David Mechem

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Geography and Atmospheric Science, Geography
Associate Professor
Primary office:
Lindley Hall, 230
1475 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045-7594


I am a professor in the Atmospheric Science Program located in the Department of Geography. My group and I conduct research on cloud microphysics and dynamics, and mesoscale organization of cloud systems.

I teach the 2-semester undergraduate dynamic meteorology sequence, physical meteorology (occasionally), and a graduate-level numerical modeling course.


Ph.D., Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington

B.S., Meteorology, University of Oklahoma


My research explores different manifestations of precipitating convection, ranging from drizzling boundary layer stratocumulus to deep, highly organized mesoscale convective systems. A common thread of interest between these phenomena is the concept of mesoscale organization and its role in promoting scale interactions, in particular how mesoscale and cloud-scale processes serve as upscale agents of change for the large-scale flow or cloud coverage. Guided by observational results, I employ large eddy simulation, cloud resolving models, and mesoscale models to investigate cloud system processes.

Selected Publications

McMichael, Lucas A, David B Mechem, Shouping Wang, Qing Wang, Yefim L Kogan, and João Teixeria. 2019. “Assessing the Mechanisms Governing the Daytime Evolution of Marine Stratocumulus Using Large-Eddy Simulation.” Journal Articles. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society 145: 845–866.
Yuter, S. E., J. D. Hader, M. A. Miller, and D. B. Mechem. 2018. “Abrupt Cloud Clearing of Marine Stratocumulus in the Subtropical Southeast Atlantic.” Journal Articles. Science 361: 697–701.
Mechem, David B., and Scott E. Giangrande. 2018. “Controls on Cloud Properties and Precipitation Onset for a Case of Cumulus Congestus Sampled during MC3E.” Journal Articles. Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres 123. https://doi.org/10.1002/2017JD027457.
Nelson, Kevin J.., David B. Mechem, and Yefim L. Kogan. 2016. “Evaluation of Warm-Rain Microphysical Parameterizations in Mesoscale Simulations of the Cloudy Marine Boundary Layer.” Journal Articles 144 (May): 2134–54.
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