are largely unobserved. Many of these measurements are assimilated in real-time numerical weather prediction models and are essential to providing up-to-date information on hurricanes threatening to make landfall. This presentation will include a description of the process and importance of these missions and a brief introduction to atmospheric science in the context of classical physics. Examples of research studies currently conducted to improve the prediction of hurricanes will be provided.

Bio: Kelly is a Senior Research Associate at the Hurricane Research Division in NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory in Miami, Florida. Her responsibilities range from operational and fundamental research projects to field work and public outreach. She actively participates in the annual Hurricane Field Program including the development and implementation of observing experiments, the preparation for prospective deployments into targeted tropical cyclones, and the operation of aircraft instruments in the field. She specializes in UAS Coyote and airborne Doppler Wind Lidar measurements, and processes dropsonde and radar observations in real-time. Her primary research interests include optimizing aircraft reconnaissance methods for tropical cyclones, hurricane boundary layer and cloud physics model verification, satellite and radar remote sensing techniques, and the evolution of tropical cyclone structure as it relates to size and intensity changes. Kelly received both her Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and her Master of Science degree in Atmospheric Science from the University of Arizona where she focused on atmospheric dynamics and tropical cyclones.