This week's Research Unplugged to focus on weather and global climate

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Research Unplugged continues its fall season of lively community discussions with Penn State researchers with a program this Thursday, Oct. 18, by Jenni Evans on "Stormy Weather: Hurricanes, Monsoons and Global Climate Change."

Evans, professor of meteorology and atmospheric science, studies climate variability, with a special emphasis on the lifecycle of tropical cyclones. Her research on subtropical storms has identified their role in the genesis of North Atlantic tropical cyclones, and extends to exploring future climate scenarios for tropical convection and monsoons.

Societal vulnerability to tropical cyclones and weather risk are more recent active areas of research. Evans uses a combination of data analysis, analytical and various numerical models to attack these and other questions in the tropics.

Evans, a native Australian, is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society and the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society. She has also been editor of Monthly Weather Review and served on a National Science Board panel titled "Toward a National Agenda for Hurricane Science and Engineering."

Research Unplugged events are held each Thursday from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in the Downsbrough Community Room of Schlow Centre Region Library, on Allen Street in downtown State College.

The programs are free and open to the public, with complimentary light refreshments available, and limited free parking at Schlow Library starting at 11:45 a.m.

Visit http://www.rps.psu.edu/unplugged/ to see a complete list of this season's speakers and topics.

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Last Updated October 15, 2012