David Mechem

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Geography and Atmospheric Science
Associate Professor
Primary office:
785-864-5707
Lindley Hall
Room 230
University of Kansas
1475 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045-7594


I am a professor in the Atmospheric Science Program located in the Department of Geography. My group and I conduct research on cloud microphysics and dynamics, mesoscale organization of cloud systems, and regional climate processes.

At KU, I teach the 2-semester undergraduate dynamic meteorology sequence, physical meteorology, and Severe and Unusual Weather. I also teach a graduate-level numerical modeling course.

Research

My research explores different manifestations of precipitating convection, ranging from drizzling boundary layer stratocumulus to deep, highly organized mesoscale convective systems. A common thread of interest between these phenomena is the concept of mesoscale organization and its role in promoting scale interactions, in particular how mesoscale and cloud-scale processes serve as upscale agents of change for the large-scale flow or cloud coverage. Guided by observational results, I employ large eddy simulation, cloud resolving models, and mesoscale models to investigate cloud system processes.


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