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 Expert  729882

Expert in Meteorological Hazards, Risk Analysis, and Urban Weather Disasters

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Minnesota (MN)
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Summary of Expertise:

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Expert is a weather hazards specialist and consulting climatologist with professional and research interests in high-impact weather events. He has published peer reviewed articles, book chapters, and scholarly comments, and given formal scientific presentations on extreme rainfall return periods (for example, 100-year storms), high-impact convective weather events in urban areas, the frequency of tornadoes in major central business districts, return periods for heavy snowstorms, and transition-season "super cyclones" that produce blizzards in the northern US and tornadoes in the South. He was a participating scientist on a multi-year, multi-agency research project assessing the impacts of climate change on Minnesota's aquatic resources.

Much of Expert's work has been oriented toward risk reduction and long-term planning capacities of municipal, metropolitan and regional entities, and he has worked with officials at all levels-- private, public, and local through federal. His work has also been utilized by civil engineers, large corporations, and community organizations. He regularly teaches university-level courses in meteorology, natural hazards, numerical spatial analysis, and other introductory and advanced geographical topics.

Expert's research combines publicly-available data and historical resources with statistical and mapping techniques to create cutting edge, entity-specific weather hazard projections and scenarios. His unique approach to risk analysis has helped many entities plan for "probable worst-case scenarios," which he defines as events that may be expected once or twice in a 40-year career. These sorts of events can be incapacitating, but by orienting corporations and agencies toward their likelihood, detailed action plans that drastically reduce total losses can be developed.

Expert is a sought-after, engaging, and often humorous public speaker who has given numerous invited presentations and keynote addresses in a variety of venues, on topics spanning the spectrum of his expertise. He developed and facilitated a comprehensive, federally-sponsored emergency planning exercise involving 75 interested parties and has served as advisor to the Weather and Society program at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. He is regularly involved in numerous educational and outreach activities aimed at improving resiliency to weather-related hazards. Given the serious nature of his research expertise, Expert has developed techniques to keep clients positive, and focused on best-possible outcomes, which is the ultimate goal of his applied work.

Expert is a member of the American Meteorological Society, the Association of American Geographers, and is a Skywarn severe weather spotter.


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severe weather

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Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Minneapolis, Minnesota;  Saint Paul, Minnesota;  Rochester, Minnesota;  Burnsville, Minnesota;  Saint Cloud, Minnesota;  Eden Prairie, Minnesota;  Minnetonka, Minnesota;  and Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
2008   Ph. D   Geography/Climatology   University of Minnesota  
2005   MA   Geography/Climatology   University of Minnesota  
2001   BS   Geography   University of Minnesota  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2009 to


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Consultant, sole proprietor


Provides unique, tailored, weather hazards consulting for businesses, local and regional governments, and for emergency preparedness organizations. Fuses up-to-date research with innovative techniques to help entities prepare for rare, yet inevitable weather hazards. Designed comprehensive Situation Manual and tabletop exercise for a regional tornado disaster as part of FEMA/DHS National Exercise Program.

2002 to


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Research Associate (Research Assistant 2002-2008))


Conducts formal research into high-impact weather hazards, including tornadoes, severe convective storms, extreme rainfall, blizzards, and climate change.

2008 to 2011


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Visiting Assistant Professor


Taught both advanced and introductory courses in meteorology, spatial analysis, geographic inquiry, and biogeography

2010 to


(Undisclosed University)


(Expert's Firm)


Community faculty


Adjunct Professor of meteorology

Career Accomplishments:

American Meteorological Society, Association of American Geographers

Publications and Patents Summary

Has eight publications and 13 scientific presentations; continues to do research and publish.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Journal of Applied Geography  
 - Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology  
 - Expert's Firm  

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • He was subject matter expert for a National Exercise Program overseen by FEMA/DHS, and serving over 75 emergency managers and agencies. He developed a simulation of a plausible tornado outbreak, including detailed maps, timelines, and likely impacts.
  • Presented frequency estimates of significant and catastrophic convective weather events for the Metropolitan Emergency Managers' Association.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on Rainfall in Scotland.
  • Expert for consulting on Natural Disasters.
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Expert Witness:
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Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
Spanish   He can understand most conversations but has limited spaeking abilities; becomes functional after one week of immersion.

Additional Skills and Services:

Creates on-demand weather hazard, weather safety, weather observation, and information-gathering seminars for entire organizations, tailored to their unique needs based on resources, locations, reasonable threats, and vulnerable assets.

Has trained organizations on severe weather "spotting" techniques.

Other Skills and Services

Has training in GIS and cartography, and frequently creates maps for clients.


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