Pete Finocchio

 

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Welcome! I am an NRC postdoc at the Naval Research Lab in Monterey, and former member of Sharan Majumdar's research group at the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School (RSMAS). Broadly speaking, my research uses idealized numerical modeling and statistical analysis to understand environmental influences on the predictability of tropical cyclone (TC) structure and intensity, with a focus on the effects of vertical wind shear. I am increasingly interested in applying ensembles of idealized simulations as well as observation targeting techniques in an idealized modeling framework to study the extratropical transition of tropical cyclones. For my postdoctoral research, I hope to use such methods to gain new insights into the physical processes that determine the predictability of extratropical transition and the associated downstream flow amplification.


Prior to my graduate research, I studied how ensembles of tropical cyclone track forecasts can be used to create new tools for predicting errors in storm motion. I have also worked as a research scientist on the GOES-R Satellite program at Atmospheric and Environmental Research (AER), and as a volunteer at the Blue Hill Observatory in Milton, MA.

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