Dr. Kosuke Ito (National Taiwan U) visited NCEP and UMD

On Monday, February 27, Dr. Kosuke Ito from the National Taiwan University visited UMD and presented his work on Tropical Cyclones at our regular Weather-Chaos meeting. He also visited NCEP and gave the EMC seminar on February 28.

His research focused on including surface exchange coefficients Cd/Ck in the control variables of 4-dimensional variational data assimilation. In this way, he could estimate these crucial model parameters for Tropical Cyclone evolution, and improved Tropical Cyclone analyses both in an idealized experiment and in a real Typhoon case. Estimating key model parameters is one of the frontier research topics, and it was very interesting to see his pioneering work.