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Andrew Ballinger joined NCICS as a Postdoctoral Scholar in July 2016, as a part of the Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network (UREx SRN). In this collaborative role, he seeks to draw upon his background in weather observation and climate modeling in order to help urban communities build resilience to high-impact weather events.
Andrew received his undergraduate degree in mathematics and atmospheric science from Monash University in Australia, where he worked on a project that employed radar data and storm cell tracking to better understand the vertical distribution of convection during the active/break periods of the Australian monsoon. After moving to the United States, Andrew received his Master of Science in meteorology from the University of Oklahoma, studying the ablation of meteor trails over northern Sweden in order to better understand the temperature structure of the middle atmosphere.
Andrew completed his doctoral studies at Princeton University, collaborating with researchers at NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) to study the climatology of tropical cyclones in high-resolution global climate models. In particular, his research probed the sensitivity of simulated tropical cyclone activity in an idealized environment to imposed changes in the large-scale temperature gradient.
Dr. Ballinger has also worked as a research scientist for the Queensland Climate Change Centre of Excellence (QCCCE) in Australia, analyzing and communicating projected changes in the prevalence of drought and other climate extremes.