Adams-Selin, Rebecca

Adjunct Professor

Dr. Adams-Selin’s research interests include microphysical impacts on convection, convective gravity waves, and hail modeling prediction. Dr. Adams-Selin leads a Department of Energy Atmospheric Science Research program project along with Dr. Clark Evans of Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee exploring how latent heat released in Mesoscale Convective Systems (MCSs) leads to both convective gravity waves and mid-level vortices, and how the combination of these processes controls the characteristics of MCS stratiform precipitation regions. For this project they are using observations from the Mid-latitude Continental Convective Clouds Experiment (MC3E) and from the Plains Elevated Convection at Night (PECAN) field campaigns combined with high-resolution Large Eddy Scale simulation techniques. Dr. Adams-Selin conducted original work examining gravity wave impacts on the environment in advance of MCSs observed in idealized simulations (Adams-Selin 2020a,b) and with PECAN field campaign data (Groff et al. 2021). Dr. Adams-Selin also led the creation of CAM-HAILCAST, a pseudo-Lagrangian hail model designed to be embedded in a convection allowing model (CAM), in conjunction with Dr. Conrad Zielger of the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL).