Henebry leads interdisciplinary team to study the effects of urban areas in the Great Plains on severe storms

Geoff Henebry has been awarded a three-year $1.58M grant from the NASA Interdisciplinary Sciences program for a project entitled “Storms, Forms, and Complexity of the Urban Canopy: How Land Use, Settlement Patterns, and the Shapes of Cities Influence Severe Weather”.The project will use both observational and modeling approaches to study how city sizes and shapes in both the horizontal and vertical dimensions influence storm initiation, track, intensity, and storm demise. The project will also examine how the pollution state under the “urban dome” affects severe weather and how the results of this work can be translated into concepts and guidelines useful for urban and regional planners.  The project team involves researchers from South Dakota State University, Columbia University, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, University of Oklahoma, and the NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory.

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