Emily McCarthy, '02, shares the science behind her job monitoring volcanoes and hurricanes at a Geology Department colloquium Friday, March 21, at 2:15 p.m. in Norris Science Center Towsley Hall.
McCarthy is an associate scientific analyst with Science Systems and Applications, Inc. (SSAI) and works at the NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction in the satellite analysis branch. She is charged with monitoring volcanoes and volcanic ash in the continental U.S., Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and part of northern South America. McCarthy also works the tropical desk, supporting the National Hurricane Center and several other tropical cyclone centers around the world. McCarthy's work is used by airline pilots, weather forecasters and government agencies to prepare for dangerous situations that can arise from these climate activities.
McCarthy earned a master's degree and a doctorate from Michigan Technological University focused on remote sensing of volcanic ash plumes. She has also worked with the National Research Council Naval Research Laboratory.