Prof. Steve Nesbitt

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Steve Nesbitt
Associate Professor
Department of Atmospheric Sciences
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Atmospheric Sciences Building Room 203
105 S. Gregory St., MC-223
Urbana, IL  61801-3070 USA

Bio sketch

Prof. Nesbitt leads a research group comprised of research staff, graduate students and undergraduate researchers in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences, where his research and teaching interests reside in the remote sensing of precipitation using radar and passive microwave sensors, mesoscale and cloud dynamics and microphysics, land-atmosphere interaction, and numerical simulation, data science, and high-performance computation. He has participated in and led numerous field campaigns spanning four continents using radar, aircraft, and in situ instrumentation, and has played roles including aircraft flight coordinator, on-board aircraft instrument scientist, ground-based fixed and mobile radar operations scientist, and the deployment and operation of ground-based in situ instruments. He has taught courses in synoptic and mesoscale meteorology and weather forecasting, remote sensing, radar meteorology, tropical meteorology, mesoscale modeling, and geophysical data analysis and python programming.

He is a member of the NASA Precipitation Measurement Missions Science Team and the NASA Ocean Vector Winds Science Team, and is heavily involved in research involving NASA’s Tropical Rainfall Measurement Mission (TRMM) and Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) satellite missions. He is also a member of the Department of Energy (DOE) Atmospheric Systems Research (ASR) science team. He is a member of the U of I College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Honors Council, a member of the University of Illinois Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and the Environment Water Council, and a faculty affiliate of the U of I Computational Science and Engineering Program. He serves as the Chair of the American Meteorological Society STAC committee on Radar Meteorology and is a former editor of the AMS Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology. He co-chaired the 2011 35th American Meteorological Society conference on Radar Meteorology in Pittsburgh, PA.
Prof. Nesbitt received his B.S. in Meteorology summa cum laude in 1997 from the State University of New York at Oswego, his M.S. in Meteorology in 1999 from Texas A&M University, and his Ph.D. in Meteorology from the University of Utah in 2003. He was a Research Scientist in the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University from 2003-2006. Prof. Nesbitt joined the faculty in Urbana in 2006.

Prof. Nesbitt has received several awards, including the NASA Earth System Science Graduate Fellowship from2001-2003, the Excellence in Graduate Research award from the University of Utah in 2002, the Editors’ Citation for Excellence in Refereeing for Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres in 2006 and again in 2011, the NASA New Investigator in Earth System Science Award in 2008, the NASA Group Achievement Award for the Genesis and Rapid Intensification Project (GRIP) in 2012, and the NASA Robert H. Goddard Award, exceptional achievement in science and the NASA Group Achievement Award in 2015 for his role in the GPM satellite mission.

Detailed CV (pdf)

Bio sketch (pdf)

Google Scholar Profile (link)  as of 31 August 2015, Google h-index=21, i10 index=26, 2648 citations

Brief History

  • B.S. summa cum laude, Meteorology, State University of New York at Oswego (1997)
  • M.S. Meteorology, Texas A&M University (1999)
  • Ph.D. Meteorology, University of Utah (2003)
  • Research Scientist I, II, Department of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University (2003-2006)
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Illinois (2006-2012)
  • Associate Professor, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Illinois (2012-present)

Recognition and Activities

  • Highly Meritorious Meteorology Senior Award, State University of New York College at Oswego, 1997
  • Excellence in Graduate Research Award, University of Utah, 2003
  • NASA Earth System Science Graduate Fellowship, a highly selective fellowship within all disciplines in the earth sciences, 2001-2003
  • Editors’ Citation for Excellence in Refereeing for Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres, American Geophysical Union, 2006
  • Faculty Advisor of the University of Illinois Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society, 2007 – present
  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent, Spring 2007, for ATMS 403: Weather Research and Forecasting, core course with 18 students enrolled
  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent, Fall 2007, for ATMS 403: Weather Research and Forecasting, core course with 11 students enrolled
  • NASA New Investigator in Earth System Science Award, a highly selective funded award that includes all disciplines within the earth sciences, 2008
  • President, Central Illinois Chapter of the American Meteorological Society, 2007 – 2009
  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent, Fall 2009, for ATMS 406: Tropical Meteorology, elective course with 15 students enrolled
  • Member, American Meteorological Society STAC Committee on Radar Meteorology, 2007 – 2015
  • Member, Validation Working Group, International Precipitation Working Group, Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites, World Meteorological Organization, 2008-2010
  • Rapporteur, Applications Working Group, International Precipitation Working Group, Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites, World Meteorological Organization, 2010-2012
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, 2010
  • Editor, Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, American Meteorological Society, 2010 – present
  • University of Illinois, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Reflective Teaching Seminar, 2010-11 academic year
  • Co-chair, 35th American Meteorological Society conference on Radar Meteorology, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 26-30 September 2011
  • Editors’ Citation for Excellence in Refereeing for Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres, American Geophysical Union, 2011
  • Honors Council, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Illinois, 2012-2014.
  • Chair, Radar Meteorology Committee, American Meteorological Society, 2013-2016.
  • Member of NASA Precipitation Measurement Missions Science Team, 2013-2016.
  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent for ATMS 505, Weather Systems, Spring 2013
  • Program committee, 36th American Meteorological Society conference on Radar Meteorology, Breckenridge, Colorado, 2013
  • Program committee, 8th European Conference on Radar in Meteorology and Hydrology, 1 – 5 September 2014. Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.
  • Program committee, 37th American Meteorological Society conference on Radar Meteorology, Norman, Oklahoma, 2015
  • NASA Robert H. Goddard Award, as member of the NASA Global Precipitation Measurement mission Ground Validation team, 2015
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, 2015, for NASA Global Precipitation Measurement Post-Launch Team
  • Program committee, 9th European Conference on Radar in Meteorology and Hydrology, Antalya, Turkey, 2016
  • Mission scientist, NASA MC3E, GCPEX, IPHEX, OLYMPEX GPM Ground Validation campaigns

