Over the past few decades, a definitive understanding of the dynamics of African Easterly Waves (AEWs) has proven be almost entirely elusive. AEWs are synoptic-scale weather systems that form over the African Saraha Desert. These systems develop throughout the summer monsoon and have been identified as precursors to many Atlantic Hurricanes.
A complete picture of the dynamics of AEWs is not currently available, but there are many ideas including instabilty, convection, upstream/downstream development, or other physical explanations. The ongoing project of our research group is to bring together some of these ideas and to help formulate a complete study of African Easterly Waves. My specific goal is to develop a better understanding of the instability processes that contribute to the growing systems as well as a better understanding of energy dispersion and upstream development.More Details