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Kevin Reed

Associate Professor

Associate Dean of Research



- University of Michigan

Research Topics:

Climate Modeling, Climate Change Attribution, Tropical Cyclone, Climate Extremes, Atmospheric Dynamics, Science Policy

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  • Bio/Research


    Dr. Kevin Reed’s research focuses on extreme weather events, such as hurricanes, may change in the coming decades.  This includes understanding the capability of current and next-generation climate models to simulate extreme weather events.  Dr. Reed’s research aids in advancing our scientific understanding of the impacts of climate change, as well as developing new methodologies to better translate state-of-the-art science for climate adaptation applications and policies.

    Information for Prospective Students

    Dr. Reed is continually looking for motivated graduate students that are interested in researching how extreme weather, like hurricanes, may be altered in a changing climate. This includes work that makes use of current and next-generation climate models to simulate extreme weather events, as well as work that develops simplified, reduced complexity modeling frameworks to study extremes in a global context.

    In addition, Dr. Reed and Dr.   Donovan Finn  are seeking to co-advise a graduate student interested in the use of climate data (including climate model output) to inform public policy, urban planning and infrastructure development. This work combines an understanding of climate science along with an interest in application, in order to explore questions such as: How can we better quantify and visualize the potential effects of a changing climate on human populations? How are uncertainties about climate change dealt with by planners and policymakers? How can scientific data and tools be designed to more effectively respond to the needs of end-users?

  • Publications


    Selected Publications 

    Reed, K. A., M. F. Wehner,  A. M. Stansfield and C. M. Zarzycki (2021),  Anthropogenic Influence on Hurricane Dorian’s Extreme Rainfall [in “Explaining Extremes of 2019 from a Climate Perspective”],  Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 102, S9-S15, doi:  10.1175/BAMS-D-20-0160.1.

    Herrington, A. R., and K. A. Reed (2020),  On resolution sensitivity in the Community Atmosphere ModelQuart. J. Roy. Met. Soc., 146, 3789– 3807, doi:  10.1002/qj.3873.

    Sprintall, J., V. Coles, K. A. Reed, A. H. Butler, G. R. Foltz, S. G. Penny and H. Seo (2020),  Best practice strategies for process studies designed to improve climate modeling,  Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 101, E1842–E1850, doi:  10.1175/BAMS-D-19-0263.1.

    Akinsanola, A. A., G. J. Kooperman, K. A. Reed, A. G. Pendergrass and W. M. Hannah (2020),  Projected changes in seasonal precipitation extremes over the United States in CMIP6 simulations,  Environ. Res. Lett., 15, 104078, doi:  10.1088/1748-9326/abb397.

    Wing, A. A., C. L. Stauffer, T. Becker, K. A. Reed, M.-S. Ahn, N. Arnold, S. Bony, M. Branson, G. H. Bryan, J.-P. Chaboureau, S. R. de Roode, K. Gayatri, C. Hohenegger, I-K. Hu, F. Jansson, T. R. Jones, M. Khairoutdinov, D. Kim, S. Matsugishi, Z. K. Martin, S. Matsugishi, B. Medeiros, H. Miura, Y. Moon, S. K. Muller, T. Ohno, M. Popp, T. Prabhakaran, D. Randall, R. Rios-Berrios, N. Rochetin, R. Roehrig, D. M. Romps, J. H. Ruppert, Jr., M. Satoh, L. Silvers, M. S. Singh, B. Stevens, L. Tomassini, C. C. van Heerwaarden, S. Wang, and M. Zhao (2020),  Clouds and Convective Self-Aggregation in a Multi-Model Ensemble of Radiative-Convective Equilibrium Simulations,  J. Adv. Model. Earth Syst, 12, e2020MS002138, doi:  10.1029/2020MS002138.

