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Matt Fearon
Hourly Assistant Research Scientist

Professional Interests

Dr. Fearon’s research interests center on the interaction of mid-latitude and tropical weather systems. However, most recently, Matthew has examined the evolution of the atmospheric dynamics (at the synoptic and meso scales) that establish the precursor environment of the tropical storm, in particular, the avenue of low-level vorticity generation between coastal terrain rises and offshore vortex intensification. Use of numerical simulations, as from the Weather Research and Forecasting model, against atmospheric remote sensing data (e.g., Lidar backscatter, Scatterometer-winds, TRMM-Rainfall, Cloud-brightness temperature) and other observational measurements, have been the primary tools for the former investigation. Alongside research, Matthew has a sincere interest in teaching and mentoring students on many aspects of climate and meteorology. Other topics of interest include, but are not limited to: Examination of historical aspects and progress in atmospheric science; Development of science application tools and decision support systems integrating meteorological theory; Programming, analysis, and visualization on environmental datasets.

Research Areas

  • Synoptic Meteorology
  • Dynamic Meteorology
  • Mesoscale Meteorology
  • Tropical Meteorology
  • Numerical Modeling
  • History of Meteorology

Education

DegreeYearInstitutionArea
Ph.D.  2015 University of Nevada, RenoAtmospheric Science
M.S. 2000University of Nevada, RenoAtmospheric Science
B.S. 1998University of Massachusetts, LowellMeteorology

Professional Experience

DatesExperience
2011 – presentAssistant Research Scientist, Division of Atmospheric Sciences, DRI
2010 – 2011Hourly Research Scientist, Division of Atmospheric Sciences, DRI
2007 – 2010Research Scientist, Applied GeoSolutions LLC, Durham, NH
2002 – 2007Research Scientist, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
2000 – 2002Research Associate, Yale University, New Haven, CT
1998 – 2000Graduate Research Assistant, Division of Atmospheric Sciences, DRI
1997 – 1998Undergraduate Intern, Weather Services Corporation, Lexington, MA

Professional Memberships

  • American Meteorological Society
  • National Weather Association
  • Mount Washington Observatory

Keywords

mid-latitude meteorology, tropical meteorology, numerical weather modeling, weather and climate data analysis and visualization, history of meteorology

 

