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Hannah C Barnes

Advanced Study & Development
Post Doctorate RA B
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
MSIN: K9-24
Richland, WA 99352


Dr. Hannah C Barnes' research focuses on using radars to understand how ice and snow are organized within convection. Previously she has studied convection using space-borne and ground-based scanning radars operating at numerous frequencies. She has also participated as a radar scientist in two field campaigns and has used radar data to evaluate numerical simulations. Her current work investigates how vertical motion impacts the distribution of precipitation particles in tropical convection.

Research Interests

  • Tropical convection
  • Dual-polarimetric radar observations
  • Ice and mixed phase processes

Education and Credentials

  • Ph.D., Atmospheric Science, University of Washington
  • M.S., Atmospheric Science, University of Washington
  • B.S., Atmospheric Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • American Meteorological Society
  • American Geophysical Union
  • National Postdoctoral Association

Awards and Recognitions

  • 2016 Editors’ Citation for Excellence in refereeing for JGR-Atmospheres

PNNL Publications


  • Houze RA, LA Mcmurdie, W Petersen, MR Schwaller, B Baccus, J Lundquist, CS Mass, B Nijssen, SA Rutledge, D Hudak, S Tanelli, J Mace, M Poellot, DP Lettenmaier, J Zagrodnik, AK Rowe, JC Dehart, L Madaus, and HC Barnes. 2017. "The Olympic Mountains Experiment (OLYMPEX)." Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 98(10):2167-2188.  doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-16-0182.1


  • Barnes HC, and RA Houze. 2016. "Comparison of observed and simulated spatial patterns of ice microphysical processes in tropical oceanic mesoscale convective systems." Journal of Geophysical Research. D. (Atmospheres) 121(14):8269-8296.  doi:10.1002/2016JD025074

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