Senior meteorologist, NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory, Miami, Florida, USA
Dr. Gopal is a senior meteorologist in the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Hurricane Research Division (HRD) of AOML and principal architect of NOAA’s Hurricane Weather Research and Forecasting (HWRF) system. He simulates complex, non-linear, scale interacting systems starting from dry thermals (Large Eddy Simulations) to hurricanes; examining the mesoscale structures evolution mechanisms; testing theories, hypotheses and near-surface model physical representations; and finally interpreting the modeled/observed behavior of the systems. He has over 60 publications in international journals. He was Associate Editor for Monthly Weather Review and Weather and Forecasting journals. Dr. Gopal is the co-editor of the book, “Advanced Numerical Modeling and Data Assimilation Techniques for Tropical Cyclone Predictions”. Dr. Gopal mentors advanced scientists and post-graduate students and post-docs in his group. He is the leader of Next-Generation Hurricane Prediction Program and Research to Operational transitions in NOAA. He is the developmental manager for NOAA’s Hurricane Forecast Improvement Program (HFIP).