Charles & Marie Fish Lecture


Inside the Eye: Improving Hurricane Forecasts

Dr. Christopher Landsea
Science and Operations Officer, National Hurricane Center

May 3
12:00 pm
Corless Auditorium
URI Narragansett Bay Campus

The lecture will be livestreamed and archived here.

The National Hurricane Center issues analyses, forecasts, and warnings over large parts of the North Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and in support of many nearby countries. Advances in observational capabilities, operational numerical weather prediction, and forecaster tools and support systems over the past 15–20 years enables the center to make more accurate forecasts, extend forecast lead times, and provide new products and services. Important limitations, however, persist. Dr. Landsea’s lecture will address the current workings and state of the nation’s hurricane warning program, and highlight recent improvements and the enabling science and technology. It concludes with a look ahead at opportunities to address challenges.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Call the URI Office of Marine Programs for information or directions, 401-874-6211.


About Dr. Chris Landsea
Dr. Landsea is the Science and Operations Officer at NOAA's National Hurricane Center in Miami. In addition to forecasting and training duties, he is responsible for administration and evaluation of Joint Hurricane Testbed projects which may be implemented operationally to assist in the monitoring and forecasting of hurricanes.

Dr. Landsea received his Bachelor's Degree in Atmospheric Science from the University of California Los Angeles (1987) and his Master's Degree and Doctorate in Atmospheric Science from Colorado State University (1991, 1994). His graduate work was undertaken with Dr. Bill Gray, one of the world's leading experts on hurricanes and tropical meteorology. Dr. Landsea has published more than 60 peer-reviewed articles in the journals Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, Climatic Change, EOS, Geophysical Research Letters, Journal of Climate, Monthly Weather Review, Nature, Science, Weather and Forecasting, and many others. In 2011 he was co-recipient of a Department of Commerce Gold Medal "for excellence in research and data stewardship leading to a more confident assessment of the influence of human-induced climate change on hurricanes."


Charlie-and-Bobbie-Fish-LogoThe Charles and Marie Fish Lecture is supported by income from the Charlie and Bobbie Fish Endowment for Oceanography. The endowment was established in 1989 by the Fish family in memory of Drs. Charles and Marie Fish. Through their joint efforts, the Fishes established a marine biological program at the University of Rhode Island in 1935, and eventually a graduate program in oceanography at the Narragansett Marine Laboratory which later became URI’s Graduate School of Oceanography.