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Mark DeMaria earned a B.S. in Meteorology
(1977) from Florida State University, and a Masters (1979) and PhD (1983)
in Atmospheric Science from Colorado State University. He was a Post
Doctoral Fellow in the Advanced Study Program at NCAR in 1984-1985 and
an Assistant Professor in the Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric
Sciences at North Carolina State University in 1985-1987. He joined NOAA
in 1987 and has worked as a research meteorologist at the OAR Hurricane
Research Division (1987-1995), as the Chief of the Technical Support
Branch of the NCEP Tropical Prediction Center (1995-1998) and as the
Chief of the NESDIS Regional and Mesoscale Meteorology Branch (1998-present).
During most of his career, Dr. DeMaria has worked on research and development
related to tropical cyclone forecasting, mesoscale meteorology and numerical
weather prediction. He has received the Banner Miller Award from the American
Meteorological Society three times (1987, 1989, and 2002) for his work on
tropical cyclone forecasting.
Current research includes the utilization of satellite observations to
improve tropical cyclone genesis and intensity forecasting, the development
of satellite-based wind retrieval techniques, and tropical applications of
hyper-spectral infrared soundings.