At the UW campus fountain, from left to right: Yakelyn Ramos, Edoardo Mazza, Guiwan Chen, Benjamin Barr, Ajda Savarin, Jeyun Chun, Yuanwen Zhang, Brandon Kerns, and Shuyi Chen.

On the UW campus, from left to right: Yakelyn Ramos, Yuanwen Zhang, Ajda Savarin, Guiwan Chen, Benjamin Barr, Edoardo Mazza, and Jeyun Chun.

Kayaking on Lake Union, Gas Works Park in the background. Jeyun Chun, Benjamin Barr, Yuanwen Zhang, Edoardo Mazza, Ajda Savarin, Guiwan Chen, Shuyi Chen, Yakelyn Ramos

Kayaking on Lake Union, the Seattle skyline in the background. Jeyun Chun, Benjamin Barr, Yuanwen Zhang, Edoardo Mazza, Ajda Savarin, Guiwan Chen, Shuyi Chen, Yakelyn Ramos

Kayaking on Lake Union, facing west.

Kayaking on Lake Union, facing north.

Kayaking on Lake Union.

Kayaking on Lake Union with a sea plane!

Kayaking on Lake Union, Gas Works Park.

Shuyi S. Chen, Professor
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My research focuses on the dynamics and air-sea interactions in tropical convection, tropical cyclones/hurricanes, and intraseasonal oscillations.

Brandon Kerns, Senior Meteorologist/Research Scientist (APL)
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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.

Ajda Savarin, PhD Student
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My name is Ajda (pronounced as 'Ida') Savarin, and I am from Slovenia, a small but beautiful country on the sunny side of the European Alps. Growing up, I had the opportunity to travel and explore the world, and I developed a wide range of interests, but my interest in Meteorology and Atmospheric Science didn't develop until I took a related course as an elective during my first year as an undergraduate student. As I learned about the atmosphere and ocean through further classes, I also had the opportunity to work as an undergraduate researcher with Professor Shuyi Chen. My initial project was related to the data collected during the Dynamics of the Madden-Julian Oscillation (DYNAMO) field campaign in the equatorial Indian Ocean. My research resulted in the writing of my Honors program thesis on the topic of 'Convective Cold Pools and Boundary Layer Recovery Time During DYNAMO'. The experience I gained as an undergraduate researcher, and the opportunity to present my results at a large science meeting motivated me to complete a Masters' degree in Meteorology and Physical Oceanography at the University of Miami, and pursue a Ph.D. at the University of Miami in the department of Atmospheric Sciences. Throughout this journey, my area of interest remained focused on the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO), which is an atmosphere-ocean coupled phenomenon that occurs over the Indian Ocean, Maritime Continent (MC), and the Western Pacific. I visited Indonesia multiple times before starting university, and knowing the area and people that my studies focus on has given me additional motivation to pursue my work. My research currently focuses on the MJO's initiation ove the Indian Ocean and its propagation over the MC, determining the effect of topography and the diurnal cycle of precipitation the MC barrier effect. In June 2017, I also had the opportunity to participate in the Convective Processes (NASA CPEX) field campaign, during which the DC-8 aircraft was flown into tropical convection in the Gulf of Mexico, West Atlantic, and the Caribbean. The aircraft was measuring vertical profiles of the atmosphere and I even got to release dropsondes during some of the flights! As a side project, I am working on looking at convective cold pools that we sampled in this region, and seeing if we can find some commonalities with the cold poos sampled over the Indian Ocean during DYNAMO. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling and exploring new places, spending time outdoors in the wonderful Seattle, playing the piano, and curling up with a good book and my two wonderfully fluffy cats, Rossby and Kelvin.

