Mark Smalley

PhD Candidate
PhD Topic: 
Spatial Characteristics of Clouds and Precipitation
MS Topic: 
Inter-instrument biases in cloud heights using AIRS
BS Major: 
Astronomy and Physics
Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1225 West Dayton Street
Madison, WI 53706
Student Bio: 

I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My work with Prof. Tristan L'Ecuyer investigates the large-scale spatial characteristics of precipitation and how it interacts with the atmospheric environment. My collegiate education began at the University of Iowa, where I majored in Physics and Astronomy. My studies shifted direction when I was accepted to the University of Wisconsin-Madison for a M.S. with Bob Holz and Prof. Steve Ackerman, where I examined biases that can occur in cloud height climatologies from infrared radiometers. My research interests are wide-ranging and include topics such as cloud and precipitation estimation, aerosol/cloud interactions, and planetary atmospheres. After I earn my PhD, I plan to continue research at either a government research lab or a university.


Smalley, M. and T. S. L'Ecuyer, 2015: A global assessment of the spatial scale of precipitation occurrence. J. Appl. Meteor. and Climatol., 54, 2179-2197 [Download]
Norin, L., A. Devasthale, T. S. L'Ecuyer, N. B. Wood, and M. Smalley, 2015: Intercomparison of snowfall estimates derived from the CloudSat Cloud Profiling Radar and the ground based weather radar network over Sweden. Atmos. Meas. Tech., 8, 5009-5021 [Download]
Smalley, M., T. L'Ecuyer, J. Haynes, and M. Lebsock, 2014: A comparison of precipitation occurrence from the NCEP StageIV QPE Product and the CloudSat Cloud Profiling Radar. J. Hydro., 15, 444-458 [Download]

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