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Hurricanes and Coupled Atmosphere-Ocean Systems

Brandon Kerns

Senior Research Scientist/Engineer
Department of Atmospheric Sciences
University of Washington, Seattle, WA
bkerns AT uw . edu


My research interest is in tropical meteorology, especially tropical cyclogenesis, air-sea exchanges, and the Madden-Julian Oscillation. I use a combination of satellite data, in-situ observations, model re-analysis, and high resolution coupled modeling in my research.

About me

I was born and raised in the "Magic City" of Miami, FL (Let's Go Heat!), where I experienced Hurricane Andrew (1992) as a junior high school student. However, my interest in meteorology was sparked when I wondered why a later storm, Erin of 1995, did not intensify and passed to our north, resulting in the best weather of the summer that year. I went on to do my BS in physics (Univ. of Miami) and a MS (Univ. of Hawaii) and PhD (Univ. of Utah) in Meteorology. My PhD was on distinguishing developing and nondeveloping easterly waves, tropical cyclogenesis, which continues to be a research interest. I joined Prof. Shuyi Chen's research group at UM in 2008, and got in to coupled modeling, air-sea exchanges, and Madden-Julian Oscillation. I came to the UW APL with Prof. Chen's research group in the summer of 2017 and moved to the Atmospheric Sciences department in the spring of 2020.