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Sandra Yuter

Distinguished Professor

Faculty Fellow at the Center for Geospatial Analytics

Jordan Hall 5145



I am an expert in distilling information on weather and climate. My research team develops new capabilities from remote sensing data products to address basic and applied science questions. I have over 30 years of experience in data fusion and image analysis using multispectral satellite, radar,  lidar and other meteorological observations.  A key tenet of our work is “adequacy for purpose” matching sensor data set characteristics with appropriate science questions and vice versa. Current research activities focus on shallow marine clouds, winter storms, and developing education modules on radar-observed storm structures.

I teach introductory atmospheric sciences for freshman meteorology majors and advanced courses in meteorological remote sensing, atmospheric convection, and the dynamics of mesoscale precipitation systems.

I am a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society. I currently serve the atmospheric sciences community as an Editor for the American Meteorological Society Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology and as a member of the National Center for Atmospheric Research Earth Observing Laboratory Advisory Council.

Research Description

Since 2005, we have been using MicroRainRadars (MRRs) to collect vertically-pointing Ka-band radar data in several locations. We have developed Java software to remotely monitor MRR data sets and Matlab software to automatically generate MRR perusal web pages. See our MRR Resources Page for links to the software and storm perusal web pages from our MRR deployments. In winter 2017-2018, we will be collecting additional MRR data sets as well a Multi-Angle Snowflake data in collaboration with Prof. Brian Colle of Stony Brook University at Stony Brook, NY. For further information about my research areas and research group, please see Researcher ID: E-8808-2015, ORCID ID: 0000-0002-3222-053X


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Ph.D., Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington (1996)
B.S., Geology-Physics/Mathematics, Brown University (1983)

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