Kieran T. Bhatia
Postdoctoral Associate at Princeton University
About Me

I am a Postdoctoral Associate at Princeton University, working under the supervision of Dr. Gabe Vecchi at the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Labratory.

I received a B.S. degree in Physics from the University of Maryland (College Park) in Spring 2010, and received my PhD at University of Miami in the fall of 2015. For my dissertation, I focused on improving tropical cyclone (TC) intensity forecasts by exploring the connection between intensity forecast error and parameters representing initial condition uncertainty, atmospheric flow stability, TC strength, and the large-scale environment surrounding a TC. As part of my dissertation, I developed the Prediction of Intensity Model Error (PRIME) model to forecast the absolute error and bias of four leading intensity models available for guidance in the Atlantic and East Pacific basin. The positive results and numerous applications of PRIME forecasts suggest they could be valuable to the hurricane forecasting community.

Currently, I am conducting research that aims to understand how hurricane dynamics and impacts will evolve with climate change.