Laura M. Hinkelman

Research Scientist/Engineer

Laura HinkelmanPhD, Meteorology, The Pennsylvania State University, 2003


Office:145 Wallace Hall
Phone: 206-897-1722
Fax: 206-685-3397

Research Interests

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
  • A Public-Private-Academic Partnership to Advance Solar Power Forecasting
  • Evaluation of MERRA Could and Radiative Variables using Integrated CALIPSO-CloudSat Data Productions

Selected Publications

"Influence of synoptic weather patterns on solar irradiance variability in northern Europe,” Parding, K., B. G. Liepert, L. M. Hinkelman, T. P. Ackerman, K.-F. Dagestad, and J. A. Osleth, 2015. Accepted for publication in J. Climate.

"A simple algorithm for identifying periods of snow accumulation on a radiometer,” Lapo, K. E., L. M. Hinkelman, C. Landry, A. Massman, and J. D. Lundquist, Water Resourc. Res., 51, doi: 10.1002/2015 WR017590 (2015).

"Using CERES SYN surface irradiance data as forcing for snowmelt simulation in complex terrain," Hinkelman, L. M., K. E. Lapo, N. C. Cristea, and J. D. Lundquist, J. Hydrometeor., 16:2133-2152, doi:10.1175/JHM-D-14-0179.1 (2015).

"Impact of errors in the downwelling irradiances on simulations of snow water equivalent, snow surface temperature, and the snow energy balance," Lapo, K. E., L. M. Hinkelman, M. S. Raleigh, and J. D. Lundquist.  Water Resourc. Res., 51, doi:10.1002/2014WR016259 (2015).

"Evaluation of ISCCP geostationary visible channel radiance calibration using the Moon," Stone, T. C., W. B. Rossow, J. Ferrier, and L. M. Hinkelman, IEEE TGARS, 51:1255-1266, doi:10.1109/TGRS.2012.2237520 (2013).
"Differences between along-wind and cross-wind solar irradiance variability on small spatial scales," L. M. Hinkelman, Solar Energy, 88:192-203, doi:10.1016/j.solener.2012.11.011 (2013).
"The validation of the GEWEX SRB surface shortwave flux data products using BSRN measurements: A systematic quality control, production, and application approach," T. Zhang, P. W. Stackhouse, Jr., S. K. Gupta, S. J. Cox, J. C. Mikovitz, and L. M. Hinkelman, J. Quant. Spectrosc. Rad. Transfer., doi:10.1016/j.jqsrt.2012.10.004 (2012).
"Shortwave absorptance in a tropical cloudy atmosphere: Reconciling calculations and observations," K. Parding, L. M. Hinkelman, T. P. Ackerman, and S. A. McFarlane, J. Geophys. Res., 116, D19202, doi:10.1029/2011JD015639 (2011).
"Evaluation of Multiangle Imaging Spectroradiometer cloud motion vectors using NOAA radar wind profiler data," L. M. Hinkelman, R. T. Marchand, and T. P. Ackerman, J. Geophys. Res., 114, D21207, doi:10.1029/2008JD011107 (2009).
"Surface insolation trends from satellite and ground measurements: Comparisons and challenges," L. M. Hinkelman, P. W. Stackhouse, Jr., B. A. Wielicki, T. Zhang, and S. R. Wilson, J. Geophys. Res., 114, D00D20, doi:10.1029/2008JD011004 (2009).
"Assessment of global annual atmospheric energy balance from satellite observations," B. Lin, P. W. Stackhouse, P. Minnis, B. A. Wielicki, Y. Hu, W. Sun, T.-F. Fan, and L. M. Hinkelman, J. Geophys. Res., 113, D16114, doi:10.1029/2008JD009869 (2008).
"The effect of cumulus cloud field anisotropy on domain-averaged solar fluxes and atmospheric heating rates," L. M. Hinkelman, K. F. Evans, E. E. Clothiaux, T. P. Ackerman, and P. W. Stackhouse, Jr., J. Atmos. Sci., 64(10):3499-3520 (2007).
"Effect of satellite-derived cloud property errors in computing domain-averaged irradiances with a 1D radiative transfer model," S. Kato, L. M. Hinkelman, and A. Cheng. J. Geophys. Res., 111, D17201, doi:10.1029/2005JD006668 (2006).
"A large-eddy simulation study of anisotropy in fair-weather cumulus cloud fields," L. M. Hinkelman, B. Stevens, and K. F. Evans, J. Atmos. Sci., 62(7):2155-2171 (2005).