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College of Sciences

Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences

Dylan White


As a newcomer to the field of atmospheric science, I am constantly finding new problems and areas of interest.  My broad interest in the field is atmospheric dynamics, while more specific interests include modelling, climate dynamics, synoptic and mesoscale meteorology, and tropical meteorology.  I currently work as a PhD student in Dr. Anantha Aiyyer’s tropical meteorology group.  Our current goal is to clarify dynamics associated with the evolution of African easterly waves.

I am currently a teaching assistant for MEA 422: Atmospheric Dynamics II, where I teach the lab section of the course.  In this course, we use IDV and Matlab to visualize different fields associated with learning objectives in the lecture.  I really enjoy teaching in the MEAS department.  As an undergraduate, I was really fascinated by the application of math and physics to the field, and I try to relay this same enthusiasm to students in a teachable manner.

Research Description

African easterly waves (AEWs) are synoptic-scale disturbances that occur in Africa in association with the African easterly jet (AEJ) between the months of June and October. They are characterized by wavelengths of around 3000 km and periods of 2-5 days, and they heavily impact the regional climate. AEWs significantly contribute to mesoscale precipitation over West Africa, are precursors of a majority (at least 60% for recent years) of Atlantic hurricanes, and may even contribute to Pacific tropical cyclogenesis. Despite their apparent significance, a complete mathematical and physical model of the origin and storm track structure of AEWs is yet to be established, and this serves as the motivation for my research. During my time as a PhD student at NCSU, I hope to clarify the role of convection in AEW development, the relationship between the established northern and southern storm tracks, as well as the role of hydrodynamic instability and upstream development in AEW evolution.


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B.S., Physics, North Carolina State University (2014)
B.S., Mathematics, North Carolina State University (2014)

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