Christian Kamrath

 Christian Kamrath
Mentor: Dr. Corene Matyas
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
 
"With the ever changing global climate and sophistication of technology, there is a need, now more than ever, to study meteorology and climatology to better understand how our atmosphere is changing and what implications it has on our growing population and landscape. I feel that contributing to the web of knowledge and general understanding of our physical world will only benefit us now and in the future when it comes to preparing for what unexpected extreme or non-extreme weather events mother nature throws at us. Additionally, the process of questioning all things and learning through discovery is something that is rare, yet amazing, and I would like to continue to do this as part of my career."
 

Major

Geography

Minor

Sustainability Studies

Research Interests

  • Extra-Tropical/Tropical Cyclones
  • Global Climate Change
  • GIS Analysis

Academic Awards

  • UF University Scholars Program
  • Florida Bright Futures
  • Dean's List

Organizations

  • Men's Club Water Polo
  • American Meteorological Society
  • Geography Student Organization

Volunteer

  • Gainesville Youth Water Polo
  • Keep Alachua Beautiful
  • Gator Plunge

Hobbies and Interests

  • Water Polo/Swimming
  • Camping/Hiking
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Snorkel/Scuba

Research Description

A GIS Based Analysis of Extratropical Transition of Tropical Cyclones in the North Atlantic Basin
A fair amount of tropical cyclones that form in the Atlantic basin during the hurricane season move into the northern latitudes and undergo what is known at extratropical transition (ET). In this study the processes and various characteristics of extratropical transition as well as the temporal and spatial distribution of the tropical cyclones (TCs) that undergo this transition. Using a Geographic Information System (GIS) this project will look at TCs that are in existence for a minimum of 5 days, per National Hurricane Center advisories, and map out the varying lengths and positions of the storms that undergo ET. The TCs will be delineated and looked at within different categories based on whether or not they made landfalls (not including small islands/ over land for less than 6 hours) to determine whether there is a difference in the nature or duration ET. Another variable that this study will analyze is the precipitable water (amount of moisture in the column) near a TC that undergoes ET in an attempt to define whether the extratropical cyclone has a visible tropical air mass surrounding it and if there are varying amounts of precipitable water (PWAT) between landfalling or non-landfalling TCs. An analysis of the expanding wind fields, proven to be associated with a TC undergoing ET, may also be done using a GIS to determine if there is any statistically significant relationship between the duration of the TC and the rate at which the wind field is changing. While the exact range of the data set is still being determined, all TCs that reach at least tropical storm strength (minimum 35 kts sustained winds) between 1998 and 2012 will provide ample data to conduct these analyses. While previous research has been done on TCs and ET before, more investigation is required, especially with regards to spatial and temporal distributions of precipitable water amounts within the varying TCs.