Scott 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.