    Li, F., D. R. Chavas, K. A. Reed and D. T. Dawson II (2020),  Climatology of severe local storm environments and synoptic-scale features over North America in ERA5 reanalysis and CAM6 simulation,  J. Climate, 33, 8339–8365, doi:  10.1175/JCLI-D-19-0986.

    Akinsanola, A. A., G. J. Kooperman, A. G. Pendergrass, W. M. Hannah and K. A. Reed (2020),  Seasonal representation of extreme precipitation indices over the United States in CMIP6 present-day simulations,  Environ. Res. Lett., 15, 094003, doi:  10.1088/1748-9326/ab92c1.

    Stansfield, A. M., K. A. Reed, C. M. Zarzycki, P. A. Ullrich and D. R. Chavas (2020),  Assessing Tropical Cyclones’ Contribution to Precipitation over the Eastern United States and Sensitivity to the Variable-Resolution Domain Extent,  J. Hydrometeor., 21, 1425–1445, doi:  10.1175/JHM-D-19-0240.1.

    Stansfield, A. M., K. A. Reed and C. M. Zarzycki (2020),  Changes in Precipitation from North Atlantic Tropical Cyclones under RCP Scenarios in the Variable-Resolution Community Atmosphere Model,  Geophys. Res. Lett, 47, e2019GL086930, doi:  10.1029/2019GL086930.

    Moon, Y., D. Kim, S. J. Camargo, A. A. Wing, K. A. Reed, M. F. Wehner and M. Zhao (2020),  A new method to construct a horizontal resolution ‐dependent wind speed adjustment factor for tropical cyclones in global climate model simulations Geophys. Res. Letts, 47, e2020GL087528, doi:  10.1029/2020GL087528.

    Camargo, S. J., C. Giulivi, A. H. Sobel, A. A. Wing, D. Kim, Y. Moon, J. D. Strong, A. D. Del Genio, M. Kelley, H. Murakami, K. A. Reed, E. Scoccimarro, G. A. Vecchi, M. F. Wehner, C. M. Zarzycki and M. Zhao (2020),  Characteristics of model tropical cyclone climatology and the large-scale environmentJ. Climate, 33, 4463-4487, doi:  10.1175/JCLI-D-19-0500.1.

    Hagos, S., G. R. Foltz, C. Zhang, E. Thompson, H. Seo, S. Chen, A. Capotindi, K. A. Reed, C. DeMott and A. Protat (2020),  Atmospheric Convection and Air–Sea Interactions over the Tropical Oceans: Scientific Progress, Challenges, and Opportunities,  Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 101, E253–E258, doi:  10.1175/BAMS-D-19-0261.1.

    Moon, Y., D. Kim, S. J. Camargo, A. A. Wing, A. H. Sobel, H. Murakami, K. A. Reed, E. Scoccimarro, G. A. Vecchi, M. F. Wehner, C. M. Zarzycki and M. Zhao (2020),  Azimuthally Averaged Wind and Thermodynamic Structures of Tropical Cyclones in Global Climate Models and Their Sensitivity to Horizontal Resolution J. Climate, 33, 1575–1595, doi:  10.1175/JCLI-D-19-0172.1.

    Reed, K. A.,  A. M. Stansfield, M. F. Wehner, C. M. Zarzycki (2020),  Forecasted attribution of the human influence on Hurricane FlorenceScience Advances, 6, 1, doi:  10.1126/sciadv.aaw9253.

    Varuolo-Clarke, A. M., K. A. Reed and B. Medeiros (2019),  Characterizing the North American Monsoon in the Community Atmosphere Model: Sensitivity to Resolution and Topography J. Climate, 32, 8355–8372, doi:  10.1175/JCLI-D-18-0567.1.

    Wing, A. A., S. Camargo, A. H. Sobel, D. Kim, Y. Moon, H. Murakami, K. A. Reed, G. A. Vecchi, M. F. Wehner, C. M. Zarzycki and M. Zhao (2019),  Moist static energy budget analysis of tropical cyclone intensification in high-resolution climate models J. Climate, 32, 6071–6095, doi:  10.1175/JCLI-D-18-0599.1.

