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Dr. Tom Giambelluca is a professor in the Department of Geography at UH Mānoa specializing in climate, climate change, and ecohydrology. As the Principal Investigator of the project, he supervised all aspects of the work. He also headed the team that produced the original Rainfall Atlas of Hawaiʻi in 1986.
Dr. Qi Chen is an assistant professor in GIS, remote sensing, and spatial analysis in the Department of Geography at UH Mānoa. Co-Principal Investigator of the project, he developed and implemented the statistical framework for mapping rainfall by fusing rainfall gages, radar, PRISM, MM5, and vegetation analysis.
Abby is a graduate student studying climatology at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in the Department of Geography. She has a B.A. in Geography and a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Vermont. She developed the rainfall database, updated raingage station coordinates, produced final download products, and coordinated most aspects of the data compilation and analysis for this project.
Jon Price is an Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Hawaiʻi Hilo. Jon examines the biogeography of native Hawaiian plant species and communities to understand fundamental processes of dispersal, evolution, and community assembly in Hawaiʻi’s diverse vegetation landscape. For the Rainfall Atlas, he has developed a model quantitatively relating vegetation to climate in order to project annual rainfall in areas where climate records are sparse.
Yi-Leng Chen is a Professor of Meteorology at UH Mānoa, specializing in weather and climate over the Hawaiian Islands and adjacent waters from data analyses and numerical modeling. Yi-Leng led the work to develop mean estimated rainfall patterns derived from NEXRAD radar rainfall and MM5 mesoscale meteorological model estimates.
Khervin U. Cheng Chua
Khervin is an MSc candidate in the Department of Meteorology at UH Mānoa. His research interests include regional climate and weather modeling, air quality, multivariate statistics and trajectory-based analyses, and scientific web development and implementation. He performed quality checks and gap-filling for the historical high resolution model (MM5) results, and generated maps for monthly rainfall accumulation derived from high resolution model archives.
Chuan-Chi (Beth) Tu
Beth is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Meteorology at UH Mānoa, specializing in using numerical weather model and satellite radar to study orographic effects on heavy rainfall and flooding events. For the Rainfall Atlas, she constructed maps of monthly rainfall accumulation derived from the Next Generation Weather Radar system (NEXRAD) Weather Surveillance Radar-1988 Doppler (WSR-88D) radars in the State of Hawaiʻi during 2004-2008.
Hiep Van Nguyen
Hiep is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Meteorology at UH Mānoa. His research interests include terrain effects on weather and climate over complex terrain areas, high-wind and heavy-rainfall events, regional climate, hurricane dynamics, hurricane track and intensity forecasts, and TC initialization for hurricane models. He performed long-term high resolution model simulation on rainfall using the Fifth-Generation NCAR / Penn State Mesoscale Model (MM5) for the Rainfall Atlas project.
Jon Eischeid is a Senior Research Assistant with the University of Colorado’s Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder, CO. He holds a Master’s degree in Geography from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and has been with NOAA/CIRES for more than 20 years. He helped in compiling and quality control of the rainfall database for this project.
Dr. Donna Delparte is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. Her area of research is GIS, remote sensing, terrain analysis and geo-visualization. In her role as co-Lead for the EPSCoR Hawaiʻi Cyberinfrastructure team and newly created Hawaiʻi Geospatial Data Repository she supervised and aided in the development of the web-based mapping application for the Rainfall Atlas.
Michael Best is a software developer for the EPSCoR Hawaiʻi Cyberinfrastructure team at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. He has a B.S. in Computer Science from North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC. Michael designed and built the Rainfall Atlas web application.
Kohei Miyagi is a cyberinfrastructure technician for the Hawaiʻi Geospatial Data Repository of the EPSCoR Hawaiʻi. He has a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. He manages web, database, and GIS servers that host the Rainfall Atlas of Hawaiʻi.
Pao-Shin Chu is a professor of Meteorology at the UH-Mānoa with research focusing on climate variability in Hawaiʻi and extreme events (e.g., heavy rainfall and tropical cyclones) in a changing climate. He is also the Hawaiʻi State Climatologist and runs the Hawaiʻi State Climate Office which provides climate data and information to users. During this project he worked with his assistant, Sean Newsome, who compiled, digitized, and updated the historical rainfall database in Hawaiʻi.
Kevin is a Senior Service Hydrologist at the National Weather Service’s Honolulu Forecast Office. He has a B.S. in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington and an M.S. in Meteorology from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Kevin assisted with data collection and the validation of results.
Henry F. Diaz is a Senior Research Scientist with the University of Colorado’s Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder, CO. His research has focused on climate variability and climate change and he assisted with the evaluation and some preliminary analysis of the rainfall products.
Dr. Christopher Daly is Professor and Director of the PRISM Climate Group at Oregon State University. His gridded dataset of long-term mean monthly precipitation for Hawaiʻi was an important source of data for the Rainfall Atlas of Hawaiʻi.
Tom Schroeder is a Professor of Meteorology and Director of the Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research. Tom put his extensive expertise to work in drawing the isohyets in the original Rainfall Atlas of Hawaiʻi and served as an advisor in the development of the 2011 Atlas.
Mike Nullet is a climate data analysis and network engineer in the Geography Department, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Mike was one of the authors of the original Rainfall Atlas of Hawaiʻi, and assisted with data compilation and analysis for the 2011 version.