Cooperative Research Program
Regional and Mesoscale Meteorology Branch, in Fort Collins, Colorado
Debra Molenar received a
B.S. degree in Computer Science from Colorado State University in 1979.
After graduation, Debra worked for the National Science Foundation
Antarctic Research Program for 2 years. Prior to joining NESDIS in 1995,
Debra was employed at Environmental Research and Technology, Air Resource
Specialist, and the Colorado State University NOAA Cooperative Institute
for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA). All positions involved IT support
for environmental and meteorological monitoring and research.
Debra leads the IT support group at the NESDIS RAMM Branch (RAMMB) at
CIRA. Highlights of Debra's accomplishments include:
- Development of several software tools used in tropical and severe
storm research, such storm relative motion investigation and automated
Dvorak intensity analysis.
- Development, deployment and maintenance of RAMSDIS workstations at
over 50 NWS Forecast Offices as a satellite training tool prior to
- Development, deployment and maintenance of RAMSDIS workstations in
several international research programs, including Hurricane Mitch
Relief, the Regional Meteorological Training Centers in Central America,
and the WMO Virtual Lab program, which included workstations in Europe
- Implementation of Distance Learning tools for meteorological
training, including maintenance of a "pseudo-AWIPS" workstation in
support of the Virtual Institute for Satellite Interpretation and
Training project at RAMMB.
- Support of over 40 meteorological workstations providing tools
and data ingest in the Linux, Unix, and Windows environment.
Most Recent Publications
Molenar, D.A., K.J. Schrab, and J.F.W. Purdom, 2000: RAMSDIS
contributions to NOAA satellite data utilization. Bull. Amer.
Meteor. Soc., 81:5, 1019-1029.
E-mail to: Debra.Molenar@noaa.gov