    Herrington, A. R., P. H. Lauritzen, K. A. Reed, S. Goldhaber and B. E. Eaton (2019),  Exploring a lower resolution physics grid in CAM-SE-CSLAMJ. Adv. Model. Earth Syst., 11, 1894–1916, doi:  10.1029/2019MS001684.

    Chavas, D. R., and K. A. Reed (2019),  Dynamical aquaplanet experiments with uniform thermal forcing: system dynamics and implications for tropical cyclone genesis and size J. Atmos. Sci., 76, 2257-2274, doi:  10.1175/JAS-D-19-0001.1.

    Zarzycki, C. M., C. Jablonowski, J. Kent, P. H. Lauritzen, R. Nair, K. A. Reed, P. A. Ullrich, D. Dazlich, R. Heikes, C. Konor, D. Randall, T. Dubos, Y. Meurdesoif, X. Chen, L. Harris, C. Kühnlein, V. Lee, A. Qaddouri, C. Girard, D. M. Hall, M. Giorgetta, D. Reinert, J. Klemp, S.-H. Park, W. Skamarock, H. Miura, T. Ohno, R.Yoshida, R. Walko, A. Reinecke and K. Viner (2019),  DCMIP2016: Results of the supercell testGeosci. Mod. Dev., 12, 879–892, doi:  10.5194/gmd-12-879-2019.

    Langendijk, G., C. Aubry-Wake, M. Osman, C. Gulizia, F. Attig-Bahar, E. Behrens, A. Bertoncini, N. Hart, V. S. Indasi, S. Innocenti, E. C. van der Linden, N. Mamnun, K. Rasouli, K. A. Reed, N. Ridder, J. Rivera, R. Ruscica, B. U. Ukazu, J. P. Walawender, D. P. Walker, B. J. Woodhams and Y. Yilmaz, (2019),  Three ways forwards to improve regional information for extreme events: an early career perspective Frontiers in Environmental Science, 7, doi:  10.3389/fenvs.2019.00006.

    Reed, K. A., J. T. Bacmeister,  J. J. A. HuffX. Wu, S. C. Bates and N. A. Rosenbloom (2019),  Exploring the impact of dust on North Atlantic hurricanes in a high -resolution climate modelGeophys. Res. Lett., 46, 1105–1112, doi:  10.1029/2018gl080642.

    Herrington, A. R., P. H. Lauritzen, M. A. Taylor, S. Goldhaber, B. E. Eaton, J. T. Bacmeister, K. A. Reed and P. A. Ullrich (2019),  Physics-dynamics coupling with element-based high-order Galerkin methods: quasi equal-area physics grid Mon. Wea. Rev., 147, 69–84, doi:  10.1175/MWR-D-18-0136.1.

    Frassoni, A., D. Castilho, M. Rixen, E. Ramirez, J.G. de Mattos, P. Kubota, A.J. Peixoto Calheiros, K.A. Reed, M.A. da Silva Dias, P.L. da Silva Dias, H.F. de Campos Velho, S.R. de Roode, F. Doblas-Reyes, D. Eiras, M. Ek, S.N. Figueroa, R. Forbes, S.R. Freitas, G.A. Grell, D.L. Herdies, P.H. Lauritzen, L.A. Machado, A.O. Manzi, G. Martins, G.S. Oliveira, N.E. Rosário, D.C. Sales, N. Wedi, and B. Yamada (2018),  Building the next generation of climate modelers: scale-aware physics parameterization and the ‘Grey Zone’ challenge Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 99, ES185–ES189, doi:  10.1175/BAMS-D-18-0145.1.

