Yolande L. Serra

Senior Research Scientist

Yolande Serra BS (cum laude), Physics/Biophysics, University of California San Diego, 1990
PhD, Physical Oceanography, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 1996

E-mail: yserra@uw.edu
Office: 140 Wallace Hall
3737 Brooklyn Ave NE, Box 355672
Seattle, WA  98105
Tel: (206) 616-5154
Fax: (206) 685-3397

Research Interests

Dr Serra's work focuses on exploring links between weather and climate, with a particular focus on the Intra-Americas Sea (IAS) and the tropical northeastern Pacific regions and their links to the climate of the southwestern United States.  Her work includes investigating the variability, origins and tracks of synoptic disturbances across the IAS, also known as easterly waves, which are the precursors to the majority of hurricanes in both the Atlantic and East Pacific basins.  Dr. Serra also has an interest in tropical - extra-tropical interactions that influence North American monsoon rainfall.  These interactions can result from easterly waves, tropical cyclones or intraseasonal modes of variability of the tropical northeastern or western Pacific.  Most recently, Dr. Serra has been involved with measuring tropospheric water vapor using GPS technology, with installations in northwest Mexico and southeastern Arizona, which, together with the GPS network recently installed in the Caribbean, now provide a spatially continuous, realtime, all-weather observational network for water vapor from the IAS into the southwestern United States.  These areas of research contribute to the current understanding of the regional water cycle and convective organization over tropical land areas and in the semi-arid monsoon regions, with important consequences for operational forecasts on synpotic to seasonal time scales.  In addition, climate models project drier conditions for the IAS and southwestern United States in the future.  Thus, understanding the links between weather and climate in these regions is of particular importance for both assessing the uncertainty in the model projections as well as translating the impact of these projections to the local scale.

Current Projects

Shallow-to-Deep Convective Transition in the Amazon, Department of Energy, Atmospheric System Research Program

Impact of Total Column Water Vapor Measurements on Short- to Medium- Range Forecasts of the North American Monsoon Precipitation, National Science Foundation/Climate and Large-Scale Dynamics and Physical and Dynamic Meteorology Programs

TLALOCNet – A continuous GPS-MET array in Mexico for atmospheric, climatic, and seismotectonic research in the Americas, National Science Foundation, Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Grant

Establishing a multi-sensor observation network for hydrologic, meteorologic, and environmental science in southern Arizona, Water, Environmental and Energy Solutions, University of Arizona, Equipment / Infrastructure Grant

Select Peer-Reviewed Publications

In preparation or submitted

Moker, J., C. Castro, Y. Serra, D. Adams and A. Arellano, 2016: Impact Of Precipitable Water On Forecasting The 2013 North American Monsoon. In preparation.

Serra, Y. L, A. J. Fears, J. Moker, A. Arellano, D. Adams and C. Castro, 2016: Validation of MODIS and GOES Total Precipitable Water Over Northwest Mexico Using Surface GPS Technology.  In preparation.

Serra, Y. L., and K. Geil, 2016: Historical and Projected Intra-Americas Sea TD-Wave Activity in Selected IPCC AR5 Models.  J. Climate, submitted.

Published 

Serra, Y. L., D. K. Adams, A. Arellano, C. Castro, C. M Sosa, A. Quintanar, L. Alatorre, A, G, Olivas, and E, V. Becerra, 2015: The North American Monsoon GPS Transect Experiment 2013. Bull. Am. Meteorol. Soc., 2016, accepted.

Lahmers, T., C. Castro, Y. L Serra and J. J. Brost, 2016: Long-term changes in the climatology of transient inverted troughs over the North American Monsoon region and their effects on severe weather.  J. Climate, 17, 6037-6064.

Serra, Y. L., X. Jiang, B. Tian, J. Amador, E. C. Maloney and G N Kiladis, 2014: Tropical Intraseasonal Oscillations and Synoptic Variability.  Annu. Rev. Env. Resour., 39, 189–215.  doi: 0.1146/annurev-environ-020413-134219.

Adams, David, Carlos Minjarez Sosa, Yolande Serra, Arturo Quintanar, Luis Alatorre, Alfredo Granados Olivas, and Esteban Vázquez Becerra, 2014: The North American Monsoon GPS Transect Experiment 2013.  EOS95(7), 61-62.

Serra, Y. L., X. Jiang, B. Tian, J. Amador, E. C. Maloney and G N Kiladis, 2014: Tropical Intraseasonal Oscillations and Synoptic Variability.  Annu. Rev. Env. Resour., 39, 189–215.  doi: 0.1146/annurev-environ-020413-134219.

Adams, David, Carlos Minjarez Sosa, Yolande Serra, Arturo Quintanar, Luis Alatorre, Alfredo Granados Olivas, and Esteban Vázquez Becerra, 2014: The North American Monsoon GPS Transect Experiment 2013.  EOS95(7), 61-62.

Seastrand, S., Y. Serra, C. Castro, and E. A. Ritchie, 2014: The Dominant Modes of North American Monsoon Sub-Seasonal Precipitation Variability.  Intl. J. Climatol., doi:10.1002/joc.4104.

Crosbie, E., and Y. Serra, 2013: Intra-seasonal Modulation of Synoptic Scale Disturbances and Tropical Cyclone Genesis in the Eastern North Pacific.  J. Climate27, 5724-5745. doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-13-00399.1.

Geil, K. L., Y. L. Serra and X. Zeng, 2013: Assessment of CMIP5 Model Simulation of the North American Monsoon System.  J. Climate, 26(22), 8787-8801.  doi/10.1175/JCLI-D-13-00044.1.

Sheffield, J., et al., 2013a:  North American Climate in CMIP5 Experiments.  Part I: Evaluation of 20th Century Continental and Regional Climatology.  J. Climate26, 9209-9245. doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-12-00592.1.

Sheffield, J., et al., 2013b:  North American Climate in CMIP5 Experiments.  Part II: Evaluation of 20th Century Intra-Seasonal to Decadal Variability.  J. Climate26, 9247-9290.  doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-12-00593.1.

Maloney, E., et al., 2013: North American Climate in CMIP5 Experiments.  Part III: Assessment of 21st Century Projections.  J. Climate, 27, 2230-2270.  doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-13-00273.1.

Waliser, D., M. Moncrief, et al., 2011: The "Year" of Tropical Convection (May 2008 to April 2010) Variabilility and weather highlights.  Bull. Am. Meteorol. Soc., 93 (8), doi:10.1175/2011BAMS3095.1.

Mickett, J. B., Y. L. Serra, M. F. Cronin, and M. H. Alford, 2010: Resonant Forcing of Mixed Layer Inertial Motions by Atmospheric Easterly Waves in the Northeastern Tropical Pacific, J. Phys. Oceanogr., 40, 401-416.

Serra, Y. L., G. Kiladis, and K. Hodges, 2010: Tracking and Mean Structure of Easterly Waves Over the Intra-Americas Sea. J. Climate23, 4823-4840. 

Community Outreach

Serra, Y., (2014, November 30). Improving Monsoon Forecasts Using GPSArizona Daily Star, p. U29.
 
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