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Probing Tornadoes with Mobile Doppler Radars

Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Sears Lecture

Tornadoes are one of the most violent of all atmospheric phenomena. Small and short-lived, they are difficult to observe safely and study. Since the 1980s, Professor Howard Bluestein of the University of Oklahoma (a Boston native, and MIT alum) has been using increasingly sophisticated instruments to gain valuable insight into the physics of tornadoes. His stunning images have been published worldwide (including on the cover of Time magazine) and he has appeared frequently on television, as well as in the IMAX movie "Stormchasers". In this public lecture, entitled "Probing Tornadoes with Mobile Doppler Radars".

Professor Bluestein will present to a general audience some of the highlights of his scientific research, and also show some of his personal collection of amazing photographs and videos of the destructive power of this dangerous and important natural phenomenon. All are welcome.

The Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Program at Woods Hole is funded by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the National Science Foundation and Office of Naval Research.

Last updated: July 19, 2012