Environmental Science Division (EVS)a Division of Argonne National Laboratory
Predictive environmental understanding
Richard L. Coulter
Climate & Earth System Science Department
  • Ph.D., Meteorology, Penn State University, 1976.
Current Role
Meteorologist/Team Lead, Atmospheric Science and Climate Research, with responsibility for remote sensing; Senior Fellow, Center for Environmental Science, University of Chicago.
Expertise in investigation of the planetary boundary layer (PBL); use of radar wind profilers (RWPs), sodars, lidars, and radiosondes in atmospheric research; use of micropulse lidar (MPL) to detect aerosols.
Career Highlights
  • Principal investigator: DOE field studies of the PBL and surface fluxes over inhomogeneous terrain.
  • Field campaign leader: Argonne contributions to meteorological campaigns studying katabatic flow over mountainous terrain; near-surface flows; vertical transport and mixing; chemical transport and dispersion in urban areas; aerosol detection.
  • Instrument and facility development: Design and development of the Argonne minisodar for determining accurate, high-resolution wind profiles at 0-200 m; design, installation, and oversight of a facility providing real-time measurements of fluxes, winds, temperature, and PBL structure.
  • Instrument mentor: For DOE Atmospheric Radiation Measurement program, oversight of installation of four RWPs; addition of six MPLs and radiosonde systems.