Michael Bell studied meteorology at the University of Oklahoma and graduated with bachelor's and master's degrees in 1994 and 2001, respectively. His master's work involved the study of the decadal and interannual variability of West African rainfall disturbance lines. He joined the IRI in 2001.
A pdf version of Mike Bell's CV can be downloaded from here.
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Research interests include rainfall variability in West Africa, and, more generally, the contributions of weather variability to climate.
Role at the IRI
Bell's responsibilities include contributing to the monthly publication of the IRI Climate
Information Digest, support of the IRI Data Library and Map Room, and data acquisition and analysis in support of regional programs and projects.
Shein, K. A., Ed., 2006: State of the climate in 2005. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 87 (June), S1-S102.
Levinson, D. H., Ed., 2005: State of the climate in 2004. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 86 (June), S1-S86.
Levinson, D. H., and A. M. Waple, Eds., 2004: State of the climate in 2003. Bull.
Amer. Meteor. Soc., 85 (June), S1-S72.
Bell, M. A., and P. J. Lamb, 2006: Integration of weather system variability to multidecadal regional climate change: The West African Sudan-Sahel zone, 1951-98. J. Climate, 19, 5343-5365.
Conference Proceedings/Abstracts/Presented Papers
Ropelewski, C., and M. Bell, 2006: Shifts in the statistics of daily rainfall in South America conditional on ENSO phase. 8th International Conference on Southern Hemisphere Meteorology and Oceanography, Foz do Igua�u, Brazil, 24-28 April, 2006 (Oral Presentation).
Bell, M., A. Seth, B. Lyon, E. Grover-Kopec, and C. Ropelewski, 2006: The Climate Information Digest: A monthly web-based publication of recent climate events, impacts, and seasonal forecasts. 4th Annual NOAA Climate Prediction Applications Science Workshop, Tucson, Arizona, 21-24 March, 2006 (Oral Presentation).
Bell, M. A., and P. J. Lamb, 2005: Integration of weather system variability to multidecadal regional climate change: West African Soudano-Sahel zone, 1951-98. First International AMMA Conference, Dakar, Senegal, 28 November-2 December, 2005 (Poster).
Bell, M. A., 2002: Using satellite rainfall estimates for climate impacts studies. Workshop on Satellite and Radar Rainfall Estimation in West Africa and Applications in Agriculture, Dakar, Senegal, 28-30 May 2002 (Oral Presentation).
Bell, M. A., and P. J. Lamb, 2000: A perspective on the West African monsoon for
1951-1998 from daily observations. In: Proceedings of the Workshop on the
West African Monsoon Variability and Predictability (WAMAP), Dakar, Senegal,
June, 1999, 95-98.
Lamb, P. J., M. A. Bell, & J. D. Finch, 1998: Variability of Sahelian disturbance
lines and rainfall during 1951-1987. Water Resources Variability in Africa during
the XXth Century (Proceedings of the Abidjan'98 Conference held at Abidjan,
C�te d'Ivoire, November, 1998). IAHS Publ. no. 252, 19-26.
Bell, M. A., and P. J. Lamb, 1994: Temporal variations in the rainfall characteristics
of disturbance lines over Subsaharan West Africa: 1951-90. In: Proc. Int. Conf.
Monsoon Variability and Prediction, Trieste, Italy, May 1994, 35-41.
Representing the IRI around the World
8th International Conference on Southern Hemisphere Meteorology and Oceanography, Foz do Igua�u, Brazil, 24-28 April, 2006
4th Annual NOAA Climate Prediction Applications Science Workshop: Research and Applications on Use and Impacts, Tucson, Arizona, 21-24 March, 2006
Central Weather Bureau Short Course and Workshop, Taipei, Taiwan, 28 September-3 October 2004
NESDIS Data Users' Workshop, Boulder, Colorado, 11-12 June 2003
Workshop on Satellite and Radar Rainfall Estimation in West Africa and Applications
in Agriculture, Dakar, Senegal, 28-30 May 2002