ORG University of Utah Title Professor & Undergraduate Director, Department of Atmospheric Sciences BIO My research is centered on the weather and climate of the western United States, data assimilation, mountain meteorology, fire weather, and Great Salt Lake studies. I participate in the Mountain Meteorology Group within the department, which conducts a broad program of research related to weather and climate processes of the western United States.My current research activities include further development of MesoWest, which provides access to surface weather observations for operational, research, and educational applications. The MesoWest observations also provide a foundation from which to conduct research to improve data assimilation techniques over complex terrain. I participate in a National Weather Service effort to develop a mesoscale Analysis of Record and its prototype the Real Time Mesoscale Analysis. I am also involved in research related to the Great Salt Lake and the impacts of the Lake on local wind circulations. Research related to assessing the impacts of global warming on snowfall in the Wasatch Mountains of northern Utah is also in progress.