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Bill Line

Satellite Meteorology and Climatology Division

Atmospheric Physics and Dynamics Branch
Research Scientist


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Bill Line photoBill Line earned a B.S. (2011) and an M.S. (2013) in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. In 2013, he began working at the University of Oklahoma and the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, OK, as a Satellite Liaison. He then transitioned to the National Weather Service in Pueblo, CO, as a forecaster in 2016. In 2019, Bill joined the Regional and Mesoscale Meteorology (RAMM) Branch of NOAA/NESDIS/STAR as a research meteorologist and has been the STAR Imagery Science Team Lead since 2022.

Bill's expertise and interests lie in developing innovative techniques and sharing best practices for the application and validation of geostationary and polar-orbiting satellite imagery. Among his research and technical developments are techniques for detecting sea spray, blowing dust, and blowing snow, as well as the development of a climatology of blowing dust, all leveraging NOAA satellite imagery. He has also developed numerous technical updates and satellite procedures for the Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS) that have been implemented in NWS operations. Recently, Bill led validation activities resulting in the successful checkout of NOAA-21 VIIRS Imagery, a NOAA Key Performance Parameter. This achievement contributed to his team receiving the 2023 Robert H Goddard Science award.

Bill's contributions extend to knowledge sharing through numerous presentations at scientific meetings and publications in scientific journals, technical reports, and blog posts. In 2024, he was honored with the NOAA David Johnson Award, acknowledging his leadership in developing, demonstrating, and training forecasters in new products employing GOES-R and JPSS satellite imagery.