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Affiliation: 
Georgia Institute of Technology
Title: 
Professor
Department: 
School of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Expertise: 
ocean and atmosphere dynamics

Biography

Peter Webster is Professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. For the last 20 years he has concentrated on the investigation of tropical atmospheres and oceans with an emphasis on the monsoons of Asia. In recent years he has directed the Climate Forecast Applications in Bangladesh, which is aimed at producing forecasts of rainfall and floods on time scales from seasonal to daily and at introducing modern predictive techniques to developing countries. Part of the CFAB effort is to forecast hurricanes in regions of low technical resources. Most of Webster's research combines theoretical and modeling techniques although he has organized many field experiments including TOGA Coupled Ocean-Atmosphere Response Experiment (a multinational experiment in the western Pacific Ocean), the Equatorial mesoscale experiment and the Joint Air-Sea Monsoon Interaction Experiment (JASMINE) in the Bay of Bengal. He has received numerous awards including the J. G. Charney and the Carl Gustav Rossby medals from the American Meteorological Society, the two highest research awards presented to an atmospheric scientist in the US. He is a fellow of the American Meteorological Society, the American Geophysical Union, the Royal Meteorological Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Webster has written one textbook, 15 book chapters and in excess of 200 scientific articles.