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Joshua Wadler
About me

I started my PhD program in 2016 in Meteorology and Physical Oceanography (MPO) at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) as a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellow. I am working in Dr. Nick Shay's Upper Ocean Dynamics Lab. My research is based on understanding the time evolving dynamical and thermodynamical structure of tropical cyclones in order to help forecast their intensity change. My specific interests are in coupled air-sea interactions, boundary layer processes, and the hurricane response to vertical shear. The research for my PhD focuses on the thermodynamic characteristics of downdrafts and the boundary layer recovery process in tropical cyclones.

I did my undergraduate studies at the University of Oklahoma (OU), where I graduated summa cum laude in Meteorology and had minors in mathematics, physics, and computer science.

My Curriculum Vitae PDF
Link to my Google Scholar
Link to my Research Gate

7.Wadler, J.B., J.A. Zhang, R.F. Rogers, B. Jaimes, and L.K. Shay, 2020: The Rapid Intensification of Hurricane Michael (2018): Storm Structure and the Relationship to Environmental and Air-Sea Interactions; Mon. Wea. Rev., in prep

6.Jaimes B., L. K. Shay, J. B. Wadler, and J. E. Rudzin, 2020: On the hyperbolicity of the bulk air-sea heat flux formulae: A new perspective on the role of moisture disequilibrium in tropical cyclone intensification. Mon. Wea. Rev., in prep

5. Wadler, J.B., D.S. Nolan, J.A. Zhang, and L.K. Shay, 2020: The Thermodynamic Characteristics of Downdrafts in Tropical Cyclones Using Idealized Simulations of Different Intensities. J. Atmos. Sci., in review

4.Yifang, R., J.A. Zhang, J. L. Vigh, P. Zhu, H. Liu, and X. Wang, and J. B. Wadler, 2020: An Observational Study of the Symmetric Boundary Layer Structure and Tropical Cyclone Intensity; Atmosphere 11, no. 2: 158. link

3. Cione, J.J., G.H. Bryan, R. Dobosy, J.A. Zhang, G. de Boer, A. Aksoy, J.B. Wadler E.A. Kalina, B.A. Dahl, K. Ryan, J. Neuhaus, E. Dumas, F.D. Marks, A.M. Farber, T. Hock, and X. Chen, 2020: Eye of the Storm: Observing Hurricanes with a small Unmanned Aircraft System. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 101, E186-E205. link

2. Wadler, J.B., Jun A. Zhang, Benjamin Jaimes, and Lynn K. Shay, 2018: Downrafts and the Evolution of Boundary Layer Thermodynamics in Hurricane Earl (2010) Before and During Rapid Intensification. Mon.Wea.Rev., 146,3545-3565. link

1. Wadler, J.B., R.F. Rogers, and P.D. Reasor, 2018: The Relationship between Spatial Variations in the Structure of Convective Bursts and Tropical Cyclone Intensification as Determined by Airborne Doppler Radar. Mon.Wea.Rev., 146, 761-780. link

Contact Information
Joshua Wadler
Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
4600 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, FL 33149-1031

Email: jwadler@rsmas.miami.edu

Please feel free to contact me if you have questions about my research or interests in collaboration.

Hurricane Katrina

This image was taken in Hurricane Katrina's eye (not by me; obtained from NOAA Aircraft Operations Center) from the NOAA P3 aircraft. The P3 is a low altitude plane (~10,000 ft) that flies into tropical cyclones to get critical data for both real time analyses and future research. Much of my research stems from the data obtained from these aircraft. An image like this helps you imagnine all the mulitscale processes that go into the formation, strengthing, and eventual dissipation of hurricanes. Certainly, an image like this can motivate a lifetime of research.

With my PhD advisor's group, I have become involved with the Hurricane Field Program. My first chance to fly was in Hurricane Nate (2017). I was on two in-storm flights (171006H1 and 17007H1) and helped coordinate co-located dropsonde and AXBT launches to calculate air-sea enthalpy fluxes at a high spatial resolution. I was also on the pre-storm ocean survey, where our lab deployed approximately 50 ocean profilers. The left image is in-storm right before we entered the eyewall and the right image is me launching an ocean profiler via free fall during the pre-storm.

Nate 1 Nate 2

After helping to plan the early stage experiment for the 2019 hurricane season, I recieved the opportunity to implement those plans and fly into Hurricane Michael. I flew on two in-storm flights and two post-storm ocean surveys. On the first in-storm flight I was both the ocean scientist and dropsonde scientist. As such, I processed the dropsondes in real time on the plane and sent them to NHC. Some pictures and video I took from those missions are below. The video shows the transition from the eyewall to the eye when Michael just reached Category 4 intensity(I've found that the sound works best when this site is viewed on Chrome).

Michael 1
Michael 2

This website is maintained by Joshua Wadler,
under the support of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (Grant number DGE-1451511). Updated 1 May 2020.