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Welcome to the Bell Research Group Website

Department of Atmospheric Science
Walter Scott Jr., College of Engineering
Colorado State University
Tropical Cyclones

Research on structure and intensity change, mesoscale dynamics, and seasonal forecasting of hurricanes and typhoons

High Impact Weather

Research on severe storms, heavy rainfall, and other high impact weather

Radar Meteorology

Research with Doppler and polarimetric radars using advanced techniques and open source tools

Aircraft Observations

Expertise collecting and analyzing research aircraft data in atmospheric science field experiments

Research Group

More about the Research Group

In the News

Walter Scott Jr. College of Engineering Profile

9 News Interview about Hurricane Irma (2017)

Scientists at work: Forecasting the Atlantic hurricane season (From The Conversation)

President Obama Honors Federally-Funded Early-Career Scientists

2015 ONR Young Investigator Award Recipients

Intensity matters in new tropical cyclone research award

Hawaii News Now: High-tech Doppler radar cruises islands

Hawaii Public Radio: Bytemarks Cafe Interview about Doppler radar

ThinkTech TV: Forecasting Weather at SOEST


Our primary interests are in tropical, mesoscale, and radar meteorology. A central focus of our research is studying the mesoscale structure and intensification of tropical cyclones throughout their life-cycle from genesis to extratropical transition. This research is accomplished through the collection and analysis of research quality observations from aircraft and Doppler radars, in conjunction with high-resolution numerical modeling. A significant component of our research effort is also aimed at improving mesoscale and radar analysis techniques and open source software tools.

Recent Publications

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Our sponsors

The Bell research group gratefully acknowledges support from the following organizations.

NSF ONR NOAA G. Unger Vetlesen Foundation Interstate Restoration Ironshore Insurance Information Institute

Contact us

We are located in the Foothills Campus of the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado.
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