Field Campaigns (link)

Publications

2015

Harnos, D. S. and S. W. Nesbitt, 2015: Varied pathways for simulated tropical cyclone rapid intensification. Part I: Precipitation and environment. Quart. J. Roy. Meteor. Soc., submitted.

Harnos, D. S. and S. W. Nesbitt, 2015: Varied pathways for simulated tropical cyclone rapid intensification. Part II: Vertical motion and cloud populations. Quart. J. Roy. Meteor. Soc., submitted.

Jensen, M. E., W. A. Petersen, A. Bansemer, N. Bharadwaj, L. D. Carey, D. J. Cecil, S. M. Collis, A. D. Del Genio, B. Dolan, J. Gerlach, S. E. Giangrande, A. Heymsfield, G. Heymsfield, P. Kollias, T. J. Lang, S. W. Nesbitt, A. Neumann, M. Poellot, S. A. Rutledge, M. Schwaller, A. Tokay, C. R. Williams, D. B. Wolff, S. Xie, and E. J. Zipser, 2015: The Midlatitude Continental Convective Clouds Experiment (MC3E).  Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., submitted.

Harnos, D. S. and S. W. Nesbitt, 2015: Passive microwave observations of tropical cyclone inner-core cloud populations relative to subsequent intensity change. Mon. Wea. Rev., submitted.

Harnos, K. J., S. W. Nesbitt, A. J. Heymsfield, A. Bansemer, A. Tokay, W. A. Petersen, and T. L’Ecuyer, 2015: Evaluation of WRF microphysics schemes using aircraft and surface microphysical measurements and radar retrievals during the Light Precipitation Validation Experiment. J. Appl. Meteor. Clim., submitted.

Skofronick-Jackson, G., D. Hudak, W. Petersen, S. W. Nesbitt, V. Chandrasekar, S. Durden, K. J. Gleicher, G.-J., Huang, P. Joe, P. Kollias, K. A. Reed, M. R. Schwaller, R. Stewart, S. Tanelli, A. Tokay, J. R. Wang, and M. Wolde, 2015: Global Precipitation Measurement Cold Season Precipitation Experiment (GCPEx): For measurement sake let it snow.  Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., in press.

Anders, A. M, and S. W. Nesbitt, 2015: Altitudinal precipitation gradients in the tropics from Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) precipitation radar. J. Hydromet., 16, 441-448.

2014

Yang, S., S. W. Nesbitt, 2014: Statistical Properties of Precipitation as Observed by the TRMM Precipitation Radar. Res. Lett., 41, 5636–5643.

Bagley, J. E., S. C. Davis, M. Georgescu, M. Z. Hussain, J. Miller, S. W. Nesbitt, A. VanLoocke, C. J. Bernacchi, 2014: The biophysical link between climate, water, and vegetation in bioenergy agro-ecosystems. Biomass and Bioenergy, 71, 187–201.