    Lauritzen, P. H., R. D. Nair,  A. R. Herrington, P. Callaghan, S. Goldhaber, J. M. Dennis, J. T. Bacmeister, B. E. Eaton, C. M. Zarzycki, M. A. Taylor, P. A. Ullrich, T. Dubos, A. Gettelman, R. B. Neale, B. Dobbins, K. A. Reed, C. Hannay, B. Medeiros, J. J. Benedict and J. J. Tribbia (2018),  NCAR Release of CAM-SE in CESM2.0: A reformulation of the spectral element dynamical core in dry-mass vertical coordinates with comprehensive treatment of condensates and energy J. Adv. Model. Earth Syst., 10, 1537-1570, doi:  10.1029/2017MS001257.

    Swart, N., J. Busecke, G. Langendijk, K. A. Reed, E. Behrens, A. Frassoni, N. Baker, J. Durgadoo, V. Dike and D. Nath (2018),  Reflections on the CLIVAR Early Career Scientists Symposium 2016npj Climate and Atmospheric Science, 1, 6, doi:  10.1038/s41612-018-0015-y.

    Herrington, A. R. and K. A. Reed (2018),  An idealized test of the response of the Community Atmosphere Model to near grid-scale forcing across hydrostatic resolutions,   J. Adv. Model. Earth Syst., 10, 560–575, doi:  10.1002/2017MS001078.

    Wing, A. A., K. A. Reed, M. Satoh, S. Bony, B. Stevens and T. Ohno (2018),  Radiative-Convective Equilibrium Model Intercomparison ProjectGeosci. Mod. Dev., 11, 793-813, doi:  10.5194/gmd-11-793-2018.

    Wehner, M. F., K. A. Reed, B. Loring, D. Stone and H. Krishnan (2018),  Changes in tropical cyclones under stabilized 1.5°C and 2.0°C global warming scenarios as simulated by the Community Atmospheric Model under the HAPPI protocols Earth System Dyn., 9, 187-195, doi:  10.5194/esd-9-187-2018.

    Bacmeister, J. T., K. A. Reed, C. Hannay, P. J. Lawrence, S. C. Bates, J. E. Truesdale, N. A. Rosenbloom and M. N. Levy (2018),  Projected changes in tropical cyclone activity under future warming scenarios using a high-resolution climate model Climatic Change, 146, 547-560, doi:  10.1007/s10584-016-1750-x.

    Ullrich, P. A., C. Jablonowski, J. Kent, P. H. Lauritzen, R. Nair, K. A. Reed, C. M. Zarzycki, D. Dazlich, R. Heikes, C. Konor, D. Randall, T. Dubos, Y. Meurdesoif, X. Chen, L. Harris, C. Kühnlein, V. Lee, A. Qaddouri, C. Girard, D. M. Hall, M. Giorgetta, D. Reinert, J. Klemp, S.-H. Park, W. Skamarock, H. Miura, T. Ohno, R.Yoshida, R. Walko, A. Reinecke and K. Viner (2017),  DCMIP2016: A Review of Non-hydrostatic Dynamical Core Design and Intercomparison of Participating Models Geosci. Mod. Dev., 10, 4477-4509, doi:  10.5194/gmd-10-4477-2017.

    Chavas, D. R., K. A. Reed and J. A. Knaff (2017),  Physical understanding of the tropical cyclone wind-pressure relationshipNature Communications, 8, 1360, doi:  10.1038/s41467-017-01546-9.

    Ling, J., W. P. Kegelmeyer, K. Aditya, H. Kolla, K. A. Reed, T. M. Shead and W. L. Davis (2017),  Using Feature Importance Metrics to Detect Events of Interest in Scientific Computing Applications 2017 IEEE 7th Symposium on Large Data Analysis and Visualization (LDAV), October 2, 2017.

