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Brian Colle

Chair, SoMAS 
School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences 
Stony Brook University
(631) 632-3174 


Dr. Brian A. Colle is a Professor of Atmospheric Science at the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University. He is also the Director of the Institute for Terrestrial and Planetary Atmospheres and the Faculty Director of the University Scholars Program at Stony Brook. His research focuses on improving our understanding and forecasts of the meteorology around the coastal margins of North America. He received his B.S. in Meteorology at Ohio University in 1991, and M.S. and Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington in 1994 and 1997, respectively. He was a Research Associate at the University of Washington for two years before arriving at Stony Brook University-SUNY in 1999. Dr. Colle has served as an Editor for the AMS journal “Weather and Forecasting.” In 2000 he was awarded a Young Investigator’s Award by the Office of Naval Research, and in 2007 he won the AMS Editor’s Award for the journal “Monthly Weather Review.” He has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers in areas of mountain meteorology, coastal meteorology, numerical weather prediction, and regional climate. He has participated in numerous field experiments on orographic flows and precipitation on the U.S. West coast as well as renewable energy and fire weather on the U.S. East coast. His Coastal Meteorology and Prediction (CoMAP) group utilizes high-resolution operational models and ensembles to better understand high impact coastal weather and their predictability, and to apply these ensemble models in various other applications (storm surge, waves, fire weather, hydrologic, etc…). The group also utilizes global and regional atmospheric models to investigate how extreme weather may change over the Northeast U.S. over the next century.