Kevin A. Reed

Associate Professor

Ph.D., 2012, University of Michigan

Climate Modeling; Tropical Cyclones; Climate Extremes; Atmospheric Dynamics

Climate Extremes Modeling Group


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?

Research Interests

Prof. Reed received his Ph.D. in 2012 from the University of Michigan where he studied the ability of NCAR’s Community Atmosphere Model (CAM) to simulate tropical cyclones at high-resolutions (< 50 km grid spacing). His research interests include understanding the capability of global models to simulate extreme weather events and the impact of model design choices on the simulation of such extremes. This incorporates developing simplified, reduced complexity test beds to study extremes in a global context. Furthermore, Dr. Reed studies how extreme events, including tropical cyclones, may change as a result of a changing climate


Selected Publications

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 TopographyJ. 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 modelsJ. 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 sizeJ. 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 perspectiveFrontiers 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 gridMon. 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’ challengeBull. 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 energyJ. 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 protocolsEarth 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 modelClimatic 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 ModelsGeosci. 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 Applications2017 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 AquaplanetsJ. 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 processesJ. 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 simulationsGeophys. 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-SEQuart. 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 simulationsGeosci. Mod. Dev., 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 modelsGeophys. 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 5J. 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 modelsQuart. J. Roy. Met. Soc., 141, 2972-2988, doi: 10.1002/qj.2583.

Walsh, Kevin 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 hurricanes, Bull. 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, 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 forcings, J. Climate, 27, 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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