    Rauser, F., M. Alqadi, S. Arowolo, N. Baker, J. Bedard, E. Behrens, N. Dogulu, L. G. Domingues, A. Frassoni, J. Keller, S. Kirkpatrick, G. Langendijk, S. Mohammad, M. Mirsafa, A. K. Naumann, M. Osman, K. A. Reed, M. Rothmuller, V. Schemann, A. Singh, S. Sonntag, F. Tummon, D. V. Nnamdi, M. Villafuerte J. P. Walawender and M. Zaroug (2017),  Earth System Science Frontiers – an ECS perspectiveBull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 98, 1120-1127, doi:  10.1175/BAMS-D-16-0025.1.

    Herrington, A. R. and K. A. Reed (2017),  An Explanation for the Sensitivity of the Mean State of the Community Atmosphere Model to Horizontal Resolution on Aquaplanets J. Climate, 30, 4781-4797, doi:  10.1175/JCLI-D-16-0069.1.

    Wehner, M. F., K. A. Reed and C. M. Zarzycki (2017),  High-Resolution Multi-Decadal Simulation of Tropical Cyclones, In  Hurricanes and Climate Change, Springer, Vol. 3, 187-211, doi:  10.1007/978-3-319-47594-3_8.

    Scoccimarro, E., P. G. Fogli, K. A. Reed, S. Gualdi, S. Masina, A. Navarra (2017),  Tropical cyclone interaction with the ocean: the role of high frequency (sub-daily) coupled processes J. Climate, 30, 145-162, doi:  10.1175/JCLI-D-16-0292.1.

    Pendergrass, A. G., K. A. Reed and B. Medeiros (2016),  The link between extreme precipitation and convective organization in a warming climate: Global radiative convective equilibrium simulations Geophys. Res. Lett., 43, 11445-11452, doi:  10.1002/2016GL071285.

    Bony, S., B. Stevens, D. Coppin, T. Becker, K. A. Reed, A. Voigt and B. Medeiros (2016),  Thermodynamic control of anvil-cloud amountProc. Natl. Acad. Sci, 113 (32), 8927-8932, doi:  10.1073/pnas.1601472113.

    Hall, D. M., P. A. Ullrich, K. A. Reed, C. Jablonowski, R. D. Nair, and H. M. Tufo (2016),  Dynamical Core Model Intercomparison Project (DCMIP) Tracer Transport Test Results for CAM-SE Quart. J. Roy. Met. Soc., 142, 1672-1684, doi:  10.1002/qj.2761.

    Zarzycki, C. M., K. A. Reed, J. T. Bacmeister, A. P. Craig, S. C. Bates and N. A. Rosenbloom (2016),  Impact of surface coupling grids on tropical cyclone extremes in high-resolution atmospheric simulations Geosci. Mod. D ev., 9, 779-788, doi:  10.5194/gmd-9-779-2016.

    Reed, K. A. and B. Medeiros (2016),  A reduced complexity framework to bridge the gap between AGCMs and cloud-resolving models Geophys. Res. Lett., 43, 860-866, doi: 10.1002/2015GL066713.

    Reed, K.A. and D. R. Chavas (2015),  Uniformly rotating global radiative-convective equilibrium in the Community Atmosphere Model, version 5 J. Adv. Model. Earth Syst., 7, 1938-1955, doi:  10.1002/2015MS000519.

    Ullrich, P. A., K. A. Reed, and C. Jablonowski (2015),  Analytical initial conditions and an analysis of baroclinic instability waves in  f– and  β-plane 3D channel models Quart. J. Roy. Met. Soc., 141, 2972-2988, doi:  10.1 002/qj.2583.

    Walsh, K. J. E., S. Camargo, G. Vecchi, A. S. Daloz, J. Elsner, K. Emanuel, M. Horn, Y.-K. Lim, M. Roberts, C. Patricola, E. Scoccimarro, A. Sobel, S. Strazzo, G. Villarini, M. Wehner, M. Zhao, J. Kossin, T. LaRow, K. Oouchi, S. Schubert, H. Wang, J. Bacmeister, P, Chang, F. Chauvin, C. Jablonowski, A. Kumar, H. Murakami, T. Ose, K. A. Reed, R Saravanan, Y. Yamada, C. M. Zarzycki, P.-L. Vidale, J. A. Jonas and N. Henderson (2015),  Hurricanes and climate: the U.S. CLIVAR working group on hurricanesBull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 96, 997-1017, doi:  10.1175/BAMS-D-13-00242.1.

