Norman Shippee, PhD

Climate and Applications Specialist

Dr. Norman Shippee joined RSI as a Climate and Applications Specialist in January 2017. Dr. Shippee earned his PhD at the University of Victoria. He is an experienced researcher who has focused on establishing stakeholder-defined storm metrics to facilitate safe operations in the marine transportation field.

Dr. Shippee has previously provided services to RSI to conduct multiple end-user interviews with provincially owned hydrometric and meteorological network operators to collect station level metadata for the first phase of the Environment and Climate Change Canada Network of Networks. Dr. Shippee has also played a role in the Durham PIEVC assessment and helped develop temperature and precipitation relationships in RSI’s CCHIP software.

Dr. Shippee’s PhD research linked both the physical and human fields by engaging stakeholders through surveys and using the input to develop metrics that bridge meteorological storm definitions and the needs of end-users. Through consultations with private industry and experienced marine operators, stakeholder perspectives on impactful weather have been determined, directly informing the development of different metrics for defining impactful weather using various reanalysis datasets and observational data. This project has required creation of data collection protocols and database management, along with computer programming techniques for data acquisition and analysis. Dr. Shippee’s previous research efforts have involved performing quality control and usability checks on large, high-resolution datasets and working with multiple types of meteorological and hydrological data (satellite, radar, upper air and surface observations, tidal gauges).