Director, Weather Forecast Research Team
I am a Professor of Atmospheric Science. As director of the Weather Forecast Research Team (WFRT), my goal is to improve numerical weather prediction and apply it to the benefit of society. I also have extensive experience in atmospheric boundary layers, turbulence, dispersion, and air quality. I am a Certified Consulting Meteorologist, and fellow of both the Canadian Meteorological & Oceanographic Society (CMOS) and the American Meteorological Society (AMS).
Our 20-member team focuses on making high-resolution, real-time daily, operational ensemble numerical weather forecasts (NWP) for all of Canada, with emphasis on the complex terrain of western Canada. We use both dedicated in house computer clusters and remote cloud computing for our forecasts. This work is sponsored by a wide range of agencies and clients, including the Canadian federal government, provincial and territorial governments, regional and local governments, national and regional nonprofit organizations, energy industries, transportation industries, a wide range of consulting companies.
In addition to operational daily NWP, we do extensive research, including field work utilizing suites of specialized sensors including new instruments we have devised (rocketsonde buoy system, expendable smoke and weather sensors), theoretical work on atmospheric behavior and smoke dispersion, development of machine learning algorithms for big data analysis, and research on ensemble NWP. Our productivity can be seen in our roughly 120 journal publications and extensive participation in technical conferences.
I am most proud of my research team. Here is a link to their bio sketches.
As a professor, I have fun teaching courses at all levels. Our newest course ATSC 313 is on Renewable Energy Meteorology. I also led the development of ATSC 113 Weather for Sailing, Flying, and Snow Sports.
Each year I teach ATSC 201 Meteorology of Storms, and I help teach EOSC 114 Natural Disasters. In the past I’ve taught ATSC 303 on weather instruments, and ATSC 212 on Computer Programming for Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences.
I am also the author of two textbooks: “Practical Meteorology: An Algebra-based Survey of Atmospheric Science” which is free online, and “An Introduction to Boundary Layer Meteorology.” I’ve also won a Killam teaching prize in 2015.
Professor: UBC Atmospheric Sciences (1995-now)
Professor, Dept. of Atmos. Sci., Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison (1989-1995)
Assoc. Prof., Dept. of Atmos. Sci., Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison (1985-1989)
Asst. Prof., Dept. of Atmos. Sci., Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison (1979-1985)
Visiting Scientist: Netherlands (1986), Germany (1988), Norway (1992)
Adjunct. Asst. Prof., Atmos. Sci. Program, Creighton Univ., Nebraska (1977-1979)
Numerical Prediction Meteorologist, Nebraska (1975-1979)
Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM) - USA
Former Certified Flight Instructor (CFII) - USA
Former private pilot - Canada
Fellow of the American Meteorological Society
Fellow of the Canadian Meteorological & Oceanographic Society
Winner of Killam Teaching Prize - Canada
Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science, Univ. of Washington, Seattle (1975)
BS.Ch.E. in Chemical Engineering, Univ. of Washington, Seattle (1971)
Here is a link to the students and staff on my research team. It includes a link to past team members.