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Student Colin Zarzycki wins best oral presentation award at AMS

Posted: January 30, 2013

Student Colin Zarzycki wins best oral presentation award at AMS

Congratulations to doctoral student Colin Zarzycki for winning the Best Oral Presentation Award at this year’s American Meteorological Society Weather Analysis and Forecasting Symposium. His presentation was titled: “Assessing the Ability of Variable-Resolution Global Models to Forecast Tropical Cyclones.”

Zarzycki says researching tropical cyclones is important because of the impact storms have on society. “These last few years have shown that there are still significant opportunities to help save lives and property by better understanding these devastating storms from both short-term forecasting and long-term climate change perspectives.”

Zarzycki says his next step in the research is to conduct a rigorous quantitative analysis to analyze the effect of using variable-resolution global models, in particular CAM-SE, on short-term hurricane forecasting. “This is high on our priority list and will hopefully prove the fidelity of these models as highly useful tools as the community moves towards the next generation of atmospheric models.”

As for the award, Zarzycki says, “There were numerous exciting presentations from students who have different ideas which will all help move weather analysis and forecasting forward, so I'm honored to be singled out.”

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