Brian E. Mapes

Department of Atmospheric Sciences
Meteorology and Physical Oceanography Program
Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS)
University of Miami
4600 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami FL 33149

Email: mapes at

Personal history:

Born in Pueblo, Colorado, February 1964.
Childhood in Boulder, Colorado through high school.

Higher education:

  • B.S., Chemistry, June 1985, Caltech, Pasadena, CA
  • Ph.D., Atmospheric Sciences, June 1992, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
       Dissertation title: The Australian monsoon and its mesoscale convective systems; advisor Robert A. Houze, Jr.
  • Postdoc, 1993-1995: NOAA Climate & Global Change Fellow, at University of Colorado
  • Postdoc, August - December 1995: Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

  • Employment (reverse order):

  • December 2004 - present: Faculty at University of Miami
  • October 2003 - November 2004: research scientist, Colorado Research Associates
  • December 1995 - November 2004: research scientist, Climate Diagnostics Center

  • Publications: Click here for updates, abstracts, and PDF files

    Scientific symposia (last updated 2010):

  • Invited speaker, Below the Rossby Radius: Workshop on Small-scale variability in the general circulation of the atmosphere and oceans, KlimaCampus Hamburg, Germany, Sept. 2010
  • Invited speaker, Data Hierarchies for Climate Modeling, Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics, UCLA, May 2010
  • Invited speaker, Climate Feedbacks and Future Remote Sensing Observations, Keck Institute, Caltech, Sept 2009
  • Lead convenor, Tropical Waves & Circulations and Tropical-Midlatitude Interactions (76 submissions), International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science (IAMAS) MOCA-09 joint assembly, Montreal, Canada, July 2009.
  • Invited speaker, Reducing the uncertainty in the prediction of global warming, Jerusalem Institute of Advanced Study, January 2009. 
  • Member of WMO World Weather Research Program Monsoon Panel's Expert Team on severe monsoon weather (since 2008).
  • 2006 AGU Charney Lecturer
  • 2004 AMS Clarence Leroy Meisinger award, "for highly original contributions to the understanding, modeling, and parameterization of atmospheric convection, its organization, and its coupling to the large-scale flow"
  • Invited lecturer, Feb 2004 NCAR-GTP workshop on cumulus parameterization
  • Invited lecturer, Jan 2004 UWERN/UKMO workshop on convection
  • Invited lecturer, Oct 2003 BMRC Australia workshop on cumulus parameterization
  • Invited lecturer, 2001 ECMWF Annual Seminar Course, Physical parameterizations
  • Invited lecturer, 2001 NYU workshop, Tropical convection and waves
  • Invited speaker, "Cumulus clouds in climate" session, AGU fall meeting Dec. 2000
  • Visiting scientist, Atmospheric Sciences, University of Arizona, July 2000 - May 2001
  • Visiting scientist, International Pacific Research Center, University of Hawaii, various times
  • 1997 AMS Editor's Award, Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, for "consistently giving thought-provoking reviews on manuscripts dealing with tropical convection"
  • Invited lecturer, 1996 NATO Advanced Study Institute, The physics and parameterization of moist convection
  • Invited lecturer, 1996 ECMWF workshop, New insights and approaches to cumulus parameterization
  • Professional Service:

  • Scientific organizing committee, International Workshop on the Dynamics and Forecasting of Tropical Weather Systems, Jan 2001
  • Associate editor, Monthly Weather Review
  • Editorial Board, Dynamics of Atmospheres and Oceans
  • Outreach work with high-school science teachers, SOARS summer minority undergraduate research program
  • AMS, AGU member
  • BAMS Subject Matter Editor
  •       NASA GES-DISC Users Committee

          UCAR Presidentís Advisory Committee for University Relations (PACUR), 2014-2016

          UCAR-Unidata Strategic Advisory Council, 2013-2016

          UCAR-Unidata IDV Steering Committee

          Panelist, NCAR Observing Facilities Assessment Panel (OFAP), 2012-2017.