Stephanie E. Zick
- Tropical meteorology
- Tropical cyclones
- Numerical weather prediction
- Model forecast verification
I am an assistant professor and a core faculty member for the department’s B.S. meteorology program. In my research, I use spatial methods to better understand tropical cyclone (TC) dynamics and structure. Specifically, I harness the intimate link between the anatomy of a hurricane and its physiology, or the physical mechanisms that fuel the storm. I am particularly interested in using this framework to investigate 1) how these storms interact with the large-scale environment and 2) the evolution of precipitation prior to and during landfall. In this work, I feel very privileged that I get to share my enthusiasm for discovering the mysteries of the natural world with colleagues, students, and fellow weather enthusiasts.
Courses Recently Taught:
- Introduction to Meteorology (GEOG 1514)
- Synoptic Meteorology (GEOG 4504)
- Physical Meteorology (GEOG 4524)
- Tropical Meteorology (GEOG 4514)
- Undergraduate Research: Applied Atmospheric (MTRG 4994)
Zick, S. E., 2020: Quantifying Extreme Precipitation Forecasting Skill in High-Resolution Models Using Spatial Patterns: A Case Study of the 2016 and 2018 Ellicott City Floods, Atmosphere, 11, doi: 10.3390/atmos11020136.
Kirkland, J.*, and S. E. Zick, 2019: Regional Differences in the Spatial Patterns of North Atlantic Tropical Cyclone Rainbands Through Landfall. Southeastern Geographer, 59, 294-320, doi: 10.1353/sgo.2019.0023.
Matyas, C. J., S. E. Zick, and J. Tang, 2018: Using an Object-Based Approach to Quantify the Spatial Structure of Reflectivity Regions in Hurricane Isabel (2003). Part I: Comparisons between Radar Observations and Model Simulations. Monthly Weather Review, 146, 1319–1340, doi: 10.1175/MWR-D-17-0077.1.
Zick, S. E., and C. J. Matyas, 2016: A Shape Metric Methodology for Studying the Evolving Geometries of Synoptic-Scale Precipitation in Tropical Cyclones, Annals of the American Association of Geographers, doi: 10.1080/24694452.2016.1206460.
Zick, S. E., and C. J. Matyas, 2015: Tropical Cyclones in the North American Regional Reanalysis: The Impact of Satellite-derived Precipitation Over-Ocean, Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, 120, doi: 10.1002/2015JD023722.
Zick, S. E., and C. J. Matyas, 2015: Tropical Cyclones in the North American Regional Reanalysis: An Assessment of Spatial Biases in Location, Intensity, and Structure. Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, 120: 1651–1669. doi: 10.1002/2014JD022417.
National Science Foundation
2022-2023. S. Zick (PI), C. Ramseyer (Co-PI). Physical and Dynamical Meteorology (PDM) Program. REU Supplement to “Collaborative Research: An Object-Oriented Approach to Assess the Rainfall Evolution of Tropical Cyclones in Varying Moisture Environments”. AGS-2011981. $19,778.
National Science Foundation
2020-2023. S. Zick (PI). Physical and Dynamical Meteorology (PDM) Program. Collaborative Research: An Object-Oriented Approach to Assess the Rainfall Evolution of Tropical Cyclones in Varying Moisture Environments. AGS-2011981. $185,677.
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
2019-2020. A. Ellis (PI), S. Keighton (Co-PI), S. Zick (Co-PI). Skill Analysis of Contemporary Operational Model Forecasts of Mixed-Precipitation Events: Guidance for the National Weather Service in the Mid-Atlantic Region. $14,825.
Society of Women Geographers
2015-2016. C. Matyas (PI), S. Zick (Co-PI). Pruitt Dissertation Fellowship: Geometric Analysis of Moisture Budgets and Precipitation Structures in U.S. Landfalling Hurricanes. $8,479.