Extreme Wind Resilience Center announces inaugural lecture
4/17/2023 10:43:58 AM
The new Extreme Wind Resilience Center (EWRC) has announced its inaugural lecture, which will take place on April 26, 2023, at 3:00 p.m. (CT). The virtual lecture, “Characterizing Extreme Near-Surface Winds in Tornadoes and Hurricanes,” will be delivered by Dr. Karen Kosiba. Details about the lecture and a link to register are available at https://calendars.illinois.edu/detail/2677?eventId=33456117.
Kosiba is the Managing Director of the Flexible Array of Radars and Mesonets (FARM) facility and an Adjunct Research Professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Her research focuses on the kinematics and dynamics of severe convective storms, characterizing the low-level wind structure in tornadoes, and understanding boundary layer winds and small-scale structures in landfalling hurricanes. A key part of her research is executing field projects in order to collect data for improved analysis and prediction of these hazardous weather events.
The multidisciplinary EWRC is a joint effort between the departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Atmospheric Sciences at UIUC, which was established to address the impact of extreme wind events. The center is co-directed by Robert Trapp, professor of atmospheric science, and Frank Lombardo, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering.