Laura M. Hinkelman
PhD, Meteorology, The Pennsylvania State University, 2003
Dr. Hinkelman is a research scientist at the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean of the University of Washington. Her research interests include the Earth's energy budget, long-term trends in surface insolation, and the effect of clouds on atmospheric radiative transfer. Dr. Hinkelman has worked extensively with ground-based measurements and satellite retrievals of solar fluxes as well as Monte Carlo radiative transfer computations. Her current projects focus on evaluating and applying measured radiation data. She is collaborates in the evaluation of satellite retrieved surface radiative fluxes for the NASA/GEWEX Surface Radiation Budget product. In this capacity, she also authored a chapter comparing fluxes from a number of satellite products to ground-based measurements for the GEWEX Radiative Flux Assessment. (A report from the Assessment will be available in 2013.) Dr. Hinkelman leads a project to test the utility of satellite radiation data as input to snowmelt models. This includes testing the relative importance of spatial and temporal resolution in the flux data to snowmelt. Her most recent area of application is solar energy, where her projects focus on characterizing solar irradiance variability and its sources at small spatial scales. This knowledge is important for the inclusion of solar energy on the larger electrical grid. The aim of all her research is to improve our understanding of radiative transfer through the atmosphere and to apply this understanding to practical problems with societal relevance.
Current Research Projects
- Using CERES and MODIS Data to Improve Energy Balance Snowmelt Modeling
- The NASA/WCRP-GEWEX Surface Radiation Budget (SRB) Project: Assessing and improving 25 years of global and regional SRB variability from cloud and aerosol processes
- Relating Solar Resource Variability to Cloud Type