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Benson receives summer fellowship

Updated: Apr 3

February 2021: PhD student David Benson has received a summer research Fellowship from the GMU Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for 2021. David is in the midst of his dissertation research, entitled “The Role of Land-Atmosphere Interactions in the Improvement of Heatwave Prediction.” He has published one observational and ERA5 reanalysis-based research paper on the characterization of the relationship between temperature and soil moisture extremes in the exacerbation of heatwaves over the United States (Benson & Dirmeyer 2021). The remainder of his proposed work is an assessment of SubX model retrospective forecast suites to determine if they exhibit the same relationships and spatial patterns apparent in observations, and whether the models' heatwave forecast skill (or lack thereof) can be attributed to each models’ process linkages between soil moisture, surface fluxes and near-surface air temperature.

College of Science news article.

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