Alan's Ph.D work (McGill, 1989) was on quantifying errors in the measurement of rainfall over an area that arise because of the variability of convective rainfall. Rainfall over an area is usually measured by rain gauges positioned at certain points, and may not be representative of the whole area. This variability induces radar - rain gauge rainfall differences and must be accounted for.
He currently works at the Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research, Bureau of Meteorology, Melbourne, Australia. His current research interest are measuring and forecasting rainfall for hydrological applications, quantitative radar rainfall estimation for short-term and ensemble forecasting. He once declared that his mission in life is to make radar so easy to use that hydrologists would run out of excuses not to use them.
During his stay at McGill (1998-2001), Alain developed a 4D-Var model to assimilate radar reflectivities, Doppler velocities, and radar-derived refractivity maps into a non-hydrostatic compressible limited area atmospheric model that was coupled to a microphysic scheme. This was to be used to provide initial conditions to a high-resolution NWP model.
He currently works in Environment Canada's Numerical Research and Prediction center (RPN), Dorval, Quebec, Canada. His current research topic is data assimilation in coupled ocean-atmosphere-cryoshpere models.
Urs was a postdoctoral fellow at McGill between 2000 and 2002. During his stay, he worked on precipitation predictability using continental radar composites. He also worked on nowcasting and the development of the McGill Algorithm for Precipitation estimation using Lagrangian Extrapolation.
He is now a senior scientist at MeteoSwiss specialized in radar meteorology touching a variety of subjects, with an emphasis on the challenge of using radar in mountaineous areas.
Gyuwon did his doctorate at McGill, finishing in 2003. After that, he also was a postdoctoral fellow and research associate. His work focused on drop size distribution variability in different weather conditions and how they affect radar rainfall estimates.
He is now Assistant Professor at the Kyungpook National University, Daegu, South Korea, where he still plays with radars.
Edwin did his masters and his doctorate at McGill (1998, 2006). During his masters, he work on comparing drop size distribution measurements using several sensors. His Ph.D. research focused on using the VHF profiler to measure rainfall and air velocities and calibrating the instrument.
After a postdoctoral fellowship at Environment Canada where his research focused on nowcasting and microphysical retrievals using several different instruments, Edwin is now working for the U.S. Argonne National Laboratory in the Chicago area.
Marc was a postdoctoral fellow at McGill until 2009. His work was on the error covariance matrix of radar rainfall estimates in stratiform rain, or on how different types of errors depend on each other and how they correlate in space.
He is now a researcher at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain.