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Meet Dr. Jeffrey Halverson: Severe Weather Meteorologist
03.28.06
 
Photo of Dr. Jeffrey HalversonDr. Halverson has traveled the world's tropical latitudes to better understand how intense storms of rain and wind develop and intensify. He has spent months in Brazil, Australia, the South China Sea, Costa Rica, the Marshall Islands and various locations in the Caribbean studying tropical weather systems. Dr. Halverson's research examines the atmospheric factors that cause hurricanes to rapidly change intensity. In 2001, he helped pioneer a new atmospheric measuring system that became the first to take direct measurements in the eye of a mature hurricane from an altitude of 70,000 feet.

Dr. Jeffrey Halverson is currently the Associate Director-Academics at the Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology (JCET) and also Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). He worked previously in scientific research at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. He also worked at NASA Headquarters, where he helped manage NASA's Tropical Cloud Systems and Processes (TCSP) experiment that occurred in the summer of 2005 to study the birth of hurricanes. Dr. Halverson currently writes a monthly column on severe and unusual weather for Weatherwise Magazine, has authored more than 25 professional papers and has appeared in hurricane specials on The Discovery Channel and NOVA.