    Reed, K. A., J. T. Bacmeister, N. A. Rosenbloom, M. F. Wehner, S. C. Bates, P. H. Lauritzen, J. E. Truesdale, and C. Hannay (2015),  Impact of the dynamical core on the direct simulation of tropical cyclones in a high-resolution global model Geophys. Res. Lett., 42, 3603-3608, doi:  10.1002/2015GL063974.

    Wehner, M. F., Prabhat, K. A. Reed, D. Stone, W. D. Collins, and J. T. Bacmeister (2015),  Resolution dependence of future tropical cyclone projections of CAM5.1 in the US CLIVAR Hurricane Working Group idealized configurations J. Climate, 28, 3905-3925, doi:  10.1175/JCLI-D-14-00311.1.

    Reed, K. A., B. Medeiros, J. T. Bacmeister, and P. H. Lauritzen (2015),  Global radiative-convective equilibrium in the Community Atmosphere Model, version 5 J. Atmos. Sci., 72, 2183-2197, doi:  10.1175/JAS-D-14-0268.1.

    Shaevitz, D. A., S. J. Camargo, A. H. Sobel, J. A. Jones, D. Kim, A. Kumar, T. E. LaRow, Y.-K. Lim, H. Murakami, K. A. Reed, M. J. Roberts, E. Scoccimarro, H. Wang, M. F. Wehner, M. Zhao (2014),  Characteristics of tropical cyclones in high-resolution models of the present climate,  J. Adv. Model. Earth Syst., 6, 1154-1172, doi:  10.1002/2014MS000372.

    Wehner, M. F., K. A. Reed, F. Li, Prabhat, J. T. Bacmeister, C.-T. Chen, C. Paciorek, P. Gleckler, K. Sperber, W. D. Collins, A. Gettelman and C. Jablonowski (2014),  The effect of horizontal resolution on simulation quality in the Community Atmospheric Model, CAM5.1 J. Adv. Model. Earth Syst., 6, 980-997, doi:  10.1002/2013MS000276.

    Villarini, G., D. A. Lavers, E. Scoccimarro, M. Zhao, M. F. Wehner, G. A. Vecchi, T. R. Knutson, and K. A. Reed (2014),  Sensitivity of tropical cyclone rainfall to idealized global scale forcingsJ. Climate27, 4622–4641, doi:  10.1175/JCLI-D-13-00780.1.

    Reed, K. A., C. Jablonowski and M. A. Taylor (2012),  Tropical cyclones in the spectral element configuration of the Community Atmosphere Model Atmos. Sci. Lett ., 13, 303-310, doi: 10.1002/asl.399.

    Reed, K. A. and C. Jablonowski (2012),  Idealized tropical cyclone simulations of intermediate complexity: a test case for AGCMs J. Adv. Model. Earth Syst., 4, M04001, doi: 10.1029/2011MS000099.

    Reed, K. A. and C. Jablonowski (2011c),  Assessing the uncertainty of tropical cyclone simulations in NCAR’s Community Atmosphere Model J. Adv. Model. Earth Syst., 3, M08002, doi: 10.1029/2011MS000076.

    Reed, K. A. and C. Jablonowski (2011b),  Impact of physical parameterizations on idealized tropical cyclones in the Community Atmosphere Model Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L04805, doi: 10.1029/2010GL046297.

    Reed, K. A. and C. Jablonowski (2011a),  An analytic vortex initialization technique for idealized tropical cyclone studies in AGCMs Mon. Wea. Rev., 139, 689-710, doi: 10.1175/2010MWR3488.1.

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