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858866_4706343415525_134824114_oAndrew Schwartz

Andrew is a PhD candidate at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. His thesis is centered on snowpack energetics and the effects that trees have on hydrology, the effects of bush fires on snowpack, and potential impacts of climate change on snowpack as a result of flora death. This work is being conducted to determine possible impacts on Snowy Hydro Ltd, which produces hydroelectric power and irrigation water for Australia.

He is an Associate Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in the Aviation Applications Program located at the Research Applications Lab where he works as a consultant. His work at NCAR includes improving weather model microphysics, writing weather detection algorithms, testing new atmospheric instrumentation, and developing new aviation products and models in conjunction with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), National Severe Storm Laboratories (NSSL), and the National Aeron11825126_10205757400113213_5271863941921767828_nautics and Space Administration (NASA). He recently received a nomination and appointment to the American Meteorological Society’s Measurements Committee.

Andrew is also a severe weather enthusiast and storm chases in his free time in addition to tracking severe weather systems via radar, satellite, and ground measurement systems. To date, he has seen hundreds of severe storms and a large number of tornadoes including the El Reno, Oklahoma tornado of 2013 which is the largest on record at 2.6 miles wide.




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