Xiaomin Chen receives Northern Gulf Institute Research Award

Xiaomin Chen, center, 2022 recipient of the Mississippi State University Northern Gulf Institute Research Award, with NGI Associate Director Jamie Dyer, left, and NGI Director Robert Moorhead, right.

HRD and Northern Gulf Institute (NGI) scientist Dr. Xiaomin Chen is a recipient of the NGI Research Award, an honor instituted in 2020 to recognize outstanding research accomplishments by NGI staff. NGI is a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration cooperative institute which conducts research on interconnections among Gulf of Mexico ecosystems and then provides decision makers with scientific findings.

Chen’s focus is tropical-cyclone boundary-layer parameterizations and mechanisms of rapid intensification. His research combines novel models with in-situ observations to better understand and predict tropical cyclones for better preparedness and resilience by communities. His work has been instrumental in helping HRD develop more accurate weather forecasts for intensifying tropical cyclones.

“Accurately predicting tropical cyclone intensity and structure is challenging. Chen’s work has contributed to the improvements in hurricane forecasting, and that plays a major role in helping public officials take proactive roles in getting community residents prepared and protected to reduce the chances of injury and hopefully prevent major property damage,” said Just Cebrian, NGI coastal ecosystem science researcher and associate director.

Adapted from https://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2022/07/msus-northern-gulf-institute-recognizes-scientists-outstanding-research. For more information, contact aoml.communications@noaa.gov.