C. David Whiteman, Ph.D.
Research Professor, Atmospheric Sciences
University of Utah
135 S 1460 East Rm 819 (WBB)
Salt Lake City, Ut 84112-0110
1980 Ph.D. Atmospheric Science Colorado State University
1970 M.S. Meteorology and Oceanography University of Michigan
1968 B.S. Physical Science Colorado State University
Research Professor, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Utah, 2005-present.
Senior Research Scientist/Staff Scientist at Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, 1980-2005.
Author of the book Mountain Meteorology: Fundamentals and Applications, Oxford University Press, 2000.
Editor, Journal of Applied Meteorology, 1998-2000.
University of Canterbury, New Zealand
University of Munich, Germany
University of Innsbruck, Austria
University of Bern, Switzerland
University of Freiburg, Germany
Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland
University of Vienna, Austria
University of Trento, Italy
Presently conducting research on 1) persistent wintertime inversions in the Salt Lake Valley, 2) boundary layer meteorology and diurnal wind circulations in Arizona's Meteor Crater, 3) temperature inversions and mountain wind systems in California's Owens Valley, 4) thermally driven wind circulations in the intermountain basin, 5) radiative transfer in three-dimensional topography.
Head, Mountain Meteorology Group, University of Utah Meteorology Department.
Fellow, American Meteorological Society.
A current list of Dr. Whiteman's publications can be viewed by clicking here
Project Grants:Observing and modeling downslope-windstorm-type flow in a small-scale crater induced by larger-scale katabatic winds: National Science Foundation 2012
Collaborators: Sebastian Hoch, Ron Calhoun (Arizona State University), and Rich Rotunno (National Center for Atmospheric Research)
Project Grants: Bingham Mine Cold-Air Pool: Kennecott Utah Copper 2010
Collaborators: Sebastian Hoch
The Bingham Mine Cold-Air Pool Structure and Evolution project, funded by Kennecott Utah Copper, is investigating the meteorological factors affecting the development of temperature inversions inside the Bingham Open-Pit Copper Mine on the southwest side of the Salt Lake Basin. The project is being run at the same time as the PCAPS project to take advantage of the large number of meteorological sensors and measurement equipment involved in PCAPS.
Project Grants: Diurnal Evolution of Stable Boundary Layers: National Science Foundation 2008
Collaborators: Sharon Zhong, (Michigan State University)
This project, funded by the National Science Foundation and conducted collaboratively
with Prof. Sharon Zhong at Michigan State University, is a follow-on to a research
project that investigated the life cycle of diurnal temperature inversions in Arizona's
Meteor Crater -- a near-ideal topographic basin.
Project Web Site:www.inscc.utah.edu/~whiteman/METCRAX/
Project Grants: Persistent Cold-Air Pool Study: National Science Foundation 2010
Collaborators: John Horel; Sharon Zhong, (Michigan State University)
An investigation, conducted with co-investigators John Horel (UU) and Sharon Zhong
(Michigan State University), to gain a better understanding of the meteorological
processes that produce persistent wintertime inversions that cause air pollution problems
in the Western United States and in other mountain areas of the world. This 3-yr project,
funded by the National Science Foundation, includes a field study in the Salt Lake
Basin from 1 December 2010 to 7 February 2011. The project has a strong educational
component in which university graduate and undergraduate students have participated
in the design and have organized the execution of the field study.
Project Web Site:pcaps.utah.edu/
Courses I Teach
ATMOS 3000 Mountain Weather and Climate
2009 Fellow - American Meteoroloigical Society