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Dr. Ismail Yucel

Assistant Professor

Ismail Yucel received the B.Sc. degree from Department of Meteorological Engineering at Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey, in 1993. He received his M.Sc. and PhD degrees from Department of Hydrology and Water Resources at University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, in December 1996 and in December 2000, respectively. He then continued his academic career as Post-Doctoral Associate at the same department until June 2002. In August 2002, he joined the Hampton University at Hampton, Virginia, where he is currently an Assistant Professor of Planetary and Atmospheric Sciences Department.

Dr. Yucel is currently a Principal Investigator (PI) on the NOAA’s award to develop orographic correction method for GOES-10 rainfall data. He was also PI on the NASA’s Virginia Access and Middle Atlantic Geospatial Information Consortium (MAGIC) Award to George Mason University to provide hydrometeorological system modeling and crop management simulations. He is currently Co-PI on the NOAA’s Cooperative Remote Sensing Science & Technology Center (CREST) Award to provide improved weather forecasting for NOAA and serving as Consultant to scientists at Istanbul Technical University for simulation of snow cover in Turkey using a regional climate model. He was Co-Investigator on the NASA’s Earth Observing Satellites (EOS) Project to utilize EOS Data in quantifying the processes controlling the hydrologic cycle in arid/semi-arid regions. He is also serving in the proposal review committee of NOAA’s Climate Division.

Dr.Yucel is currently a member of American Meteorological Society (AMS), American Geophysical Union (AGU), and International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS).

Research Interests: Dr. Yucel’s research interests include regional hydrometeorological modeling coupled with land-surface and atmosphere, numerical weather prediction, satellite data assimilation including cloud and land surface properties, and field measurements for meteorology and hydrology. His research has been consistently published in several prestigious journals and in many international conferences in the field. Dr. Yucel has solid expertise in using, applying and analyzing the world’s most common weather and climate forecasting models. He developed new algorithms in these models to utilize advanced remotely sensed data products available from NASA and NOAA satellite mission programs. His research contributions improved these model’s prediction ability further.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF File)


  • Bay, E., I. Yucel, T. Kovacs, and P. McCormick, “Effects of implementing satellite observed aerosols into a mesoscale atmosphere model”, International Journal of Remote Sensing, (Accepted), 2009.
  • Yucel, I., R. J. Kuligowski, D. J. Gochis, “Evaluating the Hydro-Estimator Satellite Rainfall Algorithm over a Mountainous Region”, International Journal of Remote Sensing, (Accepted), 2009. 
  • Yucel, I., 2006: “Effects of Implementing MODIS Land Cover and Albedo in MM5 at two contrasting U.S. regions”, Journal of Hydrometeorology, 7, 1043-1060.
  • Yucel, I., R. J. Kuligowski, and D. Gochis, 2005: “Evaluating the Hydro-Estimator Satellite Rainfall Algorithm over a Mountainous Region”, Journal of Hydrometeorology, [in review].
  • Yucel, I., W. J. Shuttleworth, X. Gao, and S. Sorooshian, 2003: “Short-Term Performance of MM5 with Cloud-Cover Assimilation from Satellite Observations”, Monthly Weather Review, 131, 1797-1810.