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Corene Matyas - University of Florida. Gainesville, FL, US

Corene Matyas

Professor | University of Florida

Gainesville, FL, UNITED STATES

Corene Matyas researches the spatial analysis of rainfall from tropical cyclones.


Corene Matyas is a geology professor who teaches courses on hurricanes, atmospheric teleconnections, climatology and data analysis using GIS. Her research areas of specialization include tropical climatology, hurricanes, severe weather and remote sensing of rainfall.

Areas of Expertise (3)


Severe Weather

Tropical Cyclones

Media Appearances (3)

Why Cyclone Idai was so destructive

National Geographic  online


Cyclone Idai may have killed more than 1,000 people and left 400,000 homeless near the port city of Beira in the southeastern African nation of Mozambique.

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Cyclone Kenneth Threatens Africa - Will The World Pay Attention This Time?

Forbes  online


Back in mid-March, I wrote a piece for Forbes urging people to pay attention to Tropical Cyclone Idai. It was bearing down on extremely vulnerable populations in parts of African.

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Conditions were ripe for Hurricane Michael's 'rapid intensification'

NBC News  online


When Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle early Wednesday afternoon, it became the most intense hurricane to hit the region in more than 150 years.

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Articles (4)

Integrated Academic, Research, and Professional Experiences for 2-Year College Students Lowered Barriers in STEM Engagement: A Case Study in Geosciences

Journal of STEM Outreach

Jasmeet Judge, et. al


Two-year community college (CC) students face many barriers for recruitment and retention into Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields and vertical transfer to 4-year universities (4YUs). Experiential learning, mentoring and cohort building are effective mechanisms for increasing STEM recruitment and retention and close collaborations between CCs and 4YUs leverage complementary opportunities, supporting vertical transfer.

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Simulating the Effects of Land Surface Characteristics on Planetary Boundary Layer Parameters for a Modeled Landfalling Tropical Cyclone


Yu Wang, et. al


This study examined whether varying moisture availability and roughness length for the land surface under a simulated Tropical Cyclone (TC) could affect its production of precipitation. The TC moved over the heterogeneous land surface of the southeastern U.S. in the control simulation, while the other simulations featured homogeneous land surfaces that were wet rough, wet smooth, dry rough and dry smooth.

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Two-Year College Students Report Multiple Benefits From Participation in an Integrated Geoscience Research, Coursework, and Outreach Internship Program

Community College Review

Kathryn A. Stofer, et. al


Despite the availability of high-paying, high-demand careers, few women and students from underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities enter undergraduate programs understanding what the geosciences are and associated available career opportunities. This problem is compounded for students from backgrounds underrepresented in the United States. High-impact practices, such as mentoring, internships, undergraduate research experiences and cohort-building, increase recruitment and retention of underrepresented students in science, technology, engineering and math at 4-year institutions.

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Regionalization of precipitation associated with tropical cyclones using spatial metrics and satellite precipitation

GIScience & Remote Sensing

Yao Zhou, et. al


Precipitation associated with landfalling tropical cyclones (TCs) poses a significant flood risk to vast regions along and inland of the coasts. Quantifying spatial characteristics of tropical cyclone precipitation (TCP) and defining homogeneous rainfall regions can benefit forecasts and hazard mitigation of TCs. This work aims to evaluate the application of spatial metrics and satellite precipitation data in characterizing precipitation associated with landfalling TCs over the North Atlantic.

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