HPC MSU
Name:Patrick J. Fitzpatrick
Associated Centers:Geosystems Research Institute
Northern Gulf Institute
Position:Faculty
Email: fitz@ngi.msstate.edu
Office:Stennis Space Center,
Office Phone:(228) 688-1157
Alternate Phone:(985) 788-9486
Address:MSU Science and Technology Center
1021 Balch Blvd
Stennis Space Center, MS 39529

Biography:Dr. Pat Fitzpatrick is currently an associate research professor at the Geosystems Research Institute (GRI) at Mississippi State University. Since arriving at GRI in May 2001, his recent work includes: hurricane intensity and structure research; numerical modeling; data assimilation; severe weather; storm surge research; Gulf Coast sea breeze climatology; wetland studies; oil spill analysis; visualization techniques; and miscellaneous atmospheric science activities. He was also involved in a NASA business incubator program at Stennis Space Center which resulted in the commercialization of storm surge and atmospheric modeling products at WorldWinds, Inc. and WXWORX. He has authored or co-authored 16 peer-review journal articles, 2 books, and numerous other types of literatures. Fitzpatrick actively participates and presents in 10-20 conferences/workshops annually, and volunteers as a forecaster for the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency during hurricane threats.


Prior to Dr. Fitzpatrick’s appointment at GRI, he was an assistant professor of meteorology at Jackson State University from November 1995 through May 2001. He taught undergraduate meteorology classes of wide-ranging subjects, two undergraduate general science classes on technology, and a UNIX system administration class. He upgraded the computer facilities, and hired students and research associates for research activities on hurricanes and weather modeling.


Fitzpatrick earned a B.S. in meteorology at Texas A&M University in 1988, followed by a M.S. in 1992 with a thesis on numerical modeling of hurricane genesis. His doctorate work was performed at Colorado State University from 1992-1995 under Dr. Bill Gray, with a dissertation on satellite applications to predicting hurricane intensity. While a graduate student, Fitzpatrick was employed as a graduate teaching assistant, lab assistant, VAX computer consultant, and weather forecaster for Shell Oil Company.


For more detailed information on Fitzpatrick’s past and current research activities (including pdf files of publications, posters, and presentations), please visit his personal website at http://www.drfitz.net .




Research Interest: Weather forecasting, hurricanes, numerical modeling

Hobbies:Avid inshore saltwater fisherman

Publications: Fitzpatrick, P. J., Lau, Y. H., Kim, H., Chen, S., & Yablonsky, R. (2014). Case Study Validation of HWRF and COAMPS Ocean Coupling for Hurricane Isaac (2012). International Conference on Mesoscale Meteorology and Tropical Cyclones. Boulder, CO.

Zaron, E. D., Fitzpatrick, P. J., Cross, S. L., Harding, J. M., Bub, F. L., Wiggert, J. D., Ko, D., Lau, Y. H., Woodard, K., & Mooers, C. N. K. (2014). Initial Evaluations of a U. S. Navy Rapidly Relocatable Gulf of Mexico/Caribbean Ocean Forecast System in the Context of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Disaster. In Zaron, E. D., Fitzpatrick, P. J., Cross, S. L., Harding, J. M., Bub, F. L., Wiggert, J. D., Ko, D., Lau, Y. H., Woodard, K., & Mooers, C. N. K. (2014). Initial Evaluations of a U. S. Navy Rapidly Relocatable Gulf of Mexico/Caribbean Ocean Forecast Sys (Eds.), Stennis Space Center, MS: Naval Research Laboratory.

Fitzpatrick, P. J., Lau, Y. H., Nicinska, J., Moorhead, R. J.,, Leonardi, A., Skarke, A., Chadwick, R., & Kincaid, R. (2014). The Tropical Cyclone ExperiMental Program to Enable Unmanned Surface SysTems (TEMPEST). International Conference on Mesoscale Meteorology and Tropical Cyclones. Boulder, CO.

Fitzpatrick, P. J., & Lau, Y. H. (2014). Assessing Statistical Climate Variability from the TAO Buoy Array. Stennis Space Center, MS: National Data Buoy Center.

Fitzpatrick, P. J., & Lau, Y. H. (2014). An Examination of Ocean-Forcing Issues in HWRF-POM and HWRF-HYCOM. Stennis Space Center, MS: Northern Gulf Institute.

Total Publications by this Author: 166