With the deadline for #ECMSS2016 abstract submission quickly approaching (March 25th), we will be highlighting some of last years award winning presenters!
Check out our spotlight on Andra Reed – who won 1st place for her oral presentation at ECMSS in 2015!
I am currently a Ph.D. candidate at Penn State University, working with Dr. Michael E. Mann as I finish up my degree in meteorology. I am a mathematician, turned atmospheric chemist, turned climate scientist. A brief portion of my graduate research has been in the field of atmospheric chemistry, focusing on a comparison of ground and satellite-based retrievals of ozone and nitrogen dioxide. However, my true research interests lie in the realm of climate science, where my current graduate research has been focused on the impacts of climate change on tropical cyclones and their resultant storm surges, as well as on the rising sea levels upon which those storm surges occur.
Last year, I presented a study at ECMSS about the ways in which sea level rise and changing storm surge characteristics over the past millennium have contributed to increased risk of coastal flooding in New York City. I completed that portion of my work last fall, and am now looking into how we can expect flood heights in NYC to change in coming centuries, through the year 2100, and beyond, to the year 2300. I’m considering the ways in which future storm surges may change due to changing storm characteristics and tracks, and also various potential sea level rise scenarios, which will impact the final flood heights (storm surge plus sea level rise) that will impact NYC in coming centuries.
Below is a link to the paper that I had published this fall about the research I presented last year:
That paper has been cited by a number of news outlets, including Time, The Washington Post, and USA Today. It was also cited by Secretary Kerry in a speech he gave at the Major Economies Forum Ministerial in New York last fall. Links to such news articles, etc., can be found on my website: https://sites.google.com/site/andrajreed/home