Shaowen Amy Chen

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  • B.S. Atmospheric Sciences, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (2015-2017)
  • A.S. Meteorology, College of DuPage (2013-2015)
  • Certificate in Weather Hazards and Preparedness, College of DuPage (2013-2015)

Amy is a second year Master's student pursuing Master of Science in Atmospheric Sciences. Her Master thesis focuses on building a climatology of hail of Northern Argentina using TRMM satellite and its corresponded ERA-Interim reanalysis and surface ground observation as a part of the Remote sensing of Electrification, Lightning, And Mesoscale/microscale Processes with Adaptive Ground Observations (RELAMPAGO) field campaign under the guidance of Prof. Deanna Hence.

During Amy's undergraduate study, she conducted research with Prof. Francina Dominguez on the impact of climate change on the atmospheric rivers along U.S. West Coasts using Matlab to visualize the outputs of CMIP5. She was a SOARS protégé for 2016 and 2017 summers. She worked with scientist Amanda Anderson on the representation of mesoscale convective systems and localized intense thunderstorms in the Method for Object-based Diagnostic Evaluation – Time Domain (MODE-TD). And she worked with scientist Lulin Xue  to analyzed the microphysical properties of a simulated orographic cloud using the Weather Research and Forecasting Model as part of the Seeded and Natural Orographic Wintertime Clouds: The Idaho Experiment (SNOWIE) project.

Amy has a strong interest in learning the influence of climate change on severe and extreme weather events (such as distribution, frequency, and intensity) and the risk associated with this change. This led into her desire to explore the science policy field to better understand how government utilizes scientific knowledge to make (hopefully) good impact on citizen's daily life.  



Fun facts: Amy is from Taiwan & she enjoys ballroom dances!


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