The presentation at the June 16th meeting is "Visually and Physically Realistic Ray-tracing Simulations of Earth, Moon, and Sky" by Steve Albers, NOAA
Steve Albers received his BSc in Physics from the State Univ. of New York at Albany (1978), and MS (1986) in Atmospheric Science from the University of Oklahoma.
Between 1976 and 1977 he worked as part of the Viking Intern program connected with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Brown University. He did some image processing of Viking Mars Lander Images at JPL's Image Processing Laboratory as part of the Viking Lander Imaging Team. He also performed some data reduction for the Meteorology Team. In 1979 he wrote an article for Sky and Telescope about Mutual Planetary Occultations. This led to the serendipitous discovery in 1980 that Galileo actually saw Neptune in the 1600s. Steve received the R.R Newton Award from the International Journal of Scientific History in 2009 in recognition of his role.
During the summers from 1980-1985 Steve worked as a Field Meteorologist for the North Dakota Cloud Modification Project, directing hail suppression and rain enhancement cloud seeding with a fleet of six aircraft utilizing ice nucleation seeding materials and operating an Enterprise WR-100 5cm weather radar. Between 1983 and 1985 he worked as a Research Assistant at the School of Meteorology, University of Oklahoma. His research topic was the development of a statistical severe weather forecast package. He served as a Teaching Assistant for Meteorological Measurements and did some storm chasing.
In 1994 Steve was featured in a Sky and Telescope article about image processing of solar eclipse pictures, and his photography and imaging work has appeared in numerous books and publications. Journal articles and conference presentations on diverse topics have been given.
Since 1986 Steve has worked at various NOAA facilities in Boulder, CO, including the PROFS program, Forecast Systems Laboratory, and the Earth System Research Laboratory. In this context he came on-board CIRA in 1989. His work includes extensive development and implementation of meteorological analyses of wind, clouds, temperature, and microphysical variables for the Local Analysis and Prediction System. A variety of remotely sensed and in-situ data are ingested, quality controlled, and merged in the analyses. The analyses are used for initializing NWP models and are displayed on workstations for nowcasting, and they are fielded at ESRL, other government agencies as well as private companies. He has worked on satellite image processing algorithms, including photometric correction that depends on viewing geometry, as well as image processing to produce global planetary, meteorological, and geophysical maps using IDL and other display software for NOAA's Science On A Sphere TM (SOS). Steve gives SOS presentations and daily weather briefings. Steve developed a ray-tracing package to produce visually and physically realistic imagery from atmospheric and geophysical model data. He's participated in meteorological workstation and World Wide Web display software. Radar experience includes development of radar Doppler velocity de-aliasing algorithm, testing and evaluation of algorithms to be run on the Next Generation Weather Radar (NEXRAD), and radar data interfacing with numerical prediction models.
The meeting will be at the IHOP Restaurant, 2040 Ken Pratt Boulevard, Longmont. Please join us for coffee, dinner, or just desert around 6 pm; The general meeting and presentation will begin at 7 pm.