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Curriculum Vitae:

R. Chris Wilson

  • PhD, Atmospheric Physics, University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland (2011)
  • MS, Atmospheric Physics, May 2006 University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland (2006)
  • BS, Physics, Westminster College, New Wilmington, Pennsylvania (2003)

Research Interests

AIRS Cloud Clearing Methods:

  • Analyzing operational and new methods of cloud clearing to understand the limitations and benefits of different methods. This includes validation of AIRS Level 2 products post cloud clearing.

Lake Surface Temperature Modeling:

  • Analyzing the effectiveness of different models and parameterizations to predict lake skin temperatures (~100μm) from bulk temperatures (~ 1cm) and different environmental parameters.

Carbon Monoxide Retrieval:

  • Developing a ground based retrieval algorithm for AERI instrument. This Improves upon the first generation retrieval by retrieving a carbon monoxide profile versus a single column measurement.

Data Assimilation and Data Fusion:

  • By combining retrieved CO products from the ground based sensor AERI and satellite instruments measuring CO such as AIRS, TES, and IASI, more accurate carbon monoxide profiles in the boundary layer and middle troposphere are obtained.

Boundary Layer Venting:

  • Using remotely sensed CO profiles to better understand conditions for the vertical transport of pollution.


The Atmospheric Infrared Sounder, AIRS, is an instrument whose goal is to support climate research and improved weather forecasting.

Professional Experience
  • Postdoctoral Scholar, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif. (2011 - Present)
  • Graduate Research Assistant, University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland (2010 - 2011)
  • Graduate Research Assistant, JCET, University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland (2007 - 2010)
  • Graduate Assistant, Department of Physics, University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland (2006-2007)
  • Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Fellow, Department of Physics, University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland (2006 - 2007)
  • Graduate Assistant, Department of Physics, University of Maryland, Baltimore Maryland (2005 - 2006)
  • Teaching Assistant, Department of Physics, University of Maryland, Baltimore Maryland (2004 - 2005)

Selected Awards
  • 2006: Mulligan Award. A history of physics award; lecture titled "Newton's Demon's" (2006)
  • Physics Teaching Assistant of the Year (2005)

Selected Publications
  1. Wilson, R. C., S. J. Hook, P. Schneider, and S. G. Schladow (2013), Skin and bulk temperature difference at Lake Tahoe: A case study on lake skin effect, J.Geophys. Res. Atmos., 118, 10,332-10,346, doi:10.1002/jgrd.50786
  2. Wilson, R.C., E. Maddy, E. Manning, E. Fishbein, H. Sun, J. Blaisdale: Comparisons of AIRS Level 2 Temperature using two different cloud clearing algorithms (*in prep).
  3. Wilson, R.C., L. Yurganov, Maddy, E., Turner, D.D.: Estimating Forward Modeling Errors in the CO band using the Atmospheric Emitted Radiance Interferometer (*in prep).
  4. Wilson, R.C., L. Yurganov, Maddy, E. Warner, J., Turner, D.D.: Tropospheric CO profiles retrieved using complimentary measurements from AERI and AIRS (*in prep).
  5. Hook, S., R. C. Wilson, S. MacCallum, and C. Merchant, 2012: [Global climate] Lake Surface Temperature [in "State of the Climate in 2011"]. Bull.Amer. Meteor. Soc., 93 (7), S18-S19.
  6. Yurganov, L., McMillan, W. W., Wilson, C., Fischer, M., Biraud, S., Sweeney, C., 2010: Carbon monoxide mixing ratios over Oklahoma between 2002 and 2009 retrieved from Atmospheric Emitted Radiance Interferometer spectra, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 3, 1319-1331, doi:10 5194/amt-3-1319-2010.

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