For my summer research project, I analyzed a set of atmospheric forecasting models in order to determine their forecasting skill during extreme weather events—specifically, for Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The forecasting models which I examined are appealing because they have the potential to provide forecasts from 1 through 4 weeks into the future—a significantly greater lead time than many other models in place today. I examined these forecasting models in order to determine if they could provide useful, accurate forecasts for extreme weather events such as Katrina—forecasts which could potentially be used to increase public safety and preparedness for events such as these.
Being a math major, I enjoyed this research project because it allowed me to experience and learn about a field which I am still new to. I enjoyed learning about how these atmospheric models’ function, as well as the practical applications of math and computer science in this field. During this project, I learned a great deal about various programming and data visualization techniques, which are very useful skills for someone looking to go into a technical trade in the future. I am very thankful for the OSCAR program for giving me the opportunity to engage in this research project over the summer.