Kelly Kochanski

  • Program Year: 4
  • Academic Institution: University of Colorado
  • Field of Study: Earth Surface Processes
  • Academic Advisor: Robert Anderson and Gregory Tucker
  • Practicum(s):
    Los Alamos National Laboratory (2017)
    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (2018)
  • Degree(s):
    B.S. Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, and B.S. Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2015
  • Personal URL: http://kochanski.org/kelly

Summary of Research

Wind-blown snow forms ripples, dunes, and waves. These features are called bedforms. They are a beautiful example of self-organization in nature. They cover ridges on mountains and ice sheets on Antarctica. My current research aims to model the formation and evolution of snow bedforms.

My long-term research goal is to develop computational tools for water resources research, and to improve our predictions of the way that water resources respond to environmental change.

Publications

---Articles---
Kochanski, K, D Mohan, J Horrall, B Rountree, G Abdulla (2019). "Deep learning predictions of sand dune migration". Climate Change workshop, NeurIPS.
Kochanski, K, G-C Defazio, R Barnes, C Downie, A Rubin, B Rountree (2019). "Rescal-snow: A model of dunes and snow-waves". Journal of Open Source Software.
Kochanski, K, G Tucker, R Anderson (2019). "The evolution of snow bedforms in the Colorado Front Range". The Cryosphere 13 1267-1281.
Kochanski, K, R Anderson, G Tucker (2018). "Statistical classification of self-organized snow surfaces". Geophysical Research Letters 45(13).
IJzermans, RHA, A Thyagarajan, V Ramohalli Gopala, BWH van Beest, JMVA Koelman, PK Pan, KA Kochanski, BD Jones, JR Williams. "Simulating the impact of extreme sea waves on offshore structures with SPH". SPHERIC International Workshop, 8-1 (2015).

---White papers---
K Kochanski (2019). "Climate Prediction" in "Tackling climate change with machine learning" by D Rolnick, P Donti, L Kaack, K Kochanski et al. https://arxiv.org/abs/1906.05433

---Invited Talks---
2) Kochanski, K (Jan 2018). "Bedforms and Blizzards". Seminar for CU-Boulder Ice Sheets and Climate group, Boulder, CO.
1) Kochanski, K (Jul 2017). "The thermal conductivity of snow". Seminar for Coast, Ocean and Sea Ice Modeling group, Los Alamos, NM.

Awards

Fellowships:
2016 - DOE Computational Sciences Graduate Fellowship.
2016 - NSF GRFP and NDSEG Fellowships (both declined).
2015 - University of Colorado Chancellor's Fellowship.

Research funding:
2018 - Cryosphere Innovation Award, American Geophysical Union.
2017 - Geological Society of America Research Grant.
2016 - University of Colorado Dept. Geology Patterson Award.
2016 - Colorado Scientific Society Memorial Fund Award.
2016 - American Alpine Club Research Grant.

Honors:
2018 - Quora Top Writer (2017 & 2018). 5k followers, 3m views.
2017 - 'Best Student Presentation' from the Colorado Scientific Society.
2015 - MIT Suzanne Berger Award for Future Global Leaders.
2014 - MIT Burchard Scholar for distinguished students in the humanities.
2011 - International Baccalaureate, 45/45 points.