HPC MSU
Name:Andrew Mercer
Associated Centers:Geosystems Research Institute
Position:Faculty
Email: mercer@hpc.msstate.edu
Office:Hilbun Hall, 302A
Office Phone:(662) 325-3915
Address:108 Hilbun Hall
P. O. Box 5448
Mississippi State, MS 39762-5448

Research Interest: Dr. Andrew Mercer is a meteorologist whose previous research has involved using artificial intelligence and advanced statistics to model weather phenomena. He used advanced resampling statistics techniques to compare and contrast the dynamics of synoptic storms that occur over the three primary synoptic storm tracks. Andrew’s Ph.D. research involved the classification of tornado outbreaks from non-tornadic outbreaks using statistics and artificial intelligence methods, particularly support vector machines. He also utilized statistical analysis techniques to create synoptic composites of each severe weather outbreak type. Currently, Dr. Mercer is working on a project investigating visualization techniques for uncertainty in numerical weather prediction ensembles. Dr. Mercer is also involved in research investigating tornado risk and vulnerability nation-wide, and has begun work investigating the physics involved in the rapid intensification of tropical cyclones.

Hobbies:When not at work, Andrew enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, playing basketball, and working with computers. He is also a big fan of the Utah Jazz and the Oklahoma Sooners. He has done a little storm chasing while in Oklahoma and hopes to return to chase again someday.

Publications: Mercer, A., Dyer, J., & Zhang, S. (2013). Warm-season Thermodynamically-driven Rainfall Prediction with Support Vector Machines. Procedia Computer Science. Missouri University of Science and Technology. 20, 128-133. DOI:10.1016/j.procs.2013.09.250.

Dixon, P. G., Mercer, A., Choi, J. M., & Allen, J. S. (2011). Tornado Risk Analysis: Is Dixie Alley an Extension of Tornado Alley? Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. 92, 433-441.

Mercer, A., Shafer, C. M., Doswell, C. A., Richman, M. B., & Leslie, L. M. (2009). Objective Classification of Tornadic and Nontornadic Severe Weather Outbreaks. Monthly Weather Review. American Meteorological Society. 137, 4355-4368. [Document]

Shafer, C. M., Mercer, A., Doswell, C. A., & Richman, M. B. (2009). Evaluation of WRF Forecasts of Tornadic and Nontornadic Outbreaks When. Monthly Weather Review. American Meteorological Society. 137, 1250-1271. [Document]

Mercer, A., Bluestein, H. B., Richman, M. B., & Brown, J. M. (2008). Statistical Modeling of Downslope Windstorms in Boulder, Colorado. Weather and Forecasting. American Meteorological Society. 23, 1176-1194. [Document]

Total Publications by this Author: 18