Dr. Sen Chiao
Associate Professor
Faculty Athletics Representative

Contact information

DH 620B
(408) 924-5204
E-mail: sen.chiao at sjsu dot edu

Chiao Research Group Page
Curriculum Vitae

I am the director of the NASA MIRO Center for Applied Atmospheric Research and Education (CAARE) in the Department of Meteorology and Climate Science at San Jose State University. CAARE is a NASA MUREP funded center established in 2015. Partner institutions with CARRE include: Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College (FDLTCC), University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), Universities Space Research Association (USRA), NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), NASA Ames Research Center (ARC), and Bay Area Environmental Research Institute (BAERI).

The main research thrusts include: Aerosol and its Impacts on Air Quality, Weather and Regional Climate; Urban heat island (UHI) and Climate Variability; Wildfire Impacts on Air Quality; and Public Health linkages to Air Quality, Weather and Climate. Undergrad and grad students will be involved in research activities. Summer short courses, internships and symposium will be held. If you are interested in the center activities, please contact me directly.

Courses I have taught including: Remote Sensing for Meteorology, Atmospheric Remote Sensing, Marine Meteorology, Numerical Weather Prediction, Mesoscale Meteorology, Intro. to Environmental Flow Modeling, and Planetary Boundary Layer Meteorology, Synoptic Meteorology and Weather Briefing.

I am continuously looking for energetic, creative people at all levels (undergraduate, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and visiting scientists) to join my research group. I am always happy to discuss potential research projects. If you are interested in my research work, please contact me.


Professional experiences:

2014 ~ Associate Professor, Meteorology and Climate Science, San Jose State University
2011-2014 Assistant Professor, Meteorology and Climate Science, San Jose State University
2010-2011 Associate Professor, Marine and Environmental Systems, Florida Tech.
2005-2010 Assistant Professor, Marine and Environmental Systems, Florida Tech.
2008summer Visiting Professor, ASP/RAL, National Center for Atmospheric Research
2004-2005 Postdoctoral Research Associate, NOAA Center for Atmospheric Sciences, Howard University
2003-2004 Postdoctoral Fellow, Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University
1999-2002 Graduate Research Assistant, Atmospheric Science, North Carolina State University
1998-1999 Graduate Research Assistant, Meteorology, University of Hawaii at Manoa


Current research topics:


Peer-reviewed publications (since 2010)

Centeno, D. and S. Chiao, 2015: The Footprints of Saharan Air Layer and Lightning on the Formation of Tropical Depressions over the Eastern Atlantic Ocean, Meteor. and Atmos. Phys., 127, 17-32.

Eiserloh, A. J, and S. Chiao, 2015: Modeling studies of landfalling atmospheric rivers and orographic precipitation over northern California, Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics, 127, 1-16.

Jury, M., and S. Chiao, 2014: Representation of Ethiopian wet spells in global and nested models, Advances in Meteorology, vol. 2014, Article ID 237374, doi:10.1155/2014/237374

Chiao, S., and R. Dumais, 2013: Investigations of a down-valley flow event during T-REX 2006, Meteor. and Atmos. Phys., doi:10.1007/s00703-013-0279-z

Whitehall, K., S. Chiao, M. Mayers-Als, 2013: Numerical Investigations of Convective Initiation in Barbados, Advances in Meteorology, Vol 2013, Article ID 630263, doi:10.1155/2013/630263. (download)

Pelissero, J., and S. Chiao, 2013: The Impacts of Extratropical Reintensification on North Atlantic Shipping Routes, Meteorological Applications, in press. doi: 10.1002/met.1410

Takeuchi, A., and S. Chiao, 2013: Comparative Case Studies of Tropical Cyclones and Phytoplankton Blooms over Atlantic and Pacific Regions, Earth Interactions, in press. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/2013EI000517.1 (download)

Jury, M., and S. Chiao, 2013: Lee-side boundary layer confluence and afternoon thunderstorms over Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. J. Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 52, 429-454.

Tompkins, C., and S. Chiao, 2012: Modeling Studies of Impacts from the Guinea Highlands in Relation to Tropical Cyclogenesis Along the West African Coast. Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics, 115, 51-72. doi: 10.1007/s00703-011-0167-3 (download)

Jury, M. and S. Chiao, 2011: Mesocirculation Associated with Summer Convection over the Central Antilles. Earth Interactions, 15, 1-19. doi: 10.1175/2011EI391.1(download)

Pattantyus, A., S. Chiao, and S. Czyzyk, 2011: Improving High-Resolution Model Forecasts of Downslope Winds in the Las Vegas Valley. J. Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 50, 1324-1340.(download)

Weldegaber, M., B. Demoze, L. Sparling, and S. Chiao, 2011: Observational analysis of moisture evolution and variability in the boundary layer during the dryline on 22 May 2002 (IHOP 2002). Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics, 110, 87-102.(download)

Chiao, S. and G. Jenkins, 2010: Numerical investigations on the formation of tropical storm Debby during NAMMA-06. Wea and Forecasting, 25, 866-884. (download)

Pattantyus, A., and S. Chiao, 2010: Numerical studies of convective and stable boundary layer evolution in mountainous regions. Proceedings of the International Symposium for the Advancement of Boundary Layer Remote Sensing (ISARS), Paris, France, June 28-30, 2010. (download)

Pattantyus, A., S. Chiao, S. Czyzyk, 2010: Numerical model forecasting of downslope winds in the Las Vegas Valley. The 5th International Symposium on Computational Wind Engineering, Chapel Hill, NC, 23-27 May 2010. (download)

Carpenter, D. D. and S. Chiao, 2010: Modeling study of 2006 Central Florida wildfires using Fire Area Simulator. Florida Scientist, 73, 105-121. (download)


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