Dr. Adam J. French

Assistant Professor

Dr. Adam French

Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
501 East Saint Joseph Street
Rapid City, South Dakota 57701-3995

Room 208
Mineral Industries Building
Phone: 605-394-1649
FAX: 605-394-6061 
email: Adam.French@sdsmt.edu


 
Vita
Research Interests
Affiliations

Education

Publications

Teaching
 

Research Interests

My primary research area is focused on the dynamics of convective storms, however I am also interested in the more general subject areas of mesoscale meteorology, numerical modeling and forecasting. My most recent projects have focused on improving our understanding of how convective storm organization evolves in cases of mergers between squall lines and isolated supercell thunderstorms.  I try to employ a variety of research tools when tackling a scientific problem, using both numerical modeling and observational techniques to identify key scientific problems and then break them down into fundamental processes.


Affiliations

Dr. French is a member of the American Meteorological Society.

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Education and Background

Dr. French received his B.S. degree in Meteorology from Valparaiso University, and his M.S. and PhD degrees in Atmospheric Science from North Carolina State University.

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Selected Publications

Refereed Scientific Publications:

Letkewicz, C.E., A.J. French, and M.D. Parker, 2013: Base-state substitution: an idealized modeling technique for approximating environmental variability. Mon. Wea. Rev., 141(9), 3062-3086. PDF

French, A. J. and M.D. Parker, 2012: Observations of mergers between squall lines and isolated supercell thunderstorms. Weather and Forecasting, 27, 255-278. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/WAF-D-11-00058.1  PDF 

French, A. J., and M. D. Parker, 2010: The response of simulated nocturnal convective systems to a developing low-level jet. J. Atmos. Sci., 67, 3384-3408. PDF

French, A. J., and M. D. Parker, 2008: The initiation and evolution of multiple modes of convection within a meso-alpha scale region. Wea. Forecasting, 23, 1221-1252. PDF

 Conference Papers:

French, A.J., and M.D. Parker, 2012: Idealized simulations of mergers between squall lines and isolated supercell thunderstorms. 26th Conf. on Severe Local Storms, Nashville, TN, Amer. Meteor. Soc.

French, A. J., and M. D. Parker, 2011: A numerical investigation of convective storm evolution in cases of mergers between squall lines and isolated supercells. 14th Conference on Mesoscale Processes, Amer. Meteor. Soc., 1-4 August 2011, Los Angeles, CA. PDF

French, A. J., and M. D. Parker, 2010: Numerical simulations of interactions between squall lines and supercells. 25th Conference on Severe Local Storms, Amer. Meteor. Soc., 11-14 October 2010, Denver, CO. PDF

Parker, M. D., A. J. French, C. E. Letkewicz, M. J. Morin, K. Rojowsky, D. Stark and G. H. Bryan, 2009: Mobile sounding measurements of the near-storm environment during VORTEX2. Fifth European Conference on Severe Storms, 12-16 October 2009, Landshut, Germany.

French, A. J., and M. D. Parker, 2009: The response of simulated nocturnal convective systems to a low-level jet. 13th Conference on Mesoscale Processes, Amer. Meteor. Soc., 17-20 August 2009, Salt Lake City, UT. PDF

French, A. J., and M. D. Parker, 2009: Mergers between isolated supercells and quasi-linear convective systems: A preliminary study. 13th Conference on Mesoscale Processes, Amer. Meteor. Soc., 17-20 August 2009, Salt Lake City, UT. PDF

Parker, M. D., A. J. French, C. E. Letkewicz, M. J. Morin, K. Rojowsky, D. Stark and G. H. Bryan, 2009: Mobile sounding measurements of the near-storm environment during VORTEX2. 13th Conference on Mesoscale Processes, Amer. Meteor. Soc., 17-20 August 2009, Salt Lake City, UT.

French, A. J. and M. D. Parker, 2008: Response of nocturnal convective systems to low-level jets and morning surface heating. 24th Conference on Severe Local Storms, Amer. Meteor. Soc., 27-31 October 2008, Savannah, GA. PDF

French, A. J. and M. D. Parker, 2006: Multiple modes of convection in moderate-to-high shear environments. 23rd Conference on Severe Local Storms, Amer. Meteor. Soc., 6-10 November 2006, St. Louis, MO. PDF

French, A. J., J. S. Kain and S. J. Weiss, 2005: The effects of high resolution model output on severe weather forecasts as evaluated in the SPC/NSSL spring program 2004. 4th AMS Student Conference, Amer. Meteor. Soc., 8-9 January 2005, San Diego, CA.

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Teaching - Spring 2014

ATM 430/530 Radar Meteorology (MWF, 9:00-9:50 am, MI 320)

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To contact Dr. French: email: adam.french@sdsmt.edu

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