Roger Pielke, Sr., Ph.D.

Since completing his Ph.D. in Meteorology from Pennsylvania State University in 1973, Dr. Roger Pielke, Sr. has focused his studies on terrain-induced mesoscale systems, including the development of a three-dimensional mesoscale model of the sea breeze. For this work, he received the NOAA Distinguished Authorship Award for 1974. Dr. Pielke has worked for NOAA’s Experimental Meteorology Lab (1971-1974), the University of Virginia (1974-1981), and Colorado State University (1981-2006). He served as Colorado State Climatologist from 1999-2006. He was an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina (July 2003-2006). He was also a visiting Professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Arizona from October to December 2004.

Dr. Pielke’s research and work in the area of mesoscale modeling has been recognized with appointments and awards throughout the years, particularly for his “fundamental contributions to mesoscale meteorology through numerical modeling of the sea breeze and interaction among the mountains, oceans, boundary layer, and the free atmosphere,” for which he received the AMS Leroy Meisinger Award in 1977.

Dr. Pielke has also authored and published countless papers, chapters, and books on this topic. In 2005, he launched a science weblog to discuss weather and climate issues. This weblog, located at , was named one of the most popular Science blogs by Nature Magazine in July 2006.