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Modeling Meteotsunamis on the Great Lakes

Eric Anderson, 2007 Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Eric J. Anderson began working with CIGLR researchers in 2007 as a postdoctoral research fellow. He then served as an assistant research scientist at CIGLR and a physical scientist at NOAA GLERL, where he developed real-time hydrodynamic-ice forecast systems for lakes and rivers to support navigation, spill response, search and rescue operations, drinking water safety, and numerical weather prediction. Anderson also worked to inform storm surge warning systems and to better understand the mechanical forces that shape our Great Lakes aquatic environments.

Currently, Anderson is an Associate Professor in Civil & Environmental Engineering and the Hydrologic Science and Engineering Program at the Colorado School of Mines. His research focuses on the interactions between the hydrosphere, cryosphere, and atmosphere, wherein he uses numerical modeling to study Earth’s largest lakes and rivers, extreme storms (meteotsunamis), coastal flooding, lake-effect precipitation, and the impacts on the ecosystem.