Roland Stull, University of British Columbia

Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences Professor Vancouver, British Columbia rstull@eos.ubc.ca Office: (604) 822-5901

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Bio/Research

As director of the Geophysical Disaster Computational Fluid Dynamics Centre, I focus on making high-resolution, real-time, operational numerical weather forecasts for western Canada. My 10-member team operates a 288-processor IBM Linux cluster computer, optimized for studying weather-related disa...

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Bio/Research

As director of the Geophysical Disaster Computational Fluid Dynamics Centre, I focus on making high-resolution, real-time, operational numerical weather forecasts for western Canada. My 10-member team operates a 288-processor IBM Linux cluster computer, optimized for studying weather-related disasters in mountainous, coastal terrain. Our pure research includes predictability (ensemble prediction, data assimilation, Kalman filtering, boundary-layer parameterizations, etc.), natural disasters (forest firestorms, flooding precipitation, cyclones, snow avalanches, windstorms, air quality, tree blowdown etc.), and weather-related energy sources (wind power and hydroelectric power). We also do applied research for various clients (Environment Canada, Parks Canada, Dept. of National Defense, many BC Ministries, BC Hydro, Regional Districts, railroads, higheays, and other agencies and industries).

My team runs 3 mesoscale numerical models daily (MC2, MM5, WRF) with horizontal grid spacing down to 0.44 km. We also run the Emergency Weather Net, which collects, archives, plots, and uses surface weather-station data from over 800 locations in and near BC every hour. To test and improve the numerical forecasts, we deploy weather instruments and conduct field research.

Many of our daily, real-time, numerical weather forecast products are available at http://weather.eos.ubc.ca/wxfcst/ .


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