Adam Houston

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Associate Professor Earth & Atmospheric Sciences ahouston2@unl.edu 402-472-2416 305A Bessey Hall

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Dr. Adam Houston joined the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) faculty as an assistant professor in the Department of Geosciences in 2006. Prior to this he served as a visiting instructor at UNL in the 2005-2006 academic year and served as both a visiting assistant professor and postdoctoral research assistant in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Purdue University in the 2004-2005 academic year. Dr. Houston received his Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his B.S. in meteorology from Texas A&M University.

Dr. Houston's research focus is on cloud-scale and mesoscale phenomena; specifically those related to severe local storms. Active research projects deal specifically with deep convective initiation, the impacts of preexisting airmass boundaries on supercell rotation, climatologies of supercells and non-supercells, high-precipitation supercells, environmental controls on storm mode, and computational fluid dynamics.

Numerical experiments conducted by Dr. Houston and his research group (SSRG) utilize cloud-scale and mesoscale numerical models. Observational work primarily utilizes unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and Doppler radars.

Selected Publications


Houston, A. L., 2016: The Sensitivity of Deep Ascent of Cold-Pool Air to Vertical Shear and Cold-Pool Buoyancy. Electronic J. of Severe Storms Meteor., 11, 1-29.

Orf, L, R. B. Wilhelmson, B. D. Lee, C. Finley, and A. L. Houston, 2016: Evolution of a Long-Track Violent Tornado within a Simulated Supercell. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, In press. doi: 10.1175/BAMS-D-15-00073.1

Houston, A. L., R. J. Laurence III, T. W. Nichols, S. Waugh, B. Argrow, and C. L. Ziegler, 2016: Intercomparison of unmanned aircraft-borne and mobile mesonet atmospheric sensors. Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, 33, 1569-1582, doi: 10.1175/JTECH-D-15-0178.1

Houston, A. L., N. A. Lock, J. Lahowetz, B. L. Barjenbruch, G. Limpert, C. Oppermann, 2015: Thunderstorm Observation by Radar (ThOR): An algorithm to develop a climatology of thunderstorms. Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, 32, 961-981. DOI: 10.1175/JTECH-D-14-00118.1

Lock N. A. and A. L. Houston, 2015: Spatiotemporal Distribution of Thunderstorm Initiation in the US Great Plains from 2005-2007. International Journal of Climatology, 35, 4047-4056, DOI: 10.1002/joc.4261.