October 10, 2013

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Lee Mullon Publishes Journal Article Discussing Climate Teleconnections

Lee Mullon, P.E., a water resources engineer for Geosyntec based in Florida, is the primary author of a climate study in the July edition of the Journal of Hydrology.

The article, "Integrated Remote Sensing and Wavelet Analyses for Screening Short-term Teleconnection Patterns in Northeast America," describes Mr. Mullon's research into a climate phenomena known as teleconnections, such as El Nino, that can be used to help understand large- and small-scale climate patterns.

Mr. Mullon conducted his teleconnections research as part of his graduate program at the University of Central Florida (UCF) in Orlando, where he is pursuing an M.S. in water resources engineering. His research is funded by the U.S. EPA under the direction of Ni-Bin Chang, Ph.D, P.E., D.WRE, a professor at UCF and Program Director for the National Science Foundation's Cyber-Enabled Sustainability Science and Engineering (CyberSEES) program.

Using remote sensing data from NASA and NOAA satellites, as well as ground-based precipitation records from NEXRAD, Mr. Mullon discovered numerous climate teleconnections associated with events in upstate New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire. These teleconnections signals are part of a complex system of oceanic-atmospheric forcings within the global hydrosphere.

Mr. Mullon hopes to use these signals in his ongoing study of precipitation forecasting. He recently presented his research at the Sixth International Conference of Water Resources and Environmental Research held earlier this year in Koblenz, Germany.