Yakelyn Ramos, PhD Student
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My name is Yakelyn Ramos Jauregui and I am from Peru, especifically from Huancayo located in the central Andes highlands. Growing up in a farmworkers family, I had the first-hand experience that El Niño and La Niña impact people's livelihood. The lack of seasonal to interannual predictability has significant impacts not only in people lives but also in my country's economy. That's why I chose to study Meteorology. In 2009, I moved to Lima to start my undergraduate studies in Meteorology at the National Agrarian University (Peru), which I successfully finished in 2013 after my internship as a research assistant at the Geophysical Institute of Peru (IGP). In 2014, I got my Engineering degree by the defense of my thesis titled “The effect of climate change on Tumbes precipitation by using the output of Global Climate Models (CMIP5)”. Working as a research assistant, I developed my expertise in management, analysis, and diagnostic of Global Climate Models (GCM) outputs, many languages programs such as Fortran and Matlab, as well as the improvement of my academic and analytical skills in atmospheric science. In 2015, I began to follow new topic research: the westerly winds events (WWE) to make a forecast of ocean Kelvin waves, which commonly impact the Peruvian coast. These pulses could potentially predict the onset or maintenance of El Niño, and because of the practical importance of these pulses, my focus was to identify weather systems and patterns that generate them in the western part of the Pacific Ocean. We expected to use these mechanisms to predict or monitoring El Niño development. Unfortunately, I realized that my knowledge and experience in tropical meteorology were limited, and to increase my knowledge and experience, and I decided to study abroad. In 2017, I started the Ph.D. program in Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington under the supervision of Prof. Shuyi Chen.

Edoardo Mazza, PhD Student
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My research revolves around tropical cyclones. I am interested in understanding their formation in marginally favorable environments, in particular during the early and late part of the Atlantic Hurricane Season. Along with it, I study their impact once they make landfall using a fully coupled atmosphere-wave-ocean model. I was born in Crevacuore (Italy) where I spent the first 19 years of my life. In my childhood, I have developed a deep interest for weather phenomena, snowstorms in particular. To purse my passion, I moved to Scotland where I received my B.Sc. with Honors in Geophysics and Meteorology from the University of Edinburgh. I later moved to Berlin, where I spent two years as a GeoSim fellow at the Freie Universität Berlin working on the development of Medicanes. In 2016, I moved to Seattle as a visiting student at the UW Department of Atmospheric Science. I finally joined the department and the Prof. Chen's research group in 2017. When I am not studying tropical cyclones, I am most likely watching sports or fishing.

Benjamin Barr, PhD Student
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I grew up in Austin, Texas and received my B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. While at UT, I became fascinated with thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat and mass transfer, working on topics such as ablative heat shields for spacecraft atmospheric reentry and firebrand breakage and transport in wildland fires. After graduating from UT, I worked for five years at Stress Engineering Services (SES) in Houston, Texas performing structural, dynamic, and thermal/fluid analysis for a variety of oil and gas applications. While working at SES on the analysis team for the top-tensioned production/drilling risers for Shell's Malikai tension leg platform in Malaysia, I became interested in the storms and marine environments that drive the design of floating offshore structures. I realized that my background in thermal/fluid systems could be applied to the study of these environments, and I decided to return to school to become an atmospheric scientist. Now at the University of Washington, I apply my engineering experience to the study of physics at the air-sea interface in high winds, focusing on understanding how small-scale thermal and fluid processes affect overall rates of energy and moisture transfer in atmospheric systems.

Jeyun Chun, PhD Student
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My research interest is to understand physical and dynamical processes within the marine boundary layer. Especially, my target is to analyze air-sea interaction over the tropical convection, such as tropical cyclone and the Madden-Julian oscillation (MJO), using a fully coupled atmosphere-wave-ocean model, reanalysis and observational data.

Yuanwen Zhang, PhD Student (visiting)
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I'm a visiting student at the university of Washington, working with Prof. Shuyi Chen and Prof. Chidong Zhang. I am currently working on the predictability and prediction skills of the MJO in the S2S ECMWF Reforecast.

Guiwan Chen, PhD Student (visiting)
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My name is Guiwan Chen and I was born in JiangXi Province, a place located south of China with humid climate. I received my B.S. in Atmospheric Science and Computer Science at University of Science and Techonology of China in 2015. After that I became a graduate student at Institute of Atmospheric Physcis in Beijing, working on MJO propgation with Prof. Chonyin Li and Jian Ling. I came to visit Department of Atmospheric Sceices at University of Washington since 2018.03. My research interest is on the barrier effect of the Maritime Continent on MJO propagation over the Maritime Continent with a focus on its simulation and connection with interannual variabilities such as ENSO and QBO.

Kuan-Jen "Tank" Lin, PhD Student
Visiting from National Central University, Taiwan
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My research is on using ensemble Kalman filter (EnKF) to improve tropical cyclone initialization and forecasts.