Kim Wood, Ph.D.
satellite image of Hurricane Jova (2023)

exploring hurricane behavior with large datasets and open-source tools

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about me

I'm an associate professor in the Department of Hydrology & Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Arizona as of Fall 2023; before I came here, I was an assistant and then associate professor in the Department of Geosciences at Mississippi State University. I love pretty much every aspect of the tropics and can talk about tropical meteorology all day, but much of my research concentrates on tropical cyclone intensity, structural evolution, large-scale variability, effects on land, and satellite-based methods of tropical analysis.

I have taught courses on tropical meteorology, satellite meteorology, physical meteorology, and research methods. I believe every operational meteorologist should have some exposure to research and every research meteorologist should have some exposure to operations. I was also a member of the 2019 American Geophysical Union's Voices for Science cohort, during which I actively worked on communication of hazard information and how to explain the behavior of various weather phenomena.

I've been fascinated by hurricanes for most of my life, so I studied physics as an undergraduate student at Oregon State University with a focus on geophysics. I then attended graduate school at the University of Arizona, where I earned my MS and PhD degrees in atmospheric science.


why "kouya"?

荒野 (こうや): wasteland; wilderness; deserted land; prairie; vast plain; wilds; desert; wild land​

This Japanese word has many layers to its definition, and it reflects the love I have for the desert landscapes within and surrounding Tucson.