Louisiana State University

Virtual LSU Science Café: Tracking Extreme Weather & Hurricanes

Join us for an online LSU Science Café to discuss the 2020 hurricane season with LSU faculty researchers.

About this Event

LSU weather experts will share insights into their latest research regarding tracking extreme weather and hurricane events. Dr. Barry Keim, Dr. Jill Trepanier, and Dr. Nan Walker will each present their work, with a moderated Q&A to follow.

About the Speakers

Dr. Barry Keim is the Richard J. Russell Professor in the LSU Department of Geography & Anthropology and serves as the Louisiana State Climatologist. His research focuses on climatic extremes with particular emphasis on heavy rainfall, hurricanes, storm surge, and the interpretation of climate data. As state climatologist, Dr. Keim conducts climatic research on the state of Louisiana and the broader region and serves the community by providing climatic data to those in need, including researchers, government agencies, police departments, and the media. He also oversees the group at LSU that manages the world’s largest and most comprehensive database of global storm surges.

Dr. Jill Trepanier studies extreme climatic and weather phenomena, specifically tropical cyclones. She uses quantitative methods such as statistics to analyze these events. She is an associate professor in the LSU Department of Geography & Anthropology. In 2016, Dr. Trepanier was named a fellow of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Gulf Research Program for her work on the application of hurricane risk methods to oil system infrastructure. Her current research interests include understanding extreme weather events, tropical climatology, climate change, geographic information systems, risk assessment, and statistical methods.

Dr. Nan Walker is the director of the Earth Scan Laboratory, LSU’s on-campus satellite data receiving facility and image processing lab that captures, processes, and archives real-time data and animations of the current weather, hurricanes, and ocean currents from a variety of NOAA and NASA satellites. Dr. Walker uses satellite remote sensing to study how Gulf of Mexico currents and eddies impact tropical cyclone intensity. She is the James P. Morgan Distinguished Professor of Coastal Studies in the Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences in the LSU College of the Coast & Environment.

LSU Science Café is presented in partnership with WRKF.

Image: Hurricane Katrina as it approached the Louisiana coast, August 28, 2005

Credit: LSU Earth Scan Lab

Registration & Attendance Information

The event is open to the public and advance registration through Eventbrite is required.

Access to the webinar will be available through Eventbrite after 5:30 PM on the day of the event. A link to this page will be sent with your registration confirmation and in reminder emails that will be sent prior the event. Please check your "clutter" or "junk" folder if you do not receive your reminder emails.

The live event will be closed captioned, and a recording of the webinar will be made available on the LSU Research YouTube channel shortly after the event. A link to the recording will be distributed to all registrants.

Tuesday, September 1 at 6:00pm to 7:00pm

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Event Type

Lectures & Presentations

Target Audience

Students, Faculty, General Public, Staff







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