Sen Chiao


Sen ChiaoSen Chiao
Professor & Chair

Department of Meteorology and Climate Science
Director, NASA MIRO Center for Applied Atmospheric Research and Education (CAARE)

Phone: (408) 924-5204
Fax: (408) 924-5191

One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192-0104

Chiao Research Group Page
Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., 2003, Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, North Carolina State University

 Research Interests

  • Over 15 years of experience in data analysis and numerical modeling with emphasis on tropical, mesoscale, air quality and urban scale phenomena. My goal is to advance the understanding of fundamental science in the areas of weather and climate change, and their linkages to our environment. My research activities are conducted using many different methods striving to achieve high standards of understanding, depth and completeness.

 Recent Classes

  • Tropical Meteorology (METR 160)
  • Regional Climate Modeling (METR 173)
  • Global Climate Change (METR 112, online)
  • Remote Sensing (METR 155)
  • Numerical Modeling (METR 240)
  • Dynamic Meteorology (METR 121)
  • Synoptic Weather Analysis and Forecasting (METR 171)

Recent Activities (2013 - present)

Published Papers (* denote names of advised students)

  • Jenkins, G., E. A. Brito, E. F. Soares, S. Chiao and co-authors, 2018: Hurricane Fred: Cape Verde's First Hurricane in Modern Times, preparation, observations, impacts and lessons learned, Bulletin of American Meteorological Society, DOI:

  • Li, J., Y. Chen, H. Wang, J. Qin, J. Li, and S. Chiao, 2017: Extending flood forecasting lead time in a large watershed by coupling WRF QPF with a distributed hydrological model, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 1279-1294, doi:10.5194/hess-21-1279-2017.

  • Chiao, S., and M. Jury, 2016: Southern Caribbean Hurricane Regional Observations and WRF Model Simulations, Advances in Meteorology, doi:10.5376/ijms.2016.06.0039

  • Folmer, M., R. Pasken, S. Chiao, J. Dunion, and J. Halverson, 2016: The Effect of GPS Dropwindsondes from the NAMMA 2006 Field Campaign on the Simulations of Hurricane Helene, Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics, DOI 10.1007/s00703-016-0452-2.

  • Chih* C.-H., K-H. Chou, and S. Chiao, 2015: The influence of Tropical cyclone structure on eyewall evolution simulation of Typhoon Sinlaku (2008) crossing Taiwan. Terr. Atmos. Ocean. Sci. DOI: 10.3319/TAO.2015.05.08.01(A).

  • 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.  

  • 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, Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics, 127, 17-32.

  • 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, Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics, 122, 75-90. 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, doi:10.1155/2013/630263. 

  • Pelissero*, J., and S. Chiao, 2013: The Impacts of Extratropical Reintensification on North Atlantic Shipping Routes, Met. Apps. doi: 10.1002/met.1410.


  • PI, “Ozonesonde Measurements in the Bay Area”, BAAQMD, 2016-2017, 30K.

  • PI, “Ozonesonde Measurements during CABOTS”, EPA, 2016, 75K.

  • PI, “MRI: Acquisition of Hybrid CPU/GPU High Performance Computing and Storage for STEM Research and Education at San Jose State University”, NSF, 2016-2019, 900K

  • PI, “Acquisition of Hybrid CPU/GPU High-Performance Computing and Storage for STEM Research and Education at San Jose State University”, DoD, 2016-2019, $498K (Award declined)

  • Co-PI, “Satellite-Derived PM2.5 Grids with Dispersion Model Downscaling: PM2.5 Data to Support Community-Scale Air Quality Health Research and Policy Development”, NASA, 2016-2019, 374K

  • PI, "Improved Understanding of the Magnitude of Trans-Pacific Long Range Transported Ozone Aloft at California's Coast", The California Air Resources Board, 2016-2019, $281K.

  • PI, "Center for Applied Atmospheric Research and Education (CAARE)", NASA/MIRO, 2015-2020, $4630K.

  • Co-I, "Weather Support for Unmanned Vehicle Systems Traffic Flow Management", NASA, 2-15-2016, 98K.

  • PI, "Improved Understanding of the Magnitude of Trans-Pacific Long Range Transported Ozone Aloft at California's Coast", RSCA/SJSU, 2015-2016, $5K.

  • PI, "Implementation of Urbanized Weather Research and Forecasting Model (uWRF) for Bay Area Air Quality Forecast", RSCA/SJSU, 2014-2015, $5K.

  • PI, "Acquisition of AWIPS II EDEX Server and CAVE Client in a Synoptic Weather and Analysis Classroom", UCAR/Unidata, 2014-2015, $11K.

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