Posted on April 12, 2021
NOAA-EPP/MSI CESSRST Earth System Sciences and Remote Sensing graduate scholars Equisha Glenn and Keneshia Hibbert publish a joint scientific research journal article on March 24, 2021, with co-authors Dr. Thomas M. Smith, Physical Scientist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric (NOAA)/ Center for Satellite Applications and Research (STAR) /Satellite Climate Studies Branch (SCBS), Dr. Jose M. Galvez, Research Meteorologist, and Instructor, NOAA/National Weather Service (NWS)/ National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP), Michael Davison, Chief of the Internal Desks, NOAA/NWS/NCEP and Dr. Jorge E. Gonzalez, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, City College of New York (CCNY). The article is titled ‘Tropical Convection in the Caribbean and Surrounding Region during a Regional, Warming Sea-Surface Temperature Period, 1982–2020’ and published in the Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI) Journal of Hydrology–Special Issue on Hydrology in the Caribbean Basin. Commenting on how she feels about the achievement, Equisha said, “It’s so rewarding to see your hard work and dedication to your research be recognized by leading experts.” Keneshia added, “This is my first publication, and the journey for the past two years has been filled with ups and downs, and I would experience it again to be where I am today. It is very exhilarating.”
In the article, the CESSRST scholars highlight that sea-surface temperatures (SSTs) in the climate-sensitive Caribbean region have been increasing over the past 39 years (1982-2020). Further, they emphasize that the warming SSTs can potentially impact the precipitation in the region, including influencing deep convection and rainfall. Stressing on the importance of understanding the implications of warming SSTs for predicting regional hydrometeorological conditions, they investigated trends in convection using the Galvez-Davison Index (GDI) for tropical convection from 1982–2020. The convection analysis indicated that conditions favorable for precipitation have increased but so have the long-term annual and seasonal factors that dampen the favorable conditions.
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