Ethan Nelson

PhD Candidate
PhD Topic: 
Warm Rain Processes
MS Topic: 
Warm Rain Algorithm
BS Major: 
Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Room 1515
1225 West Dayton Street
Madison, WI 53706
Student Bio: 

I am a postdoctoral researcher studying the effects of precipitation formation and growth in the atmosphere on Earth's energy and water cycles. This work involves the development of algorithms to quantify these microphysical processes using active and passive microwave satellite instruments, including the CloudSat mission and proposed ACE satellite. I have previously integrated cloud-resolving model simulations into the NASA Earth Observing System Simulator Suite while visiting at JPL for use in simulations of future satellite concepts. I am also interested in the study of geoinformatics and crowdsourcing, and I am an advocate of free and open source software—participating in and contributing to projects such as OpenStreetMap.

I earned my Ph.D. in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the Wisconsin–Madison in 2017 as well as my M.S. in 2014, both under supervision of Prof. Tristan L'Ecuyer. As a part of my graduate study, I completed my Delta Certificate in Research, Teaching, and Learning. Before attending UW, I received a B.S. summa cum laude in Meteorology (with a Mathematics minor) at Texas A&M University in 2012 with an Undergraduate Research Scholar designation.


Nelson, E. L. and T. S. L'Ecuyer, 2018: Global Character of Latent Heat Release in Oceanic Warm Rain Systems. J. Geophys. Res., In press, doi: 10.1002/2017JD027844 [Download]
Nelson, E. L., T. S. L'Ecuyer, S. M. Saleeby, W. Berg, S. Herbener, and S. C. van den Heever, 2016: Toward an Algorithm for Estimating Latent Heat Release in Warm Rain Systems. J. Atmos. Ocn. Tech., 33, 1309-1329 doi: 10.1175/JTECH-D-15-0205.1 [Download]
Nelson, E. L., 2016: Satellites: Invaluable eyes in the sky. Physics Today Online: Down To Earth, , doi: 10.1063/PT.5.4026 [Download]

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