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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

Meteorology, MS, Texas A and M University

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

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Research Output 2000 2020

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.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
infrared imagery
brightness temperature
satellite imagery
convective system

A case study of terrain influences on upscale convective growth of a supercell

Mulholland, J. P., Nesbitt, S. W. & Trapp, R. J., Jan 1 2019, In : Monthly Weather Review. 147, 12, p. 4305-4324 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

cold pool
convective system
complex terrain
wind shear

A novel approach for characterizing the variability in mass-dimension relationships: Results from MC3E

Finlon, J. A., McFarquhar, G. M., Nesbitt, S., Rauber, R. M., Morrison, H., Wu, W. & Zhang, P., Mar 21 2019, In : Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. 19, 6, p. 3621-3643 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
water content
remote sensing

Improved parameterization of ice particle size distributions using uncorrelated mass spectrum parameters: Results from GCPEx

Borque, P., Harnos, K. J., Nesbitt, S. W. & McFarquhar, G. M., Aug 2019, In : Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology. 58, 8, p. 1657-1676 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

particle size
water content

Técnicas de clasificación supervisada para la discriminación entre ecos meteorológicos y no meteorológicos usando informacion de un radar de banda C

Translated title of the contribution: Supervised classification techniques for discrimination between meteorological and non-meteorological echoes using a C-band radarSuarez, S. R., Sued, M., Vidal, L., Salio, P., Rodriguez, D., Nesbitt, S. & Skabar, Y. G., Jan 1 2019, In : Meteorologica. 44, 1, p. 45-65 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

image classification