David Rahn

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Geography and Atmospheric Science
Assistant Professor
Primary office:
Lindley Hall
Room 201
University of Kansas
1475 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045-7613

Atmospheric science, mesoscale and synoptic meteorology.  Research on coastal low-level jets, coastally trapped wind reversals, and the marine atmospheric boundary layer.


My research areas reflect my interest in mesoscale features including low-level jets, coastally trapped wind reversals, and coastal lows. I also investigate the synoptic and large scale influences on the lower atmosphere with special attention to the response of the marine atmospheric boundary layer. These topics are explored through observations (including several field campaigns that involved aircraft and radiosonde measurements) in conjunction with numerical simulations.

Selected Publications

Scaff, L., Rutllant, J. A., Rahn, D. A., Rondanelli, R., & Gascoin, S. (in press). Meteorological Interpretation of Orographic Precipitation Gradients along an Andes West Slope Basin at 30ºS (Elqui Valley, Chile). J. Hydrometeor.

Parish, T. R., Rahn, D. A., & Leon, D. (2016). Aircraft Measurements and Numerical Simulations of an Expansion Fan off the California Coast. J. Applied Meteor. Clim., 55(9), 2053-2062. DOI:10.1175/JAMC-D-16-0101.1

Rahn, D. A., & Mitchell, C. J. (2016). Diurnal climatology of the boundary layer in southern California using AMDAR Temperature and Wind Profiles. J. Applied Meteor. Clim., 55, 1123-1137.

Rahn, D. A., Parish, T. R., & Leon, D. (2016). Observations of large wind shear above the marine boundary layer near Point Buchon, CA. J. Atmos. Sci., 73, 3059-3077.

Parish, T. R., Rahn, D. A., & Leon, D. (2016). Research Aircraft Determination of D-value Cross-Sections. J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol., 33, 391-396. DOI:10.1175/JTECH-D-15-0173.1

Parish, T. R., Rahn, D. A., & Leon, D. (2015). Aircraft Observations and Numerical Simulations of the Developing Stage of a Southerly Surge near Southern California. Mon. Wea. Rev., 143, 4883-4903.

Liu, W., Li, X., & Rahn, D. A. (2015). Storm event representation and analysis based on a directed spatiotemporal graph model. Int. J. Geogr. Inf. Sci., doi:10.1080/13658816.2015.1081910.

Rahn, D. A., Rosenbluth, B., & Rutllant, J. A. (2015). Detecting subtle seasonal transitions in upwelling in central Chile. Journal of Physical Oceanography, 45, 854-867.

Rahn, D. A., & Garreaud, R. D. (2014). A synoptic climatology of the near-surface wind along the west coast of South America: SURFACE WIND SYNOPTIC CLIMATOLOGY ALONG THE SOUTH AMERICAN WEST COAST . International Journal of Climatology, 34(3), 780-792. DOI:10.1002/JOC.3724

Parish, T. R., Rahn, D. A., & Leon, D. (2014). Aircraft Observations of the Marine Boundary Layer Adjustment near Point Arguello, CA. J. Applied Meteor. Clim., 53, 970-989.

Rahn, D. A., Parish, T. R., & Leon, D. (2014). Coastal jet adjustment near Point Conception, CA with opposing wind in the bight. Monthly Weather Review, 142, 1344-1360.

Rahn, D. A., Parish, T. R., & Leon, D. (2013). Airborne measurements of coastal jet transition around Point Conception, CA. J. Applied Meteor. Clim., 141, 3827-3839.

Parish, T. R., Rahn, D. A., & Leon, D. (2013). Airborne Observations of a Catalina Eddy. Monthly Weather Review, 141, 3300-3313.

Rahn, D. A. (2013). Observations of the marine boundary layer under a cutoff low over the southeast Pacific Ocean. Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics [01777971], 123(2-Jan), 1-15. DOI:10.1007/s00703-013-0292-2

Selected Presentations

Selected Grants

Rahn, David A., (Principal), Collaborative Research: Lidar and Modeling Applications from the Precision Atmospheric Marine Boundary Layer Experiment (PreAMBLE) Dataset, AGS-1439515, National Science Foundation - Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (AGS), $71,616, Submitted 03/03/2014 (02/15/2015 - 01/31/2017) . Federal. Status: Funded.

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