Dr. Corene J. Matyas
Areas of Specialization
- Tropical Climatology
- Natural Hazards
PhD -- Geography, Pennsylvania State University, 2005
MA -- Geography, Arizona State University, 2001
BS -- Environmental Geoscience, Clarion University of PA, 1999
GEO2242 Extreme Weather (Fall)
- GEO3250/6255 Climatology (Spring)
- MET3503/5504 Weather and Forecasting (Spring)
- MET4532/6530 Hurricanes (Fall)
Atmospheric Data Analysis (Fall)
- MET4765/6765 Atmospheric Teleconnections (First offering Fall 2013)
- Matyas, C.J. 2013. Processes influencing rain field growth and
decay after tropical cyclone landfall in the U.S. Journal of Applied
Meteorology and Climatology,
52, 1085-1096, DOI:10.1175/JAMC-D-12-0153.
J., Matyas, C.J., Srinivasan, S., Cahyunto, I., Thapa, B.,
Pennington-Gray, L. 2013. Cognitive and affective responses
of Florida tourists after exposure to hurricane warning messages. Natural Hazards, DOI: 10.1007/s11069-012-0119-3.
- Matyas, C.J., Silva,
J.A. 2013. Extreme weather and economic well-being in rural Mozambique. Natural Hazards, DOI: 10.1007/s11069-011-0064-6.
- Ash, K.D., Matyas, C.J. 2012. The influences of ENSO
and the Subtropical Indian Ocean Dipole on tropical cyclone trajectories in
the South Indian Ocean. International Journal of Climatology, 32:1, 41-56, DOI: 10.1002/joc.2249.
- Matyas, C.J., Srinivasan, S., Cahyunto, I.,
Thapa, B., Pennington-Gray, L, Villegas, J. 2011. Risk perception and
evacuation decisions of Florida tourists under hurricane threats: A stated
preference analysis, Natural Hazards,
59:2, 871-890. DOI: 10.1007/s11069-011-9801-0.
- Thompson, B.K, Escobedo, F.J., Staudhammer,
C.L., Matyas, C.J., Qiu, Y. 2011. A model of hurricane-caused tree debris in
Houston, Texas. Landscape and Urban Planning, 101:3, 286-297. DOI:10.1016/j.landurbplan.2011.02.034.
- Matyas, C.J. 2010. Locating
convection in landfalling tropical cyclones: A GIS- based analysis of radar reflectivities and
comparison to lightning-based observations. Physical
Geography, 31:5, 385-406.
- Matyas, C. J. 2010. Use of ground-based radar for climate-scale studies of weather and rainfall, Geography Compass, 4:9, 1218-1237.
S., Buker, M.L., Matyas, C.J., Rohli, R.V. 2010. Assessing links between
upper atmospheric vorticity patterns and directional changes in hurricane
tracks. Theoretical and Applied
Climatology, 102, 379-392. DOI:
C.J. 2010. Associations
between the size of hurricane rain fields at landfall and their surrounding environments. Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics, 106,
135-148. DOI 10.1007/s00703-009-0056-1.
C.J. 2010. A
geospatial analysis of convective rainfall regions within tropical cyclones after landfall. International Journal of Applied Geospatial
Research, 1:2, 71-91.
C.J. and Carleton, A.M. 2010. Surface radar-derived convective
rainfall associations with Midwest U.S. land surface
conditions in summers 1999 and 2000, Theoretical
and Applied Climatology, 93:3, 315-330. DOI: 10.1007/s00704-009-0144-7.
- Matyas, C.J. and Cartaya, M.
2009. Comparing the rainfall patterns produced by Hurricanes Frances (2004) and Jeanne (2004) over Florida. Southeastern Geographer 49:2, 132-156.
- Matyas, C.J. 2009. A spatial analysis of radar reflectivity regions within Hurricane Charley (2004), Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 48:1, 130-142.
C.J. 2008. Shape measures of rain shields as indicators of
changing environmental conditions in a landfalling tropical storm. Meteorological Applications, 15:2, 259-271.
C.J. 2007. Quantifying the shapes of U.S. landfalling tropical cyclone rain
shields. The Professional Geographer,
Graduate Students Currently Supervised
Ian Comstock, Ph.D. (Fall 2011)
analysis of the spatial extent and duration of tropical cyclone
rainfall over land
Hernandez - Ayala, Ph.D. (Fall 2012)
analysis of rainfall over Puerto Rico
- Jingyin Tang, Ph.D. (Fall 2012)
modeling of tropical cyclones at landfall using Level II
- Stephanie Zick, Ph.D. (Fall 2012)
- Conditions associated with rainfall production in tropical cyclones
- Yao Zhou, Ph.D. (Fall 2012)
- GIS analysis of hazards associated with tropical cyclones
- Weiyu (Amy) Kong, M.S. (Fall 2011)
cyclones and ENSO
- Qiao (Doris) Guo, M.S. (Fall 2012)
- Modeling of tropical cyclone environments
In My Own Words
the age of 4, I realized that one cannot hide from severe weather
events. Consequently, I vowed to learn everything that I could about
hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and other natural disasters because I
wanted to be prepared when severe weather struck. Throughout my
education as a scientist, I have maintained in interest in art, and the
combination of these two pursuits led me to my thesis work where I
examined the shapes of "rainprints" produced when convective
thunderstorms moved through the region around Phoenix, Arizona during
the monsoon season. For my dissertation work, I investigated how best
to quantify the shapes of tropical cyclone rain shields. Many physical
mechanisms affect rain production in these storms, such as topography,
interaction with middle latitude weather systems, and atmospheric
moisture. My doctoral research laid the groundwork for attributing
changes in the rain shield shapes to these physical mechanisms, as well
as explored a new set of methods for examining tropical cyclone
rainfall patterns by using a GIS to spatially analyze base reflectivity
data for these storms. With funding from a National Science Foundation
CAREER Award, I seek to quantify how tropical cyclone rain shield
shapes change over the life span of the storm, with a particular
emphasis on the effects of landfall.
primary research involves the GIS-based analysis of rainfall from tropical
cyclones. I am interested in other severe weather events as well. I am also
currently pursuing research on social and behavioral responses to natural
hazards. I seek to mentor students who would
like to examine severe weather events, atmospheric teleconnections, or rainfall,
and who have GIS and/or remote sensing skills. I look forward to serving on
students working in fields related to natural hazards, utilizing weather and
climate-related data such as wind, rainfall, temperature trends, etc., examining
atmospheric teleconnections and their influence on weather and climate, and
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