Jason Dunion is a meteorologist at the University of Miami and also works closely with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Hurricane Research Division in Miami, Fla.
As a co-investigator on NASA's HS3 Hurricane Mission, his role is to provide scientific guidance on the use of the Global Hawk for studying the Saharan Air Layer, upper-level winds and temperature profiles in tropical cyclones, and day-night fluctuations and pulses of tropical cyclones and tropical waves. Dunion will also help coordinate Global Hawk missions with NOAA's G-IV jet and P-3 Orion hurricane hunter aircraft.
Dunion specializes in satellite remote sensing of hurricanes and has led the development of several new satellite products for monitoring tropical cyclones and Saharan dust storms. He has acted as chief scientist on several Hurricane Hunter research missions using NOAA's high altitude jet and P-3 Orions and has flown on over 50 hurricane hunter flights. He also has served as Director of the Hurricane Research Division's Field Program.
Jason Dunion earned his Bachelor's degree from the University of New Hampshire in geography and geology in 1992. For the next four years, he worked as a supported living coordinator in both Connecticut and Miami, Fla. while also completing his graduate school pre-requisite courses. His supporting living work involved helping people with developmental disabilities to transition out of facilities and group homes and live independently in the community. After finishing his graduate school pre-requisite courses, he attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned his Masters degree in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science in 1999. He is currently working on his Ph.D. at the University at Albany-State University of New York.