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Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Earth, Air, & Water

Adam Houston

Associate Professor

Ph.D., 2004, Illinois

Atmospheric convection, Mesoscale processes, Severe weather, Instrumentation, Climate diagnostics

Contact Information

305A Bessey Hall

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., and D.S. Niyogi, 2007, The sensitivity of deep convective initiation along a preexisting boundary to the lapse rate of the cloud-bearing layer: A numerical modeling study, Mon. Wea. Rev., 135, 3013-3032.

  • Houston, A.L., and R.B. Wilhelmson, 2007, Observational analysis of the 27 May 1997 central Texas tornadic event. Part II: Tornadoes, Mon. Wea. Rev., 135, 727-735.

  • Houston, A.L., and R.B. Wilhelmson, 2007, Observational analysis of the 27 May 1997 central Texas tornadic event. Part I: Pre-storm environment and storm maintenance/propagation, Mon. Wea. Rev., 135, 701-726.

  • Houston, A.L., L.J. Wicker, and R.B. Wilhelmson, 2007, Accuracy versus efficiency of Runge-Kutta time discretization, Mon. Wea. Rev., To be submitted (in .

  • Houston, A.L., R.L. Thompson, and, R. Edwards, 2007, The optimal bulk wind differential depth and the utility of the upper-tropospheric storm-relative flow for forecasting supercells, Wea. Forecasting, Accepted.