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Steiner named Co-I on storm pattern study in Great Plains

Posted: July 24, 2012

Steiner named Co-I on storm pattern study in Great Plains

Professor Allison Steiner is a co-investigator on a new project studying storm patterns around Great Plains urban areas.
Steiner says, “This study will investigate how the urbanization process can influence the weather of a region, and the findings will be integrated with the planning and design of urban infrastructure.”
The project was awarded a $1.58 million grant from the NASA Interdisciplinary Science program (IDS).
Steiner adds, “I will be working to determine how the urban air pollution state in cities can affect storm initiation, demise, track and intensity.”
The research will use a coupled chemistry-meteorology model and satellite-derived atmospheric composition data.  
The information Steiner finds could have wide implications, such as determining the size of tornadoes likely to strike a city, or the likelihood of downpours and hail.

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