BATON ROUGE -- LSU is home to one of the largest groups of hurricane experts in the nation. These researchers, who are specialists in a variety of fields, are studying all aspects of the dangerous storms to create a comprehensive hurricane-research effort that will benefit the citizens of Louisiana and the entire Gulf Coast region.
The experts and the LSU departments in which they work are:
LSU Coastal Studies Institute (http://www.csi.lsu.edu ) -- Shih Ang Hsu, professor, 225-388-2962, firstname.lastname@example.org . Hsu is studying coastal meteorology; in particular, he examines cloud-top temperatures to determine the correlation between cloud temperature and hurricane intensity.
-- Oscar Huh, professor, 225-388-2952, email@example.com . Huh is director of LSU's Earth Scan Laboratory, a satellite-receiving site that receives weather information and provides it to the National Weather Service. The Earth Scan Lab has a Web site with animated imagery and photos at www.esl.lsu.edu. Huh also studies the effect of hurricanes on coastal erosion and build-up.
-- Gregory Stone, associate professor, 225-388-6188, firstname.lastname@example.org . Stone recently obtained funding for four weather buoys to be placed in the Gulf off Louisiana's coast (http://erin.csi.lsu.edu ). He has designed the devices to measure wind and wave conditions, then to process that information and transmit it via satellite to a computer in his lab, where it will be analyzed and distributed through a network to the National Weather Service, the Office of Emergency Preparedness and the public. Stone is also studying how beaches react after a hurricane, and he is director of the LSU Coastal Morphodynamics Laboratory.