John Horel, Ph.D.
Professor, Atmospheric Sciences
Undergraduate Career Advisor, Atmospheric Sciences
1982 Ph.D. University of Washington
1977 B.S. San Jose State University
My research is centered on the weather and climate of the western United States, data assimilation, mountain meteorology, fire weather, and Great Salt Lake studies. I participate in the Mountain Meteorology Group within the department, which conducts a broad program of research related to weather and climate processes of the western United States.
Terrain-forced mesoscale circulations. Handbook of Weather, Climate, and Water: Dynamics,
Climate, Physical Meteorology, Weather Systems, and Measurements (Book), 2003
Global Environmental Change: An Atmospheric Perspective (Book), 1996
My research is centered on the weather and climate of the western United States, data assimilation, mountain meteorology, fire weather, and Great Salt Lake studies. I participate in the Mountain Meteorology Group within the department, which conducts a broad program of research related to weather and climate processes of the western United States.My current research activities include further development of MesoWest, which provides access to surface weather observations for operational, research, and educational applications. The MesoWest observations also provide a foundation from which to conduct research to improve data assimilation techniques over complex terrain. I participate in a National Weather Service effort to develop a mesoscale Analysis of Record and its prototype the Real Time Mesoscale Analysis. I am also involved in research related to the Great Salt Lake and the impacts of the Lake on local wind circulations. Research related to assessing the impacts of global warming on snowfall in the Wasatch Mountains of northern Utah is also in progress.
Research Keywords, Regions of Interest and Languages:
Analysis of Weather in Mountainous Regions [details]
Development of techniques to improve data analysis in regions of complex terrain
Great Salt Lake Studies [details]
Remote sensing of the Great Salt Lake and climate/weather/lake interactions
Collection, archival, dissemination of surface environmental conditions around the nation
Courses I Teach
ATMOS 1010 Severe and Unusual Weather
ATMOS 3000 Professional Development
ATMOS 5020 Environmental Programming
ATMOS 5040/6040 Environmental Statistics
ATMOS 5050/6050 Environmental Instrumentation