January 22, 2015 – Colorado State University Ph.D. students David Henderson and Veljko Petkovic each received Outstanding Student Presentation: Joint Satellite Program awards at the 95th Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society held in Phoenix, Arizona earlier this month. Presentations focused on describing new concepts, research, operations, and practical application of satellite measurements for analyzing and predicting the weather, the ocean, the climate, and the environment.
David’s research, entitled “Investigating the Effect of ENSO Upon Oceanic Rainfall Estimates”, describes how anomalous shifts in passive oceanic rainfall intensity are linked to the level of organization in oceanic precipitating systems. Receiving this oral presentation award was especially gratifying for David, as he also won for the same topic, except in poster form, at the WCRP and EUMETSAT Climate Symposium in Darmstadt, Germany in October 2014.
Veljko’s research, entitled “Improving the Quality of Extreme Precipitation Estimates Using Satellite Passive Microwave Rainfall Retrievals”, looks for a deeper understanding of the influence of environmental conditions on defining the ice-to-rain ratio that provides a foundation for addressing biases seen in passive microwave rainfall retrievals globally. Veljko was honored earlier in 2014 with a NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) award.
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