Dr. Leonard J. Pietrafesa Associate Dean, Profesor Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences

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Dr. Leonard J. Pietrafesa

Associate Dean, Profesor Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences

College Of Physical & Mathematical Sciences (PAMS)

Box 8201

North Carolina State University (NCSU), Raleigh, NC 27695

Phone: (919) 515-7777 (o)

Fax: (919) 515-7855 (f)

Email: Len_Pietrafesa@ncsu.edu

Areas of Interest: Observations and Modeling of Non-Linear Couplings of Atmospheric, Oceanic, Estuary, Hydraulic Coupled Systems, Oceanic and Atmospheric Weather and Climate Phenomena and Impacts, , Wind-Wave-Current Coupled Interactions, Precipitation and River Discharge, Relationships between Climate Conditions and Weather Events and Human Health, Science and Public Policy.


1965 BS, Fairfield University (Fairfield, CT) Physics & Mathematics

1967 MS, Boston College/University of Chicago (Boston, MA/ Chicago, IL) Geophysical Fluid Dynamics

  1. PhD,University of Washington (Seattle, WA) Geophysical Fluid Dynamics (Advisors: Dr. M. Rattray, Dr. J.D. Smith, J.M. Wallace, J. Holton, R. Fleagle,

P. Welander, C. Pearson )

Industry Employment:

1965, 1966, 1968 Weston Geophysical Engineers, Boston, MA. (Projects: US Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Verification; New England Power Blackout; Panama Canal Expansion Assessment; West Australia Harbor; Preservation of Old Man on the Mountain

Academic Experience:

01/06- Associate Dean, External Affairs, PAMS/NCSU

01/2000- 12/05 Director, Office of External Affairs, PAMS/NCSU

7/1989-12/2000 Head, Dept. of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences/NCSU

5/1988-8/1989 Associate Dean for Research, PAMS

7/1988-6/1989 3RD Director, University Honors Council

7/1992-12/1996 Director, Southeast University Consortium for Severe Storms

7/1981- Full Professor, Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

7/1976 – 6/1981 Tenured Associate Professor, Departments of GeoSci and Marine Science & Engineering

7/1973 –6/1976 Assistant Professor, Dept. of Geosciences

Recent (Selected) National Committee Service and Special Recognition:

06/05- Oklahoma Mesonet & Climate Advisory Committee

01/04-02/06 American Meteorological Society, Chair, Education Advisory Comm.

01/04-05 American Meteorological Society, Co-Chair 2005 AMS Annual Conference

on Living in the Coastal Zone (with M. Davidson)

02/04-07 Member, American Geophysical Union Council on Public Affairs

07/03-04 Chair, National Center for Environmental Prediction Ocean Modeling

Review Panel

10/02-2/09 Board of Trustees (BoT) of University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (Elected twice)

06/02- 11/06 Chair, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Science Advisory Board (FACA approved)

10/02-05 UCAR BoT representative to UCAR University Relations Committee

08/00- University Member Representative to UCAR

06/01-02 Chair, NOAA/ National Geodetic Research Program Review Team

05/2002- Member, NOAA/ Climate Monitoring & Diagnostics Laboratory

Review Team

6/1998-07 Member (now Chair), NOAA) Science Advisory Board (FACA approved)

3/1997-07 Member, National Water Initiative Task Force of National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges (NASULGC)

11/1999 - Member, now Secretary of NASULGC Executive Committee on Food, Environment and Natural Resources

11/1996-11/97 Chair, NASULGC Board on Oceans and Atmosphere

Professional Organizations:

