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Prof. Nesbitt leads a research group in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences, where his research and teaching interests reside in observations and modeling of clouds and precipitation processes across the globe. He has participated in more than 20 field campaigns on 4 continents, and was the lead Principal Investigator of the NSF/NOAA/NASA RELAMPAGO (Remote sensing of Electrification, Lightning, And Mesoscale/microscale Processes with Adaptive Ground Observations) and Co-PI of the DOE Clouds, Aerosols, and Complex Terrain Interactions (CACTI) field campaign in Argentina and Brazil in 2018-19. He serves as a member of the American Meteorological Society Committee on Mesoscale Processes and the scientific planning team for the planned NASA Aerosols Clouds Convection Precipitation mission. He is a member of the University Senate, and a faculty affiliate of the Computational Science and Engineering program.

Office Address

3060 Natural History Building

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Honors & Awards

  • Highly Meritorious Meteorology Senior Award, State University of New York College at Oswego, 1997
  • Excellence in Graduate Research Award, University of Utah, 2003
  • NASA Earth System Science Graduate Fellowship
  • Editors’ Citation for Excellence in Refereeing for Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres, American Geophysical Union, 2006, 2007, 2011
  • NASA Robert H. Goddard Award, as member of the NASA Global Precipitation Measurement mission Ground Validation team, 2015
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, 2010, 2015
  • Award for Outstanding Service to the Radar Meteorology Committee, American Meteorological Society, 2016

Academic Service

  • Member, Chair of the American Meteorological Society Scientific and Technical Committee on Radar Meteorology, 2008 - 2016
  • Co-Chair, American Meteorological Society 35th Conference on Radar Meteorology, Pittsburgh, PA, 2011
  • Editor, Journal of Applied Meteorology, 2010 - 2014
  • Member of the American Meteorological Society Scientific and Technical Committee on Mesoscale Meteorology, 2019 - present
  • Member, Universities Space Research Association Earth Sciences Council, 2016 - present
  • Co-Chair, American Meteorological Society 19th Conference on Mesoscale Meteorology, Location TBD, 2021

Research Interests

  • precipitation processes and cloud dynamics
  • mesoscale meteorology
  • tropical meteorology
  • radar and satellite meteorology
  • data science in atmospheric sciences

Education/Academic qualification

Meteorology, PhD, University of Utah

Award Date: May 15 2003

Meteorology, MS, Texas A and M University

Award Date: Aug 15 1999

Meteorology, BS with Honors, State University of New York College at Oswego

Award Date: May 15 1997

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Research Output

Backward Adaptive Brightness Temperature Threshold Technique (BAB3T): A Methodology to Determine Extreme Convective Initiation Regions Using Satellite Infrared Imagery

Cancelada, M., Salio, P., Vila, D., Nesbitt, S. W. & Vidal, L., Jan 20 2020, In : Remote Sensing. 12, 2, 337.

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  • Dependence of Mass–Dimensional Relationships on Median Mass Diameter

    Ding, S., McFarquhar, G. M., Nesbitt, S. W., Chase, R. J., Poellot, M. R. & Wang, H., Jul 17 2020, In : Atmosphere. 11, 7, 756.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Evaluation of the microphysical assumptions within GPM-DPR using ground-based observations of rain and snow

    Chase, R. J., Nesbitt, S. W. & McFarquhar, G. M., Jun 1 2020, In : Atmosphere. 11, 6, 619.

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  • Identifying and Characterizing Tropical Oceanic Mesoscale Cold Pools using Spaceborne Scatterometer Winds

    Garg, P., Nesbitt, S. W., Lang, T. J., Priftis, G., Chronis, T., Thayer, J. D. & Hence, D. A., Mar 16 2020, In : Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres. 125, 5, e2019JD031812.

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