Kyle Chudler is a hydrometeorologist at RTI who performs meteorological analysis of historical precipitation to develop precipitation-frequency relationships for various storm types across a wide spectrum of climate types and topographies. These precipitation-frequency relationships are then used in conjunction with hydrological models to conduct probabilistic flood hazard analyses, which are used by organizations (including Duke Energy, BC Hydro, and the Tennessee Valley Authority) to assess flood risk for dams and other structures. Currently, Dr. Chudler is involved in a project with the Colorado Basin River Forecast Center (CBRFC) to examine the role of SNOTEL weather stations in water supply forecasts. These stations provide point measurements of snowpack depth, water content, temperature, and more across the Rockies. This study seeks to quantify the impact of SNOTEL site measurements on hydrological models and water supply forecasts made by CBRFC. Dr. Chudler is also involved in several projects looking to incorporate the effects of a warming climate into water supply forecasts and risk analysis. Dr. Chudler is a member of the American Geophysical Union.
PhD, Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University
MS, Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University
BS, Earth Systems Science and Engineering, University of Michigan