Faculty member Peter Webster featured in Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine
Peter Webster is not your typical meteorologist. While your local TV weatherman is doing the green-screen dance and hedging bets against this afternoon’s cloudburst, Webster, a professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, is using Big Data and advanced algorithms he personally developed to predict monsoons in Bangladesh and heat waves in India—almost two weeks ahead of time.
Webster’s foresight is more than a matter of mere convenience to those affected by his forecasts. With advance notice, farmers and residents in these severe-weather-prone areas can get themselves and their possessions to safety. Indeed, Webster and his team are using Big Data to save lives—and livelihoods—on a large scale.
Dr. Webster received his Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1972. He began his career at Georgia Tech in 2002 where his research interests include low-frequency atmospheric and ocean dynamics, ocean-atmosphere interactions, and wave propagation through complex flows. In 2006, Peter became the Chief Scientist and co-founder of Climate Forecast Application Network (CFAN), a Georgia Tech enterprise company. In 2016, Dr. Webster received the Georgia Tech Sigma Xi Sustained Research Award. Dr. Webster is a Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Geophysical Union, American Meteorological Society and Royal Meteorological Society.