Dr. Barry Keim recently spoke to The Washington Post about living in post-Katrina Louisiana, and about his life as an LSU professor, researcher, and the Louisiana state climatologist.
“I come from a town called Chalmette, right on the east side of St. Bernard Parish, just to the east side of New Orleans,” said Keim, who also serves as the graduate director for G&A. “The eye actually passed over the east side of the parish, and the surge in some areas was over 20 feet.”
Keim sat down with weather and climate blogger Adam Rainear for a Q&A on post-Katrina life and his role at the Southern Regional Climate Center and Office of State Climatology, both housed inside the LSU geography department.
The department has been receiving a lot of attention lately thanks to the release of SURGEDAT, the first comprehensive storm surge database, which was developed by Keim and one of his Ph.D. students, Hal Needham. SURGEDAT has been featured on the NASA and American Geophysical Union websites, and Needham recently interviewed for the Weather Channel about his work in developing SURGEDAT.
Keim remains a rockstar in the department as one of the most visible members of the faculty, exemplified by The Post’s coverage.
Two of Keim’s graduate students, Needham and M.S. student Amanda Billiot, were mentioned by name in the article and three others were referenced by their research.
Dr. Bary Keim has been the Louisiana State Climatologist since 2003. He was previously the New Hampshire State Climatologist from 1994 until 2002. He earned his Bachelors, Masters, and Ph.D. all from LSU.