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Email
mercer@hpc.msstate.edu

Office
Hilbun 302A

Phone
(662) 325-3915

108 Hilbun Hall
P. O. Box 5448
Mississippi State, MS 39762-5448


Andrew Mercer  

Email
mercer@hpc.msstate.edu

Office
Hilbun 302A

Phone
(662) 325-3915

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.
Selected Publications Total Publications:  25 
Sankar, M. S., Dash, P., Lu, Y., Paul, V., Mercer, A., Arslan, Z., Varco, J. J., & Rodgers, J. C. (2019). Dissolved Organic Matter and Trace Element Variability in a Blackwater-fed Bay Following Precipitation. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. Elsevier. 106452, 1-38. [Abstract] [Document Site]

Sankar, M. S., Dash, P., Lu, Y., Mercer, A., Turnage, G., Shoemaker, C. M., & Chen, S. (2019). Influence of Land Use and Land Cover on Dissolved Organic Matter Composition across 41 Lakes in Mississippi. Mississippi Academy of Sciences 2019 Summer Student Science Symposium. Starkville, MS: Mississippi Academy of Sciences. [Document Site]

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]