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Cooperative Research Program

Physical Scientist, Satellite Climate Studies Branch
5825 University Research Court, Suite 4001
College Park, MD 20740


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Scott D. Rudlosky photoScott D. Rudlosky began working as a Physical Scientist with the Satellite Climate Studies Branch during December 2011, and is co-located with the Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites (CICS) in College Park, Maryland. He originally joined CICS as a Research Associate in January 2011 following completion of his M.S. (2007) and Ph.D. (2010) in Meteorology at Florida State University. He obtained his B.S. (2004) in Geography with a specialization in Atmospheric Science from Ohio State University.

Scott's earliest research examined the characteristics and distributions of positive cloud-to-ground (+CG) lightning in Florida, since +CG flashes often are associated with enhanced structural damage and more frequent wildfire ignitions. This early research, and an upgrade to the National Lightning Detection Network (NLDN), motivated him to compile cloud-to-ground (CG) lightning climatologies for the contiguous U.S. and the state of Florida. More recently, Scott's research expanded to include analysis of intra-cloud (IC) lightning and severe weather in the Mid-Atlantic Region. He uses the Warning Decision Support System - Integrated Information (WDSS-II) software to combine radar, model- derived, cloud-to-ground lightning, and intra-cloud lightning data to examine relationships between lightning and radar parameters in severe and non-severe storms.

Scott continues to serve as a member of the GOES-R Risk Reduction Team that develops algorithms and datasets to better understand future operational applications of total lightning datasets that will be provided by the Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) aboard the upcoming GOES-R satellite. This research focuses on the evaluation of ground- based lightning detection networks relative to satellite observations, and the development and evaluation of operational lightning products. As a member of the SCSB, Scott's focus is broadening to include microwave precipitation observations and the detection of wildfires from space.

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