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Hannah Barnes
Research Associate
325 Broadway
Boulder, CO 80305-3328


Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder (CIRES), Research Scientist I

Fundamentally, my research focuses on improving our understanding on convection and improving our ability to represent convection in numerical weather models. I am currently working as part of a team that focuses on the development of the Grell-Freitas Convective Parameterization. Additionally, I support other global model physics developers by creating and running several model verification scripts. 

Research Interests

  • Convection (tropical, mesoscale convective systems, organization, life-cycles, regional variability)
  • Microphysical processes
  • Developing new methods to use observations to validate numerical simulations
  • Radar meteorology


  • B.S., Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2010
  • M.S., Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington, 2013
  • Ph.D., Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington, 2016


  • Research Scientist I at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder (CIRES), Boulder, CO, 2019 - Present
  • National Research Council (NRC) Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Boulder, CO,  2018-2019
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Richland, WA, 2016-2018
  • Radar Research Scientist during the Olympics Mountain Experiment (OLYMPEX), Seattle, WA, 2015
  • Data Manager during the Dynamics of the Madden-Julian Oscillation (DYNAMO) Experiment, Addu Atoll, Maldives, 2011
  • University of Washington Graduate Student Research Scientist, Seattle, WA, 2010-2016

Professional Activities

  • American Meteorological Society (2009 - Present)
  • American Geophysical Union (2012 - Present)
  • Reviewer for several AGU and AMS journals
  • Student poster judge at the 2017 AMS Annual Conference
  • Co-chair of the Young Scientists Paper Discussion Group at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (2017)

Honors and Awards

  • 2016 Editor’s Citation for Excellence in refereeing JGR - Atmosphere

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Peer-Reviewed Publications 

  • Barnes, H. C., J. P. Zagrodnik, L. A. McMurdie, A. K. Rowe, and R. A. Houze, Jr., 2018: Kelvin-Helmholtz Waves in Precipitating Mid-Latitude Cyclones. J. Atmos. Sci., 2018, doi: 10.1175/JAS-D-17-0365.1.
  • Houze, R. A., Jr., L. A. McMurdie, W. A. Petersen, M. R. Schwaller, W. Baccus, J. Lundquist, C. Mass, B. Nijssen, S. A. Rutledge, D. Hudak, S. Tanelli, G. G. Mace, M. Poellot, D. Lettenmaier, J. Zagrodnik, A. Rowe, J. DeHart, L. Madaus, and H. C. Barnes, 2017: The Olympic Mountains Experiment (OLYMPEX). Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 98, 2167-2188, doi: 10.1175/BAMS-D-16-0182.1.
  • Barnes, H. C., and R. A. Houze, Jr., 2016: Comparison of observed and simulated spatial patterns of ice microphysical processes in tropical oceanic mesoscale convective systems. J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 121, 8269-8296, doi:10.1002/2016JD025074.
  • Barnes, H. C., and R. A. Houze, Jr., 2015: Latent Heating Characteristics of the MJO computed from TRMM Observations. J. Geophys. Res. Atmos,, 120, 1322-1334, doi: 10.1002/2014JD022530 
  • Barnes, H. C., and R. A. Houze, Jr., 2014: Precipitation Hydrometeor Type Relative to the Mesoscale Airflow in Mature Oceanic Deep Convection of the Madden-Julian Oscillation. J. Geophy. Res. Atmos., 119, 13990-14014, doi: 10.1002/2014JD022241.