Coffee Hour with Jenni Evans: Getting to know the Institute for CyberScience (ICS) and Exploring Cyber-Hurricanes

Friday, February 10, 2017 - 3:30pm
Refreshments are offered in 319 Walker Building at 3:30 p.m. The lecture begins in 112 Walker Building at 4:00 p.m.

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This week's Coffee Hour lecture is co-sponsored by the Penn State Institute for CyberScience.

About the talk

The Institute for CyberScience is one of Penn State's five pan-university, interdisciplinary institutes. ICS was formed in 2012 and is currently going through an increasingly rapid evolution. A brief overview of current and emerging ICS initiatives will be presented before turning to research that utilizes the ICS cyberinfrastructure: an examination of the physics of tropical cyclones, in particular to improve understanding of their development and 5-10 day forecasts of these systems. In recognition of the uncertainties in observations of tropical cyclones, and also of the uncertainties in the representation of key physical processes in numerical forecast models, many simulations of individual forecast models are performed at each forecast initial time. These “ensembles” of forecast models are purposefully designed to capture the uncertainties in the observational accuracy and model skill. We will examine the use of these computer models and novel ways of synthesizing the data to capture information about the uncertainties in the forecast while providing meaningful information on the most likely outcomes.

About the speaker

Jenni Evans, photo by Pat MansellJenni Evans is a professor of meteorology and atmospheric science, an associate of the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute, and the director of Penn State’s Institute for CyberScience (ICS). Evans received her BSc and PhD in applied mathematics from Monash University in Australia. She has published extensively on tropical cyclones and climate change, focusing particularly on the physics of tropical cyclogenesis and extratropical transition using advanced computational models, observational analysis and novel statistical methods. Her group developed a summary framework for mapping the evolution of all cyclonic storms, the Cyclone Phase Space (CPS), which is now in use at the US National Hurricane Center. She is a Fellow of the American Meteorology Society (AMS) and Lead Meteorologist for the Florida Commission on Hurricane Loss Projection Methodology. In her capacity as director of ICS, Evans has overseen a rapid expansion of ICS-ACI, Penn State’s high-performance research cloud, and she has been instrumental in securing ongoing funding for building out Penn State’s computing resources even further.

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