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Elizabeth Smith, Ph. D.
Meteorologist

Elizabeth is a meteorologist working as a Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies Post Doctoral Researcher at the NOAA-National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, Oklahoma.

Active Areas of Research

TORUS: Targeted Observations by Radar and UAS of Supercells

My role in the TORUS project includes developing and deploying a mobile Doppler lidar system, analyzing wind observations, and investigating pre-convection boundary layers.

VORTEX-SE:  Verification of the Origins of Rotation in Tornadoes EXperiment-Southeast

Starting Sept. 2019, I am leading a 2-year project as part of the VORTEX-SE program called Defining the capabilities of boundary layer profiling systems for operations in the southeastern United States.

Nocturnal Low-Level Jets and the Plains Elevated Convection At Night Experiment (PECAN)

My Ph.D. dissertation work focused on documenting the Great Plains nocturnal low-level jet using PECAN observations. I am expanding that work to evaluate more cases and explore connections to nighttime convection initiation.

Boundary Layer Observation Methods

Across all my active projects, I use modern methods of observing the boundary layer. I work closely with the OU and NOAA/NSSL CLAMPS platforms, and I evaluate new platforms that could enhance NSSL’s and NOAA’s upper-air observing network.

About Elizabeth…

I joined CIMMS as a post-doctoral researcher in December 2018. As a CIMMS scientist I will focus on development and deployment of NSSL boundary-layer profiling systems, as well as the exploration of experimental systems. My work will push for the advancement of our understanding of severe convective weather and the consideration of systems that could enhance the NOAA upper-air observing network. In December 2018 I earned my Ph.D. in Meteorology from the University of Oklahoma. Before graduate study at OU, I earned a B.S. in Meteorology at the California University of Pennsylvania in 2014. You can learn more about me and my work by taking a look at my CV, heading to my About Me page, or getting in touch.

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