Dale Durran

Professor, Atmospheric Sciences

Adjunct Professor, Applied Mathematics

Dale Durran
Areas of Expertise
  • Mesoscale Dynamic Meteorology
  • Numerical Methods
  • Atmospheric Predictability
  • Mountain Meteorology
  • Atmospheric Waves
  • ATM S 123
  • ATM S 234
  • ATM S 456
  • Fellow of the American Meteorological Society (AMS)
  • AMS Mountain Meteorology Committee’s Mountain Meteorology Award, 2014
  • Naval Research Laboratory’s Alan Berman Research Publication Award 2007
  • Naval Research Laboratory’s Alan Berman Research Publication Award 2002
  • UW Dept. of Atmospheric Sciences Annual Teaching Award 2016
  • UW Dept. of Atmospheric Sciences Annual Teaching Award 2013
  • Editor Monthly Weather Review, 2012-2014
  • Associate Editor Monthly Weather Review, 2001-2004
  • Chair: American Meteorological Society (AMS) Committee on Mountain Meteorology
    2004-2006, 2015-present
  • Co-Chair 12th AMS Conference on Mountain Meteorology, Santa Fe, NM, 2006
  • Co-Chair 5th AMS Conference on Mesoscale Processes, Atlanta, GA, 1992
Selected publications
  • Durran, D.R., 2010: Numerical Methods for Fluid Dynamics: with Applications to Geophysics (2nd ed). New York: Springer, ISBN 978-1-4419-6411-3, 516 p.

  • Durran, D.R., 1999: Numerical Methods for Wave Equations in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics. New York: Springer-Verlag, ISBN 0-387-98376-7, 465 p.

  • Durran, D.R., J.A. Weyn and M.Q. Menchaca, 2017: Practical considerations for computing dimensional spectra from gridded data. Mon. Wea. Rev., in press.

  • Weyn, J. A. and D. R. Durran, 2017: The dependence of the predictability of mesoscale convective systems on the horizontal scale and amplitude of initial errors in idealized simulations. J. Atmos. Sci., 74, 2191-2210.

  • Menchaca, M. Q. and D. R. Durran, 2017: Mountain Waves, Downslope Winds, and Low-Level Blocking Forced by a Midlatitude Cyclone Encountering an Isolated Ridge. J. Atmos. Sci., 74, 1617-1639.

  • Light, D.K. and D.R. Durran, 2016: Preserving positivity in discontinuous Galerkin approximations to scalar transport via truncation and mass aware rescaling (TMAR), Mon. Wea. Rev., 144, 4771-4786.

  • Siler, N. and D.R. Durran, 2016: What causes weak orographic rain shadows? Insights from case studies in the Cascades and idealized simulations. J. Atmos. Sci., 73, 4077-4099.