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UVM researcher focuses on improving climate predictions

Release Date: 09-18-2009

Author: Dawn Marie Densmore
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Climate prediction is one of the research areas of Chris Danforth, assistant professor of applied mathematics in UVM's College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS). Danforth's research was featured in the Burlington Free Press on Thursday, September 17, in a news article by Tim Johnson entitled, "UVM prof works to aid hurricane forecasts."

Danforth's research is focused on developing novel techniques that will improve our ability to make accurate predictions of physical systems using numerical models. His concepts are successful in use with small global weather models and his techniques are being applied to a version of the operational weather model used by the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP), the Global Forecast System (GFS). This model has approximately one billion degrees of freedom and is used by the National Weather Service (NWS) to issue predictions to the government and media.

Funding has been generously provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the NASA EPSCoR program in Vermont.