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Assistant Professor Michael M. Bell


My primary interests are in tropical, mesoscale and radar meteorology. My current research is on the genesis and intensification of tropical cyclones, primarily through the collection and analysis of research quality observations from aircraft and Doppler radars. This research is aimed at understanding the mesoscale structure and evolution of developing tropical disturbances, structural changes in intensifying tropical cyclones, and air-sea interaction in mature hurricanes. Additional research to improve mesoscale and radar analysis techniques is ongoing.

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Courses Taught

Selected Publications

Complete Listing and PDFs available here

  • Bell, M. M., R. Ballard, M. Bauman, A. Foerster, A. Frambach, K. Kosiba, W.-C. Lee, S. Rees, and J. Wurman, 2015: The Hawaiian Educational Radar Opportunity (HERO). Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., in press.
  • Foerster, A. M., M. M. Bell, S. C. Jones, and P. A. Harr, 2014: Observations of the eyewall structure of Typhoon Sinlaku (2008) during the transformation stage of extratropical transition. Mon. Wea. Rev., 142, 3372-3392.
  • Bell, M. M., W.-C. Lee, C. Wolff, and H. Cai, 2013: A Solo-based automated quality control algorithm for airborne Doppler tail radar data. J. Appl. Meteor. and Clim., 52, 2509-2528.
  • Bell, M. M., M. T. Montgomery, and K. E. Emanuel, 2012: Air-sea enthalpy and momentum exchange at major hurricane wind speeds observed during CBLAST. J. Atmos. Sci., 69, 3197-3122.
  • Bell, M. M., M. T. Montgomery, and W.-C. Lee, 2012: An axisymmetric view of concentric eyewall evolution in Hurricane Rita (2005). J. Atmos. Sci., 69, 2414-2432.
  • Bell, M. M., and W.-C. Lee, 2012: Objective tropical cyclone center tracking using single Doppler radar. J. Appl. Meteor. And Clim., 51, 878-896.
  • Aberson, S. D., J. Cione, C.-C. Wu, M. M. Bell, J. Halverson, C. Fogarty, and M. Weissmann, 2010: Aircraft used to observe tropical cyclones. Chapter in "Global Perspectives on Tropical Cyclones", World Scientific, Johnny Chan, Ed., 448 pp.

Hurricane Rita

North-south vertical cross section of quad-Doppler radar analysis from N42 and ELDORA and in situ flight level data at 1.5 km from N42. (a) Radar reflectivity (color), vertical velocity (contour, m s21), and secondary circulation (vector); (b) wind speed, vertical velocity, surface pressure, and pseudoequivalent potential temperature. From Bell et al. (2012)

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Office HIG 337

2525 Correa Rd

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Honolulu, HI

Phone 808-956-2878

Email mmbell at hawaii dot edu