Past and Present Student Research Projects

Projects Supervised by Dr. Douglas Miller

Project Title Student
Forecasting accuracy of a winter storm entering the southern Appalachian Mountains of western North Carolina Chris McCall ('09)
Measuring, modeling, and understanding orographic precipitation regimes and hydrology in mid-latitude mountain regions Robbie Munroe ('07)
Measuring, modeling, and understanding orographic precipitation regimes and hydrology in mid-latitude mountain regions John Allard ('08)
Measuring, modeling, and understanding orographic precipitation regimes and hydrology in mid-latitude mountain regions Chris LaValley ('08)
The flooding of Hurricane Ivan: How far ahead can we predict? Michael Erb ('07)
The influence of the Great Lakes on northwest snowfall in the Southern Appalachians Robbie Munroe ('07)
Sounding-based experiment on mixed precipitation events (SEMPE) Brooke Stewart ('07)
Sounding-based experiment on mixed precipitation events (SEMPE) Susan Osborne ('07)
Sounding-based experiment on mixed precipitation events (SEMPE) Erin Ball ('08)
Sounding-based experiment on mixed precipitation events (SEMPE) Greg Cutrell ('08)
Sounding-based experiment on mixed precipitation events (SEMPE) Chris McCall ('09)
The integration of WRF model forecasts for mesoscale convective systems interacting with the mountains of North Carolina Jacob Carley ('08)
Orographically driven snowfall and the northwest flow in the Southern Appalachians Justin Couch ('07)
Tornadoes spawned from hurricanes Sarah Davis ('07)
Investigating false-positive tornado warnings in southeast severe storm systems Chad Hutchins ('08)
The integration of WRF model forecasts fro mesoscale convective systems interacting with the mountains of North Carolina Jacob Carley ('08)
Orographically driven snowfall and the northwest flow in the Southern Appalachians Justin Couch ('07)
Investigation of four Northwest Flow snowfall events using WRF model simulations Chris Hovanic ('05)
Sensitivity of WRF Northwest Flow snowfall simulations to the explicit moisture schemes Eric Fanny ('05)
Testing the new Kain-Fritsch convective parameterization scheme trigger mechanism in the WRF for Hurricane Charley Neil Garrett ('04)
Climatology of severe weather observations for North Carolina Grant Gilmore ('06)
Sensitivity of WRF Charley simulations to implicit and explicit moisture schemes and horizontal grid spacings Matt Rosier ('06)

Projects Supervised by Dr. Christopher Hennon

Project Title Student
A global climatology of tropical cyclone eye sizes Ethan Wright ('17)
Modeling tropical cyclone damage risk using parametric wind profiles William Clark ('17)
Improving Atlantic hurricane intensity forecasts using neural networks Roger Turnau ('15)
Ocean Wind Vector Retrievals Zachary Hargrove ('12)
Ocean Wind Vector Retrievals; Radar Refraction Analysis David Coates ('11)
Tropical Cloud Cluster Analysis and Processing Mark Scales ('11)
Ocean Wind Vector Retrievals Benjamin Shamel ('11)
Ocean Wind Vector Retrievals; Tropical Cyclogenesis Philippe Papin ('11)
Tropical Cloud Cluster Analysis Amanda Bowen ('10)
Cloud Cluster Identification and Algorithm Development Chip Helms ('10)
Improving Oceanic Wind Vector Retrievals in High Wind Regimes; Theoretical tropical cyclone wind profiles with application to GIS Leejah Ross ('09)
Impacts of Power Plant Emission Reduction on Asheville Air Quality and Climate Megan Stone ('08)
Improved Oceanic Wind Vector Retrievals in Hurricanes John Allard ('07)
Improved Oceanic Wind Vector Retrievals in Hurricanes Amy Harless ('08)
Eastern Caribbean tropical cyclogenesis during the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season Amy Harless ('08)
Case study of rapid intensification: Hurricane Katrina Michael Erb ('07)
Investigating the rapid intensification of 2005 Atlantic tropical cyclones Brandon Cromer ('07)

Projects Supervised by Dr. Christopher Godfrey

Project Title Student
Addressing Interconnections between the Built and Natural Environments through Post-Event Damage Surveys (VORTEX-Southeast) Alex Flynt ('19)
Addressing Interconnections between the Built and Natural Environments through Post-Event Damage Surveys (VORTEX-Southeast) Samuel O'Donnell ('18)
Addressing Interconnections between the Built and Natural Environments through Post-Event Damage Surveys (VORTEX-Southeast) Ethan Wright ('17)
Addressing Interconnections between the Built and Natural Environments through Post-Event Damage Surveys (VORTEX-Southeast) Samantha Carr ('16)
Increasing the Utilization of Weather Data for Safety Applications and Traveler Information (NCDOT) Jacob Radford ('16)
Improved Climatic Data for Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design (NCDOT) Matthew Watson ('14)
Reconstruction of near-surface tornado wind fields from forest damage patterns in complex terrain Kyle Gayan ('15)
Reconstruction of near-surface tornado wind fields from forest damage patterns in complex terrain Duncan Belew ('14)
Reconstruction of near-surface tornado wind fields from forest damage patterns in complex terrain Michael Goldsbury ('12)
Reconstruction of near-surface tornado wind fields from forest damage patterns in complex terrain Dawn Wedig ('12)
An evaluation of convective warning utilization by the general public Michael Goldsbury ('12)
An evaluation of convective warning utilization by the general public Adam Caudill ('12)
An evaluation of convective warning utilization by the general public Dawn Wedig ('12)
Evaluation of a new latent heat flux parameterization for the Noah land surface model Thomas Cook ('10)
Evaluation of a new latent heat flux parameterization for the Noah land surface model Rick Grow ('08)

Projects Supervised by Dr. Alex Huang

Project Title Student
Impacts of Recent Costliest Atlantic Hurricanes Allen Hawkins ('14)
Climate Change and China, 1960-2010 Linnea (Sunny) Conway ('13)
Dewpoint Temperature Variations at Asheville, North Carolina in April 2008 Gustavo Riggio ('11)
Progress of Mesoscale Numerical Modeling Efforts at UNC Asheville Matt Rosier ('05)
North Carolina Thunderstorm Events from 1996 through 2003 Grant Gilmore ('06)
Seasonal distributions of large rainfall events across the Southeastern US D. Clayton Lawson ('92)
A three dimensional meteorological analysis of a major snowstorm in Western North Carolina, April 2 4, 1987 Michael Lammers ('87)
Mountain impacts on the local weather: The study of fronts over mountains Dewey M. Walston ('87)
Climatic statistics at UNCA and its comparison with Asheville Airport data William J. Capehart ('87)
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