Williams, C. R., V. N. Bringi, L. Carey, V. Chandrasekar, P. Gatlin, Z. S. Haddad, W. A. Petersen, R. Meneghini, S. J. Munchak, S. W. Nesbitt, W. A. Petersen, S. Tanelli, A. Tokay, A. Wilson, D. B. Wolff, 2014:  Describing the Shape of Raindrop Size Distributions Using Uncorrelated Raindrop Mass Spectrum Parameters. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 53, 1282–1296. (link)

2013

Rickenbach, T. M., R. Nieto-Ferreira, R. P. Barnhill, and S. W. Nesbitt, 2013: Seasonal and regional differences in the rainfall and intensity of isolated convection over South America. Int. J. Climatology, 33, 2002­–2007. (link)

2012

McFarquhar, G. M., B. Jewett, M. A. Gilmore, S. W. Nesbitt, and T.-L. Hseih, 2012: Vertical velocity and microphysical distributions related to the rapid intensification of Hurricane Dennis (2005). J. Atmos. Sci., 69, 3515-3534. (link)

Rickenbach, T. M., R. Nieto-Ferreira, R. P. Barnhill, and S. W. Nesbitt, 2012: Seasonal and regional differences in the 
rainfall and intensity of isolated convection over South America. Int. J. Climatology, doi: 10.1002/joc.3568. (link)

Schiffer, N. J., and S. W. Nesbitt, 2012: Moisture sources and precipitation associated with Gulf of California surges. J. Climate, 25, 4220–4241. (link)

2011

Harnos, D. S. and S. W. Nesbitt, 2011: Convective structure in rapidly intensifying tropical cyclones as depicted by passive microwave measurements. Geophys. Res. Lett. 38, L07805, doi:10.1029/2011GL047010. (pdf)

Rickenbach, T. M., R. Niero-Ferreira, R. P. Barnhill, and S. W. Nesbitt, 2011: Regional contrast of mesoscale convective system structure prior to and during monsoon onset across South America. J. Climate, 24, 3753–3763. (pdf)

2010

Molthan, A. L., W. A. Petersen, S. W. Nesbitt, and D. Hudak, 2010: Evaluating the Snow Crystal Size Distribution and Density Assumptions within a Single-Moment Microphysics Scheme. Mon. Wea. Rev., Mon. Wea. Rev., 138, 4254-4267. (pdf)

2009

Nesbitt, S. W., and A. M. Anders, 2009: Very high resolution precipitation climatologies from the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission precipitation radar. Geophys. Res. Lett., 36, L15815, doi:10.1029/2009GL038026. (pdf)

Lang, T. J., S. W. Nesbitt, and L. D. Carey, 2009: On the correction of partial beam blockage in polarimetric radar data. J. Atmos. Ocean Tech., 26, 943-957. (pdf)

Peters, O., J. D. Neelin, and S. W. Nesbitt, 2009: Mesoscale convective systems and critical clusters. J. Atmos. Sci, 66, 2913-2924. (pdf)

Gochis, D. J., S. W. Nesbitt, W. Yu, and S. Williams, 2009: Comparison of gauge-corrected versus non-gauge corrected satellite-based quantitative precipitation estimates during the 2004 NAME Enhanced Observing period. Atmosphera, 22, 69-98. (pdf)

2008

Nesbitt, S. W., D. J. Gochis, and T. J. Lang, 2008: The diurnal cycle of clouds and precipitation along the Sierra Madre Occidental during the North American Monsoon Experiment: Implications for precipitation estimation in complex terrain. J. Hydromet., 9, 728-743. (pdf)

Cifelli, R., S. W. Nesbitt, and S. A. Rutledge, W. A. Petersen, and S. E. Yuter, 2008: Diurnal characteristics of precipitation features over the East Pacific: A comparison of the EPIC and TEPPS regions. Mon. Wea. Rev., 21, 4068-4086. (pdf)

Liu, C., E. J. Zipser, D. J. Cecil, S. W. Nesbitt, and S. Sherwood, 2008: University of Utah TRMM cloud and preciptiation feature database. J. Appl. Meteor. Clim., 47, 2712-2728. (pdf)

2007

Lyon, S. W., F. Domingues, D. J. Gochis, N. A. Brunsell, C. L. Castro, F. K. Chow, D. Fuka, Y. Hong, P. Kucera, S. W. Nesbitt, Y. Fan, N. Salzmann, J. Schmidli, P. K. Snyder, A. J. Teuling, T. E. Twine, S. Levis, J. D. Lundquist, G. D. Salvucci, A. M. Sealy, M. T. Walter, 2007: Coupling terrestrial and atmospheric water dynamics to improve prediction in a changing environment. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 89, 1275-1279. (pdf)

Liberman, R. S., D. M. Riggin, D. A. Ortland, S. W. Nesbitt, and R. A Vincent, 2007: Variability of mesospheric diurnal tides and tropospheric diurnal heating during 1997-1998. J. Geophys. Res., 112, D20110, doi:10.1029/2007JD008578. (pdf)

Cifelli, R., S. W. Nesbitt, and S. A. Rutledge, W. A. Petersen, and S. E. Yuter, 2007: Radar characteristics of precipitation features in the EPIC and TEPPS regions of the East Pacific. Mon. Wea. Rev., 135, 1576-1595. (pdf)