  1. American Meteorological Society –Elected Fellow

  2. Sigma Xi (past local chapter president)

  3. Phi Kappa Phi

  4. American Association for the Advancement of Science

  5. Society for Non-Linear Mathematics

  6. American Geophysical Union

  7. Oceanography Society (Charter- Lifetime member)

5 recent selected of 179 peer reviewed publications

1) Bohm, E., L.J. Pietrafesa, L., J. Churchill, T.S. Hopkins, L. Xie: Continental Margin Slope Sea Level and Flow Field Variability Induced by Lateral Movements of the Gulf Stream in the Southern Middle Atlantic Bight. 2006. Deep Sea Research 2) T. Yan, L. Xie, L. J. Pietrafesa, and T. Karl, 2005: The climatology and interannual variability of North Atlantic hurricane tracks. J. of Climate. 3) Xie, L., T.Yan, and L.J. Pietrafesa, 2005: The effect of the Atlantic sea surface temperature dipole mode on hurricanes: Implications for the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season, Geophysical Research Letters. 4) Pietrafesa, L.J., D. Dickey, L. Xie. 2005. The Variability of Water Level on the US East Coast. Solutions to Coastal Disasters. Amer. Assoc. of Civil Engineers.5) T. Yan, L. Xie and L. Pietrafesa, 2005. Relationships between Western North Pacific typhoon activity and Tibetan Plateau winter and spring snow cover. Geophysical Research Letters.

Professional and Public (Invited Only) Presentations: Total of 187 Student Committees Supervised: Chair or Co PhD (23 completed) & MS (22 Completed)

Post Docs and Technicians Supervised: 38 Total.

Present and Pending Support: 1) NOAA $ 1, 725,279, 11/2001-7/2007 Ocean and

Atmospheric Observations in the Coastal Ocean of NC sub-contract from UNC

Wilmington CORMP Program; 2) NOAA $5,378,500, 5/1/02-4/30/07 Carolina Coastal

Observation and Prediction System subcontract form the Univ. South Carolina Caro

COOPS Program; 3) NOAA $225,000, 9/02-9/06 Determination of a Fish Recruitment

Index; 4) NOAA $1,775,000 9/03-9/07 Climate & Weather Impacts on Society & the

Environment; National Severe Storms Lab, $140,000, 5/2004-9/2007. CI-FLOW.

0% salary on all presently.

Selected Publications:

Peng, M .,J. Pietrafesa., S. Bao and D. Porter 2007, Digital elevation data and hurricane induced inundation forecast (in press)

Peng, M and L. Xie and J. Pietrafesa., 2006 A numerical study on hurricane induced storm surge and inundation in Charleston, South Carolina J. Geophys. Res., Vol. 111, No. C8, C0801710.1029/2004JC002755
Xia, M., L. Xie., J. Pietrafesa and M. Peng., 2007 A numerical study of storm surge in the Cape Fear River Estuary System (accepted Coastal and Shelf Science)
Peng, M and J. Pietrafesa., 2006, Tropical Cyclone Induced Asymmetry of Sea Level Surge and Fall and its Presentation in a Storm Surge Model with Parametric Wind Fields. Ocean Modelling http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ocemod.2006.03.004
Bao, S and L. Xie and J. Pietrafesa., and M. Peng, 2007 Numerical simulation of effects of hurricane’s asymmetric structure on storm surge and inundation, accepted Mon. Wea. Rev.
Peng, M. and L.Xie and J. Pietrafesa, 2004. A numerical study of storm surge and inundation in the Croatan-Albemarle-Pamlico Estuary System. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 59, 121-137.
Pietrafesa, L.J. Xie, L., D. Dickey, M. Peng, S. Bao, 2003: The North Carolina State University coastal and estuary storm surge and flood prediction system. Ecosystems and Sustainable Development, 4, 100-109.
Pietrafesa, L.J., L. Xie, E. Buckley, D. Hilderbrand, M. Peng, 2002: The need for a coastal estuary/inland flood risk index. Chapter in Computer Simulation in Hazard and Risk Mitigation. Wit Press.
Peng, M 2002. A numerical modeling study of the hydrodynamics of the Croatan-Albemarle-Pamlico Estuary System, North Carolina. (@: http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/etd/public/etd-165492721023850/etd.pdf )

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