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Shyh Chen

Shyh-Chin Chen

Research Meteorologist
4955 Canyon Crest Drive
Riverside
California
United States
92507

Phone: 951-680-1554
Fax: 951-680-1501
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Current Research

My work focuses on fire danger prediction, with a goal of mitigating the seasonal wildfires threat posed to lives, properties, and landscapes in California's highly populated and fire-prone regions.

Current projects include:

Research Interests

Developing fire danger forecasts using meteorological weather and climate models. Such applications are critical to wildland fire managements. I also study largescale weather patterns, which help to explain regional variations in climate.

Why This Research is Important

In California, we live in a highly blended urban and wildland area. We need an efficient wildland fire management system to protect our valuable community properties and lives as well as our precious natural resources. My research aims to implement such system.

Education

  • University of Illinois, Ph.D. Atmospheric Sciences 1987

Professional Experience

  • Research Meteorologist, Pacific Southwest Research Station, USDA
    2004 - Current
  • Associate Director, Experimental Climate Prediction Center, Scripps Institution of Oceanography/University of California, San Diego
    1996 - 2003
  • Associate Research Meteorologist, Scripps Institution of Oceanography/University of California, San Diego
    1995 - 2003
  • Assistant Research Meteorologist, Scripps Institution of Oceanography/University of California, San Diego
    1989 - 1995
  • Postgraduate Research Meteorologist, Scripps Institution of Oceanography/University of California, San Diego
    1987 - 1989
  • Visiting Scientist, National Center for Atmospheric Research
    1986 - 1987

Awards & Recognition

  • Orson-Anderson Scholar, Los Alamos National Laboratory, 1991, 2020
    For outstanding climate research
  • NCAR Outstanding Publications Award Nominee, 1988
    For two 1988 publications (J. Atmos. Sci., 45, 658-680 and J. Atmos. Sci., 45, 682-704)

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Publications

Research Highlights

HighlightTitleYear


PSW-2014-099
FireBusting Weather Forecasts

FireBuster is a new web tool to produce timely, detailed 72-hour high-resolution forecasts of fire weather in mountainous areas over Southern Ca ...

2014


PSW-2011-11
Long Range Prediction for Fire Danger and Fire Severity

Predicting the influence of weather on fire ignition and spread is an operational requirement for national fire planning by the National Interag ...

2011


Last updated on : 07/01/2020