Publications
2019
Kochanski, A. K., Mallia, D. V., Fearon, M. G., Mandel, J., Souri, A. H., Brown, T. J. (2019). Modeling wildfire smoke feedback mechanisms using a coupled fire?atmosphere model with a radiatively active aerosol scheme, Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 124 (16), 9099-9116, 10.1029/2019JD030558
2018
Lewis, J. M., Phillips, J., Menzel, W. P., Vonder Haar, T. H., Moosmüller, H., House, F. B., Fearon, M. G. (2018). Verner Suomi: The Life and Work of the Founder of Satellite Meteorology, 168 pp.: American Meteorological Society
Brown, T. J., Fearon, M. G. (2018). Inversion Forecast Procedure. Annual Performance Report, 2 pp., April 2018.
Brown, T. J., Fearon, M. G. (2018). Superfog. Annual Performance Report, 2 pp., April 2018.
2017
Brown, T. J., Fearon, M. G. (2017). Inversion Forecast Procedure. Annual Performance Report, Submitted, 2 pp., April 2017.
2016
Brown, T. J., Mills, G., Harris, S., Podnar, D., Reinbold, H. J., Fearon, M. G. (2016). A bias corrected WRF mesoscale fire weather dataset for Victoria, Australia 1972-2012, Journal of Southern Hemisphere Earth Systems Science, 66 (3), 281-313
Brown, T. J., Mills, G., Harris, S., Podnar, D., Reinbold, H. J., Fearon, M. G. (2016). Fire Weather Climatology Dataset for Victoria – Supplemental Report for Dataset Version 2, 25 pp., Supplemental Report to the Victoria Department of Environment, Water, Land and Planning, June 2016.
Simeral, D. B., McCurdy, G. D., Redmond, K. T., Fearon, M. G., Sisson, E. L. (2016). Final Report & Recommendations for the Pacific Island Climate Monitoring Network, National Park Service, 1-78, Western Regional Climate Center
2015
Fearon, M. G., Brown, T. J., Curcio, G. M. (2015). Establishing a national standard for operational mixing height determination, J. Operational Meteor., 3 (15), 172-189
Kaplan, M. L., Fearon, M. G. (2015). Superstorm Sandy: An Example of Future Hybrid Tropical/Extratropical Storm Systems, 28 pp., Institute Project Assignment Final Report
Brown, T. J., Mills, G., Harris, S., Podnar, D., Reinbold, H. J., Fearon, M. G. (2015). Fire Weather Climatolology Dataset for Victoria, Final Project Report to the Victoria Department of Environment, Land and Water Planning: August 2015, 134 pp.
2012
Lewis, J. M., Fearon, M. G., Klieforth, H. E. (2012). Herbert Riehl: Intrepid and Enigmatic Scholar, Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 93 (7), 963-985
2011
Torbick, N., Salas, W., Xiao, X., Ingraham, P., Fearon, M. G., Biradar, C., Zhao, D., Liu, Y., Li, P., Zhao, Y. (2011). Integrating SAR and optical imagery for regional mapping of paddy rice attributes in the Poyang Lake Watershed, China, Can. J. Remote Sensing, 37, 17-26
2008
Ito, A., Penner, J. E., Prather, M. J., Campos, C., Houghton, R. A., Kato, T., Jain, A. K., Yang, X., Hurtt, G. C., Frolking, F., Fearon, M. G., Chini, L. P., Wang, A., Price, D. T. (2008). Can we reconcile differences in estimates of carbon fluxes from land-use change and forestry for the 1990s?, Atmos. Chem. Physics, 8, 1-19
2006
Hurtt, G. C., Frolking, S., Fearon, M. G., Moore, III, B., Shevliakova, E., Malyshev, S., Pacala, S., Houghton, R. A. (2006). The underpinnings of land-use history: three centuries of global gridded land-use transitions, wood harvest activity, and resulting secondary lands, Global Change Biology, 1-22, 12
2004
Hurtt, G. C., Dubayah, R., Drake, J. B., Moorcroft, P., Pacala, S. W., Blair, J. B., Fearon, M. G. (2004). Beyond potential vegetation: combining lidar data and a height structured ecosystem model for carbon studies, Ecolog. Appls., 873-883, 14 (3)
2003
Smith, R. B., Jiang, Q., Fearon, M. G., Tabary, P., Dorninger, M., Doyle, J. D., Benoit, R. (2003). Orographic precipitation and airmass transformation: An alpine example, Qtrly. J Royal Meteor. Soc., 129 (588), 433-454, Part B
Conference Proceedings
2018
Viegas, D. X. (Ed.) Kochanski, A., Mallia, D. V., Fearon, M. G., Brown, T. J., Mandel, J., Vaughan, J. K. (2018). Do we need weather prediction models to account for local weather modifications by wildland fires?, Advances in Forest Fire Research, 9 pp., VIII International Conference on Forest Fire Research, University of Coimbra Press: Coimbra, Portugal, November 9, 2018-November 16, 2018, Accepted.
Kochanski, A., Mallia, D. V., Mandel, J., Schranz, S., Fearon, M. G., Brown, T. J. (2018). Simulating Plume Rise, Dispersion and Radiative Smoke Impacts in a Coupled Fire-Atmosphere Framework, IAWF Fire Continuum Conference: Missoula, MT, May 21, 2018-May 25, 2018
