Ghassan J. Alaka, Jr.

Sustainability Leadership Fellowship Cohort: 2012-2013

Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Atmospheric Science

Research Summary: My research matters because Atlantic hurricanes are destructive forces that are not well-predicted. I tackle this issue by improving our understanding of pre-hurricane weather systems over Africa. Although these weather systems regularly move from Africa into the East Atlantic in the summer, it is currently difficult to determine whether or not they develop into hurricanes. The goal of my work is to better predict periods of increased or decreased Atlantic hurricane activity 2-3 weeks in advance.