Roland Stull


Director, Geophysical Disaster Computational Fluid Dynamics Center

EOS-South 158
(604) 822-5901
Accepting students

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, ARPEGE and NAVGEM data, with our horizontal grid spacing down to 0.44 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.

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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.

Professor: UBC Atmospheric Sciences (1995-now)

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)

Research Staff

GeoDisaster Computer Admin.

PDFs and RAs

Postdoctoral Fellow
Research Associate
Research Associate
Research Associate

Graduate Students

MSc Atmospheric Sciences
PhD Atmospheric Sciences
PhD Atmospheric Sciences
PhD Atmospheric Sciences
PhD Atmospheric Sciences
PhD Atmospheric Sciences
PhD Atmospheric Sciences
PhD Atmospheric Sciences

Visiting International Researchers

Martin Boden
Mechanical Engineering (Aero/Hydro-dynamics) Masters student from EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland

Chaimae Alaoui
Mechanical Engineering Masters student from Univ. Claude Bernard - Lyon 1, France

Frans Liqui Lung
Applied Physics and Geoscience  Masters student from Delft Univ. of Technology, The Netherlands



Matt Fung
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Yu Ito
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Chris Jing
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Alison Deere
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Marjolein Ribberink
Undergraduate Research Assistant