Mallia, D. V., Kochanski, A. K., Fearon, M. G., Brown, T. J., Mandel, J. (2018). Does wildfire smoke impact local inversions?, American Meteorological Society 12th Fire and Forest Meteorology Symposium: Boise, ID, May 15, 2018-May 17, 2018
2016
Brown, T. J., Fearon, M. G., McCurdy, G. D. (2016). Assessing the Quality of Wind Observations Using a Regional Scale Model. American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting: New Orleans, LA, January 12, 2016
Brown, T. J., Mills, G., Harris, S., Podnar, D., Reinbold, H. J., Fearon, M. G. (2016). Utilizing hi-resolution gridded fire climate and danger data for risk assessment, Wildland Fire Canada 2016: Building Resilience: Kelowna, BC, Canada, October 24, 2016-October 28, 2016
Brown, T. J., Mills, G., Harris, S., Podnar, D., Reinbold, H. J., Fearon, M. G. (2016). Hi-resolution fire weather and climatology from dynamical downscaling. Invited seminar., Invited Seminar, San Jose State University: San Jose, CA, September 27, 2016
2015
Fearon, M. G., Brown, T. J. (2015). Establishing a national standard for operational mixing height determination, AMS 11th Symposium on Fire and Forest Meteorology: Minneapolis, MN, May 5, 2015
Harris, S., Mills, G., Brown, T. J., Podnar, D., Fearon, M. G., Reinbold, H. J. (2015). Victoria fire weather climatology dataset, Proceedings of the Research Forum at the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC & AFAC conference: Adelaide, Australia, September 1, 2015
Brown, T. J., Mills, G., Harris, S., Podnar, D., Fearon, M. G., Reinbold, H. J. (2015). Hi-resolution fire weather and climatology from dynamical downscaling, ICBFR: Alhero, Italy, May 28, 2015
Brown, T. J., Mills, G., Harris, S., Podnar, D., Fearon, M. G., Reinbold, H. J. (2015). Hi-resolution fire weather and climatology from dynamical downscaling, American Meteorological Society 11th Fire and Forest Meteorology Symposium: Minneapolis, MN, May 6, 2015
Brown, T. J., Mills, G., Harris, S., Podnar, D., Fearon, M. G., Reinbold, H. J. (2015). Hi-resolution fire weather and climatology from dynamical downscaling, Seminar presentation School of Earth Atmosphere and Environment, Faculty of Science, Monash University: Clayton, Victoria, March 27, 2015
Brown, T. J., Mills, G., Harris, S., Podnar, D., Fearon, M. G., Reinbold, H. J. (2015). Finally, A 40-year mesoscale gridded fire climatology for Victoria, Project briefing for the Victoria Department of Environment and Primary Industries, April 7, 2015
Tilley, J. S., Huggins, A. W., Layman, L. R., Fearon, M. G., David, R. O., McDonough, F. (2015). Trace Chemical Analysis of Water and Soil during the WWMPP: Results and Implies Environmental Impacts, 20th Conference on Planned and Inadvertent Weather Modification: Phoenix, AZ, January 4, 2015
2014
Fearon, M. G., Kaplan, M. L. (2014). Diagnosing the tropical-extratropical pre-superstorm environment over the Northern Hemisphere, 94th AMS Annual Meeting: Atlanta, GA, February 2, 2014
Brown, T. J., Mills, G., Harris, H., Podnar, D., Reinbold, H. J., Fearon, M. G. (2014). A hi-resolution 40-year gridded fire weather/danger climatology for Victoria, Australia, VII International Conference on Forest Fire Research: Coimbra, Portugal, November 17, 2014
Brown, T. J., Mills, G., Harris, S., Podnar, D., Fearon, M. G., Reinbold, H. J. (2014). Fire weather climatology of Victoria, Invited talk. Project briefing for the Victoria Department of Environment and Primary Industries: Melbourne, VIC, March 24, 2014
Brown, T. J., Mills, G., Harris, S., Podnar, D., Fearon, M. G., Reinbold, H. J. (2014). Fire weather climatology of Victoria, Invited talk. Project briefing for the Victoria Country Fire Authority: Melbourne, VIC, March 25, 2014
2013
Fearon, M. G., Brown, T. J., Curcio, G. (2013). Establishing a National Standard Methodology for Operational Mixing Height Determination, IAWF International Smoke Symposium: College Park, MD, October 22, 2013
2012
Fearon, M. G., Lewis, J. M., Klieforth, H. E. (2012). The Partnership of Herbert Riehl and Joanne Simpson, 92nd AMS Annual Meeting: New Orleans, LA, January 22, 2012
Other
2017
Fearon, M. G., Kaplan, M. L., Mejia, J. F. (2017). Hurricane Sandy (2012). Part II: The dynamics within the local environment preceding rapid development, in revision mode for resubmission
Fearon, M. G., Kaplan, M. L., Mejia, J. F. (2017). Hurricane Sandy (2012). Part I: The tropical-extratropical environment preceding incipient development, in revision mode for resubmission