Lang, T. J., D. Ahijevych, S. W. Nesbitt, R. Carbone, and S. A. Rutledge: 2007: Radar-observed characteristics of precipitating systems during NAME 2004. J. Climate, 20, 1713-1733. (pdf)

Liu, C., E. J. Zipser, and S. W. Nesbitt, 2007: Global distribution of tropical deep convection: Different perspectives using infrared and radar as the primary data source. J. Climate, 20, 489-503. (pdf)

2006

Nesbitt, S. W., R. Cifelli, and S. A. Rutledge, 2006: Storm morphology and rainfall characteristics of TRMM precipitation features. Mon. Wea. Rev., 134, 2702-2721. (pdf)

Zipser, E. J., D. J. Cecil, C. Liu, S. W. Nesbitt, and D. P. Yorty, 2006, Where are the most intense thunderstorms on earth? Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 87, 1057-1071. (pdf)

Matrosov, S., R. Cifelli, P. C. Kennedy, S. W. Nesbitt, V. N. Bringi. B. E. Martner, 2006: A comparitive study of rainfall retrievals based on specific differential phase shifts at X- and S-band radar frequencies. J. Atmos. Ocean. Tech., 23, 952-963. (pdf)

Higgins, W., D. Ahijevych, J. Amador, A. Barros, E. H. Berbery, E. Caetano, P. Ciesielski, R. Cifelli, M. Cortez-Vazquez, A. Douglas, M. Douglas, G. Emmanuel, C. Fairall, D. Gochis, D. Gutzler, R. Johnson, C. King, T. Lang, M.-I. Lee, D. Lettenmaier, R. Lobato, V. Magaña, J. Meitin, K. Mo, S. Nesbitt, E. Pytlak, P. Rogers, S. Rutledge, J. Schemm, S. Schubert, F. Torres, A. White, C. Williams, A. Wood, R. Zamora, C. Zhang, 2006: The North American Monsoon Experiment (NAME) field campaign and modeling strategy. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 87, 79-94. (pdf)

2005

Cecil, D. J., S. J. Goodman, D. J. Boccippio, E. J. Zipser, and S. W. Nesbitt, 2005: Three years of TRMM precipitation features. Part I: Radar, radiometric, and lightning characteristics. Mon. Wea. Rev., 133, 543-566. (pdf)

2004

Nesbitt, S. W., E. J. Zipser, and C. D. Kummerow, 2004: An examination of version 5 rainfall estimates from the TRMM microwave imager, precipitation radar, and rain gauges on global, regional and storm scales. J. Appl. Meteor., 43, 1016-1036. (pdf)

Barros, A. P., G. Kim, E. Williams, and S. W. Nesbitt, 2004: Probing orographic controls in the Himalayas during the monsoon using satellite imagery. Nat. Haz. and Earth Sys. Sci., 4, 1-23. (pdf)

2003

Nesbitt, S. W., 2003: Precipitation features according to the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission. Ph.D. Dissertation, Dept. of Meteorology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0110, 182 pp. (pdf)

Nesbitt, S. W., and E. J. Zipser, 2003: The diurnal cycle of rainfall and convective intensity according to three years of TRMM measurements. J. Climate, 16, 1456-1475. (pdf)

2002

Petersen, W. A., S. W. Nesbitt, R. J. Blakeslee, R. Cifelli, P. Hein and S. A. Rutledge, 2002: TRMM observations of convective regimes in the Amazon. J. Climate, 15, 1278-1294. (pdf)

Toracinta E. R., D. J. Cecil, E. J. Zipser, and S. W. Nesbitt, 2002: Radar, passive microwave, and lightning characteristics of precipitating systems in the Tropics. Mon. Wea. Rev., 130, 802-824. (pdf)

Cecil, D. J., E. J. Zipser, and S. W. Nesbitt, 2002: Reflectivity, ice scattering, and lightning characteristics of hurricane eyewalls and rainbands. Part I: Quantitative description. Mon. Wea. Rev., 130, 769-784. (pdf)

2000

Nesbitt, S. W., E. J. Zipser, and D. J. Cecil, 2000: A census of precipitation features in the Tropics using TRMM: Radar, ice scattering, and lightning observations. J. Climate, 13, 4087-4106. (pdf)

Nesbitt, S. W., R. Zhang, and R. E. Orville, 2000: Seasonal and global NOx production by lightning estimated from the Optical Transient Detector (OTD). Tellus, 52, 1206-1215. (pdf)

1999

Nesbitt, S. W., 1999: A census of precipitation features in the tropics using TRMM: Radar, ice scattering, and lightning observations. M.S. Thesis, Dept. of Meteorology, Texas A&M Univ., College Station, TX 77843-3150, 96 pp.

precipitation • cloud dynamics • cloud microphysics • radar meteorology • satellite meteorology • high impact weather