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Dr. Gregory Goodrich, WKU Meteorology FacultyDr. Gregory Goodrich

Meteorology Program Leader

Associate Professor of Meteorology

Office: EST 431

Phone: (270) 745-5986

Email: gregory.goodrich@wku.edu

About/Research Interests: Dr. Gregory Goodrich joined the faculty in 2005 after completing his Ph.D. from Arizona State University. His research focuses on how multi-decadal climate teleconnections such as the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) and the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO) influence precipitation patterns associated with interannual teleconnections such as the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO). He is especially interested in the impact of drought and precipitation patterns on agriculture. Dr. Goodrich is also interested in climate regionalization and has developed seasonal drought models based on a number of climatic variables. Dr. Goodrich has published his research in a number of peer-reviewed Journals, including Climate Research, Bulletin of the American Meteorology Society, and Weather and Forecasting. For more information about his research topics and agenda, contact Dr. Goodrich at gregory.goodrich@wku.edu.

Courses Taught:

  • METR 121 - Meteorology
  • METR 122 - Aviation Meteorology
  • METR 324 - Weather Analysis and Forecasting
  • METR 325 - Meteorological Instruments
  • METR 431 - Dynamic Meteorology I
  • METR 433 - Dynamic Meteorology II
  • METR 460 - Climate Teleconnections

WKU Meteorology Faculty: Dr. Josh Durkee

Dr. Joshua Durkee

Professor of Meteorology

Office: EST 362/424

Phone: (270) 745-8777

Email: joshua.durkee@wku.edu

About/Research Interests: joined the Department in Fall 2008 after completing his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. His primary research interests include assessing the role of mesoscale convective complexes (MCCs) in precipitation variability in North and South America. He is particularly interested in using space-borne instruments, such as the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission satellite, for estimating rainfall. He is also interested in understanding how changes in land cover may alter the physical and rainfall characteristics of MCCs. Josh has also published research pertaining to severe wind storms that are not associated with thunderstorms. He is particularly interested in developing dynamic models that help determine the various origins of these non-convective wind events (NCWEs), and coupling these models with remote sensing data in order to improve the forecast for these potentially dangerous wind storms. Josh has also conducted education-based research with the aim of improving teaching and learning of science and mathematics in introductory weather and climate laboratories and developing modern educational student assessment tools. For more information about these or other of his research projects, as well as opportunities for research collaboration, feel free to contact Dr. Durkee at joshua.durkee@wku.edu.

Courses Taught:

  • METR 121 - Meteorology
  • METR 324 - Weather Analysis and Forecasting
  • METR 335 - Radar/Satellite Meteorology
  • METR 432 - Synoptic Meteorology
  • METR 437 - Mesoscale Meteorology
  • METR 424 - Severe Weather Analysis and Forecasting
  • METR 425 - Field Methods in Severe Weather Analysis and Forecasting

WKU Meteorology Faculty: Dr. Xingang Fan

Dr. Xingang Fan

Professor of Meteorology

Office: EST 360

Phone: (270) 745-7078

Email: xingang.fan@wku.edu

About/Research Interests: Dr. Xingang Fan joined the Department in August 2009. He is an atmospheric scientist with interests in weather and climate modeling and prediction, as well as in multidisciplinary areas such as soil temperature and moisture, land use and vegetation, and geothermal heat flow. His long-term interests concern the impact of land surfaces on weather and climate, particularly soil temperature and moisture. His ongoing project funded by NASA is to downscale climate simulations and future projections to regional scales, and study their impacts on ecosystems through modeling. The downscaled regional climate model has many important potential applications in other fields. In the mesoscale modeling area, he has conducted research on satellite data assimilation in an attempt to improve cloud modeling, surface wind modeling, and ultimately to improve the accuracy of weather and climate prediction. Dr. Fan has broad interests in weather, climate, and environmental sciences. You can contact him via email at xingang.fan@wku.edu for more information about his research and projects, as well as for opportunities in collaborative research.

Courses Taught:

  • METR 121 - Meteorology
  • METR 322 - Global Climate Systems
  • METR 430 - Meteorological Computing
  • METR 438 - Physical Meteorology
  • METR 439 - Atmospheric Modeling


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