Read about the different research themes being studied by the COastal METeorology (COMET) Lab at LSU. Each topic lists the basic questions we're trying to answer, and the places we're studying them. See a list of our recent publications.
Louisiana: What happens when coastal regions experience flooding from heavy rainfall and storm surge simultaneously? How should engineers best represent precipitation associated with idealized tropical systems while modeling storm surge?
Hypothetical precipitation map for Hurricane Katrina based purely on central pressure, wind speed and direction of motion
Puerto Rico: How can we better forecast seasonal thunderstorm activity in the tropics? How will Caribbean precipitation respond to changes in trans-Atlantic dust transport? What caused the historic 2015 Puerto Rico drought?
Map of annual radar-detected convective showers over Puerto Rico (Miller et al. 2019)
Southeast U.S.: Where do atmospheric rivers most often impact the Gulf and Atlantic coastlines? What upper-level atmospheric patterns support these events? How many atmospheric rivers ultimately produce prolific precipitation over the Southeast U.S.?
Frequency of atmospheric river interactions with Southeast U.S. coastline (Debbage et al. 2017)