- Program Year: 2
- Academic Institution: Colorado State University
- Field of Study: Atmospheric Science
- Academic Advisor: Elizabeth Barnes
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (2018)
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (2019)
B.S. Civil Engineering, and B.S. Meteorology, University of Oklahoma, 2016
Summary of Research
Tropical atmospheric waves influence weather across the globe -- but pinpointing their origins and cross-scale interactions has proven difficult. A few key questions have arisen: How are deep convective clusters linked to tropical intraseasonal variability? Can we successfully simulate tropical intraseasonal oscillations down to the cloud-scale, or is the tropical atmosphere chaotic and indeterministic? Many tools can be used to answer these questions, although I am currently using cloud-resolving numerical weather models to simulate a specific type of tropical wave: the Madden-Julian Oscillation.
As I progress throughout my PhD, I will branch out from PDE-solving models and include machine learning and nonlinear dynamical analysis in my research.
Toms, B. A., K. Kashinath, Prabhat, and Da Yang: Using Deep Learning for Scientific Inference from Geospatial Data. In prep.
Toms, B. A., S. C. van den Heever, E. M. Riley Dellaripa, S. M. Saleeby, and E. D. Maloney: The Relationship Between the Boreal Summertime Madden-Julian Oscillation and Tropical Deep Convective Morphology. In prep.
Toms. B. A., E. A. Barnes, E. D. Maloney, and S. C. van den Heever: The Global Signature of the Madden-Julian Oscillation and its Modulation by the Quasi-Biennial Oscillation. In prep.
Toms, B. A., J. M. Tomaszewski, D. D. Turner, and S. E. Koch, 2017: Analysis of a lower-tropospheric gravity wave train using direct and indirect measurement systems. Mon. Wea. Rev., 145, 2791-2812, https://doi.org/10.1175/MWR-D-16-0216.1
Toms, B. A., J. B. Basara, and Y. Hong, 2017: Usage of existing meteorological data networks for parameterized road ice formation modeling. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 56, 1959-1976, https://doi.org/10.1175/JAMC-D-16-0199.1
(2017) DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship
(2016) American Meteorological Society Graduate Fellowship - Lockheed Martin Sponsorship
(2015) Astronaut Scholarship Foundation Scholar
(2015) American Meteorological Society Named Scholar - Orville Family Endowment
(2015) Barry M. Goldwater Scholar
(2014) National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Summer Undergraduate Fellow
(2017) Mark and Kandi McCasland Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Research Paper
(2016) Letzeiser Honorable Mention - OU's 13 Most Outstanding Men
(2016) Outstanding Senior in Civil Engineering - OU CEES
(2018) Outstanding Student Presentation; 33rd Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology
(2017) 1st Place Oral Presentation; 2017 AMS Meeting: 33rd Conf. on Environmental Information Processing Technologies
(2016) Outstanding Poster Presentation Honorable Mention; 3rd Conference on Atmospheric Biogeosciences
(2015) Best Student Presentation Award; 2015 AMS Meeting: 10th Symposium on Societal Applications
(2014) Best Undergraduate Oral Presentation; NWA 39th Annual Meeting