Past Undergraduate Projects
Below are some examples of the kind of great projects AOES undergraduates have been able to work at George Mason University and beyond.
CLIM 408 Senior Research [Atmospheric Science]
Some projects Atmospheric Science majors have been working on in the recent past. Expand panels to see project topic.
Gregory Monaghan (2019)
Poleward Trend in the South Atlantic Subtropical Ocean Front: A Possible Verification of Hadley Expansion
Jeremy Goldstein (2018)
An analysis of how re-forecasts from CFSv2 improved from the real time GFS forecasts for hurricane Isabel in 2003
The purpose of this paper is to analyze how an updated re-forecast improved from original GFS forecasts for hurricane Isabel. The variables that will be discussed in this paper include total rainfall, wind shear, 200mb and 850mb winds, and 500 mb heights. These variables were picked because they are important variables that could be used to indicate a hurricane threat. The variables discussed in this paper are analyzed by using GrADS to review the 00Z forecasts for September 18th 2003 which was when the storm first made landfall. The results indicate that the re-forecasts from the CFS generally did a better job accurately forecasting the observed values for all variables. Both models did a good job picking up the location of these features but had a difficult time narrowing down the exact magnitude.
Cristina Benzo (2018)
Wind energy? I’m a big fan
Although many countries across the world have realized the importance and environmental benefits of renewable energy, many regions in the US have yet to take advantage of these resources. Several economic, social, and political factors play a role in renewable energy implementation, but little attention and research has been conducted on the environmental feasibility of such projects. The West North Central region of the United States has one of the greatest potentials for wind energy, but because of its current heavy reliance on coal and oil, there is little research on how much wind energy potential there is. This project attempts to provide a preliminary analysis on wind power viability in this region by modeling wind speed and variability from 1980 to 2017; this data was also made into an interactive web application in the effort to make this type of information more accessible, visually appealing, and interesting to the public.
Zachary H. Manthos (2018)
Antarctic sea-ice variability: Assessing trends and mechanisms
Thomas Coccoli (2017)
A Climatological Study of Tropical Cyclones in the Atlantic Basin
Using the HURDAT data set, the frequency and intensity of tropical cyclones were examined on a 100-year time scale along with points of origin, probability track distribution, and land and sea impacts. The results indicate that tropical cyclone activities in the Atlantic Basin show quite variability. The possible reasons for this variability is due to Saharan Air Layer activities, intensity and location of jet stream, events such as El Niño, La Niña, and the Atlantic Multi-Decadal Oscillation.
Joseph Anderson (2016)
A Measures-Oriented Forecast Verification for Fairfax, Virginia
The objective of this project is to compare two categories of weather forecasts: human and the operational Global Forecasting System (GFS) numerical model. The comparison will be based on the forecast verification of each category; continuous variable testing (temperature) and Dichotomous variable testing (precipitation). The following will explore the significance/ noteworthiness of forecasting and then an in-depth review of pertinent forecast verification techniques. Relevant techniques include; methods of verification of real continuous scalar quantities, and methods of verification of binary (dichotomous) events.
Richard Circone (2015)
Minerva Storm Analysis
The Minerva forecast models' accuracy at predicting which days are particularly stormy in the North Atlantic and North Pacific was analyzed. Variables that defined storminess were heat flux, momentum flux, and geopotential height squared. A hypothesis that the higher resolution models would more correctly predict which days were stormy was falsified, as there was no significant relationship between model resolution and skill score for prediction. There was, however, the result that most forecasts for the North Pacific were more accurate than the North Atlantic, specifically for momentum flux. This is possibly because of the models' mishandling of the Greenland Tip Jet.
Geology Undergraduate Research
Here are some recent OSCAR and Independent Research projects in geology. Expand panels to see research topics.
Jonathan Hammer (2020)
Independent Research: Kalman Filters in the Earth Sciences
Advisor: Prof. Hinnov
Alexandra Boyle (2020)
OSCAR Scholar: Chemostratigraphy of the Silurian-Devonian boundary in the Helderberg Group, central Appalachian Basin, USA
Advisor: Prof. Gilleaudeau
Kristen Chiama (2020)
Undergraduate Researcher: Remote sensing and field-based study of the Churachandpur-Mao Fault Zone, northeast India.
Advisor: Prof Betka
Dylan Persinger (2019)
Independent Research: Paleoclimatology and Isotope Stratigraphy of the Upper Cretaceous Chalk Group, Denmark
Advisor: Prof. Gilleaudeau
Michael Naylor Hudgins (2018)
OSCAR Scholar: Theropoda and Loricata: Comparative Pneumaticb Index Evolution
Advisors: Profs. Uhen and Hinnov
Jood Al Aswad (2016)
OSCAR Scholar: Analysis of Geophysical Phenomena Recorded by Borehole Strainmeters
Advisor: Prof. Hinnov
Joshua Murphy (2016)
OSCAR Scholar: Modeling of Groundwater Flow on Mars
Advisor: Dr. Goldspiel
Brenlee Shipps (2016)
OSCAR Scholar: Fossil Baleen Whale Depositional Environments
Advisor: Prof. Uhen
Atmospheric Science Internships
Here are some Atmospheric Science students who recently took internships at George Mason University or at national laboratories in the DC metro area. Click on panels to see details.
NASA Langley Research Center
NOAA National Center for Weather and Climate Prediction
Jeremy Goldstein ('18)
Marissa Corrado ('18)
Dylan Costlow ('17)
AOES, Subseasonal Forecasts
- Jacquelyn Crowel and Riley Freeland work as subseasonal forecasters, producing the weekly forecast maps in support of Dr. Kathy Pegion’s NOAA funded project SubX (link).
- Crowel is also investigating the prediction of tropical cyclones in SubX data and Freeland is looking at winter storms, both for the SubX-IFLOOD coastal flood forecast system (link) in collaboration with Dr. Natalie Burls (AOES), Dr. Kathy Pegion (AOES) and Dr. Celso Ferriera (Volgeneau School of Engineering) through a grant from the College of Science and Volgeneau School of Engineering.