Climate Dynamics Student Awarded NCEP Internship

Climate Dynamics doctoral student Keri Kodama was awarded a summer internship to work at National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP), the branch of US NOAA that uses computer models to predict weather, climate, and other features of the environment. Her work at NCEP will build on her dissertation research with AOES faculty member Dr. Natalie Burls. Kodama’s research involves linking atmosphere/ocean energy transfer to El Nino. She has been seeking to evaluate the rate at which energy is pumped into the equatorial Pacific Ocean by wind as a precursor to El Nino, the tropical atmosphere-ocean phenomenon that affects weather all over the globe. Kodama’s NCEP project will involve analyzing the intraseasonal variability of tropical Pacific air-sea fluxes and subsurface temperature and salinity in the MOM6 3DVar ocean reanalysis product.

[Figure above, from George Mason’s Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies (COLA), summarizes predictions from a suite of climate models maintained at various organizations.]