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Marshall assistant professor of
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Dr. Kevin Law, assistant professor of geography at Marshall University, recently won the John Russell Mather Paper of the Year award sponsored by the Climate Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers.
The title of Law’s paper is “A Statistical Model to Forecast Short-term Atlantic Hurricane Intensity.” Law said the paper is based on his dissertation and was published in Weather and Forecasting in October 2007. He will present the paper and receive the award Wednesday, April 16 at the National AAG meeting in Boston.
“I was extremely surprised by the award, considering the group does not always grant a winner each year,” Law said. “It is a great honor as well, since I was competing against some very well known scholars from some of the top universities in the discipline.”
Law said his research, as with the award-winning paper, focuses on hurricane prediction.
“I am trying to develop a model that tries to forecast the intensity of hurricanes,” he said. “This paper looked at key environmental predictors and tried to forecast the 24-hour wind speed change. The model compared favorably with National Hurricane Center forecasts.”
Law said he is always trying to improve the model.
“Currently, I am comparing this model with other models used by the National Hurricane Center and will be presenting this research at the American Meteorological Society’s Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology in Orlando (Fla.) this May.”
Law has been at Marshall since August 2006. He graduated with a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from The Ohio State University in 2006.
He currently is developing a meteorology program within the geography department at Marshall. It would be the first meteorology program at a four-year institution in West Virginia, Law said.
“Kevin has brought a lot of energy to the geography program,” said Prof. Larry Jarrett, chair of the geography department. “We were looking for someone to add to our physical geography program and he fit the bill precisely. Meteorology is a field everyone is concerned with and hurricanes are of real interest to Kevin. The students are very excited about the new offerings Kevin has put together.”
For more information, contact Law via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.