Dr. Robert Banta
Atmospheric Remote Sensing Group of the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory, Boulder, Colorado, USA
Robert Banta has many years’ experience of using scanning Doppler lidars to study flows in mountainous and other complex terrain, as well as considerable experience in atmospheric boundary layer dynamics. Bob has contributed to many mesoscale atmospheric pollution transport studies, including the use of airborne lidar. The ground-based upward-looking lidars and airborne downward-looking lidars provide highly resolved measurements of ozone concentration, aerosol backscatter, and wind speed and direction in the boundary layer and lower free troposphere. Lidar data are used to characterize transport of ozone and aerosols on regional and local scales, including pollutant transport between air basins and the role of flow patterns in complex terrain.
Boundary-layer studies have focused on the stable boundary layer and low-level jets, and measurements of high-resolution wind profiles as they affect wind-energy applications. Recently Bob and colleagues from ESRL, the University of Colorado (CU) at Boulder, Colo., the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have completed an experiment south of Boulder, Colo., to create three-dimensional portraits of wind speeds and directions in wind turbine wakes.
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