Director, Geophysical Disaster Computational Fluid Dynamics Center
I am a Professor of Atmospheric Science. My focus is on numerical weather prediction and atmospheric boundary layers.
As director of the Geophysical Disaster Computational Fluid Dynamics Centre, I focus on making high-resolution, real-time, operational numerical weather forecasts for western Canada. My 18-member team operates a 448-processor computer cluster, optimized for studying weather-related disasters in mountainous, coastal terrain. We also run some of our weather models on cloud computers. Our pure research includes predictability (ensemble prediction, data assimilation, Kalman filtering, boundary-layer parameterizations, etc.), natural disasters (forest firestorms, flooding precipitation, cyclones, snow avalanches, windstorms, air quality, tree blowdown etc.), weather-related energy sources (wind, hydroelectric, solar, and biomass power), transportation (highways, trolley, shipping, railroads), and special projects/events (2010 Winter Olympics, Project Firestorm, rocketsonde buoy development, forecasts for the Canadian Arctic). We also do applied research for various clients (Environment Canada, Parks Canada, Dept. of National Defense, many BC Ministries, BC Hydro, Regional Districts, railroads, highways, and other agencies and industries).
Photos/posters giving an overview of our research are on the GDCFDC webpage.
My team runs 3 mesoscale numerical models daily (MM5, WRF-ARW, WRF-NMM), initialized from GFS, NAM, GEM, and NAVGEM data, with our horizontal grid spacing down to 1.3 km. We also run the Emergency Weather Net, which collects, archives, plots, and uses surface weather-station data from over 800 locations in and near BC every hour. To test and improve the numerical forecasts, we deploy weather instruments and conduct field research.
Some of our daily, real-time, numerical weather forecast products are available for free to the public, while many other tailored forecasts are provided to clients and sponsors.
Winner of Killam Teaching Award - 2015
Author of three textbooks, all of which are provided free online:
Stull, R., 2015: "Practical Meteorology: An Algebra-based Survey of Atmospheric Science." Univ. of British Columbia. 938 pages. isbn 978-0-88865-176-1
Professor: UBC Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences (2006-now)
Professor: UBC 2/3 Earth & Ocean Sciences, and 1/3 Geography (1999-2006)
Professor: UBC Geography (1995-1999)
Visiting Scientist: Netherlands (1986), Germany (1988), Norway (1992)
Professor, Dept. of Atmos. Sci., Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison (1989-1995)
Assoc. Prof., Dept. of Atmos. Sci., Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison (1985-1989)
Asst. Prof., Dept. of Atmos. Sci., Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison (1979-1985)
Adjunct. Asst. Prof., Atmos. Sci. Program, Creighton Univ., Nebraska (1977-1979)
Numerical Prediction Meteorologist, Nebraska (1975-1979)
Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM) - USA
Certified Flight Instructor (CFII) - USA
Fellow of the American Meteorological Society
Fellow of the Canadian Meteorological & Oceanographic Society
Winner of Killam Teaching Prize - Canada
Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science, Univ. of Washington, Seattle (1975)
BS.Ch.E. in Chemical Engineering, Univ. of Washington, Seattle (1971)
PDFs and RAs
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Undergraduate Research Assistant