Laboratory Reviews

Laboratory science reviews are conducted to evaluate the quality, relevance, and performance of research conducted in NOAA/OAR laboratories. These reviews help to strategically position laboratories in their planning of future science and are intended to ensure that laboratory research is linked to the NOAA Strategic Plan, remains relevant to the NOAA research mission and its priorities, and is consistent with NOAA planning, programming, and budgeting processes.

ARL’s next review is March 2022. Prior to that were a review in June 2016, and one was in May 2011. Please use the links below to access information for these reviews.

Prior Reviews

Laboratory Review June 21-23, 2016

NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction
5830 University Research Court
College Park, MD 20740

Laboratory Review May 3-5, 2011

Silver Spring Metro Center #3
1315 East West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Upcoming Review – March 2022

11:00 AM ET start Day 1 Tuesday, March 22, 2022 Day 2 Wednesday, March 23, 2022 Day 3 Thursday, March 24, 2022
Welcome and Introductions (20 min) OAR and Portfolio Overview (DAA, Portfolio Steward) (40 min) Lab/Program Director Presentation and Discussion (60 min) Theme 2 ( 1-Hour) (15 min overview presentation, 45 min discussion) Theme 3 ( 1-Hour) (15 min overview presentation, 45 min discussion)
Stakeholder Feedback Session (no ARL, need moderator) (30 min) Concurrent Sessions: Stakeholder Feedback Session (no ARL, need moderator) (30 min) Line Office Representative Feedback Session w/ Gary
Theme 1 1-Hour (15 min overview presentation, 45 min discussion) CI/Postdoc Session. 45 mins Review panel discussion (closed) (60 min)
Stakeholder Feedback Session (no ARL, need moderator)(30 min; closed to ARL staff) Review panel discussion (closed) (30 min) Panel Reports Out to OAR/Lab Leadership (60 min)
Review panel discussion (no feds: closed) (30 min)

Most presentations are pre-recorded and posted at least 2 weeks before review. Theme overview presentations are quick reviews of posted presentations.

All Sessions begin at 11:00 AM Eastern Time, or:
UTC/Dublin: 15:00 PM
New Mexico: 9:00 AM
Pacific 8:00 AM

ARL Virtual Review Agenda, March 22-24, 2022


Tuesday March 22, 2022: Day One

11:00 – 11:20 Welcome and Introductions – Craig McLean or designee (20 mins)

11:20 – 11:45 Overview of NOAA Research and Context for the Review – Gary Matlock (25 mins)

• NOAA Structure
• OAR Structure
• OAR Vision and Mission
• Purpose of Lab and Program Reviews
• OAR over the last 5 years
• OAR Strategic Plan and Implementation Plan
• How does ARL fit into it?

11:45 – 12:00 OAR Portfolio Presentation – SPEAKER TBD (15 mins)

• Background of Portfolios
• How does the portfolio
• Where does ARL fit into portfolio structure

12:00 – 12:15 Discussion and Clarifying Questions

12:15 – 12:30 Break

12:30 – 1:15 Overview of the Air Resources Laboratory – Ariel Stein (45 mins)

• History of lab/program
• Overall lab demographics
• Bibliometrics
• Overall economic valuation of ARL
• Review of research areas, funding, and staffing trends
• An introduction to the overarching management strategy for the ARL.
• Results from previous review. Status of actions taken to meet recommendations.
• Where does the lab/program see itself going in the next 5 years, based on ARL’s most recent Strategic Plan
• Highlight collaborations and partnerships
• Major strategic management issues/challenges
• What is ARL’s R&D “pipeline,” and what metrics are used to measure the current transition success?
• With respect to measures of quality and performance: what progress and/or milestone metrics have been achieved

1:15 – 1:25 Discussion and Clarifying Questions

1:25 –1:45 Break

Theme One: Surface-Atmosphere Exchange

1:45 – 2:00 Session Introduction – Rick Saylor (15 mins)

2:00 – 2:45 Session Discussion (45 mins) – Moderated discussion with review panel and presenters.

• NAQFC – past five years and current implementation – Patrick Campbell
• UFS atmospheric composition models – Barry Baker
• SEBN – John Kochendorfer
• SEBN and potentially NSF AK – Praveena Krishnan
• Reactive flux measurements and modeling (Nitrogen, et al) – Nebila Lichiheb
• Aircraft measurements (GHG, CO2, etc) – Xinrong Ren
• Long term monitoring of Mercury – Winston Luke

2:45 – 3:00 Break (15 mins) – Transition to virtual breakout rooms for concurrent sessions. End of day for anyone not participating in closed sessions.

3:00 – 3:30 Stakeholder Session (30 mins)

• Surface-Atmosphere Exchange Stakeholder Feedback Session (Closed Session)

3:30 – 3:35 Break (5 mins) – Transition to virtual room for review panel

3:35 – 4:05 Review Panel Discussion (30 mins, Closed Session)

4:05 – 4:15 Day 1 Reflections & Preview of Day 2 Ariel Stein (10 mins, Closed Session)


Wednesday, March 23, 2022

11:00 – 11:05 Welcome to Day 2 – Ariel Stein (5 minutes)

Theme Two: Atmospheric Transport And Dispersion

11:05 – 11:20 Session Introduction – Mark Cohen (15 minutes)

11:20 – 12:05 Session Discussion (45 minutes) – Moderated discussion with panel and presenters.

• Nuclear Applications and Emergency Response – Tianfeng Chai
• Wildfire Applications and Emergency Response – HyunCheol Kim
• Volcano Applications and Emergency Response – Alice Crawford
• Chemical Applications and Emergency Response – Sonny Zinn
• Model Evaluation / Improvement with Tracers – Fantine Ngan
• Source Estimation using Inversions – Chris Loughner

12:05 –12:15 Break (10 mins) Transition to virtual breakout rooms for concurrent sessions. End of day for anyone not participating in closed sessions.

12:15 – 12:45 Stakeholder Session (30 mins)

• Theme 2 Stakeholder Feedback Session (Closed Session)

12:45 – 1:30 CI / Postdoc Lunch (45 minutes)

1:30 – 1:45 Break (15 mins) – Transition to virtual room for review panel

1:45 – 2:15 Review Panel Discussion (30 mins, Closed Session)

2:15 – 2:30 Day 2 Reflections & Preview of Day 3 (Ariel Stein, 15 mins, Closed Session)


Thursday, March 24, 2022

11:00 – 11:05 Welcome to Day 3 – Ariel Stein (5 minutes)

Theme Three: Boundary Layer Characterization

11:05 – 11:20 Session Introduction – Tilden Meyers (15 mins)

11:20 – 12:05 Session Discussion (45 mins) – Moderated discussion with review panel and presenters.

• Long Term Measurements and Science – Howard Diamond
• Research Mesonets and WRF- Walt Schalk
• Urban Boundary Layer: DCNet – Will Pendergrass
• Land Atmosphere Interactions, Campaigns – Tilden Meyers
• New Boundary Layer Technologies – Temple Lee/Ed Dumas

12:05 – 12:15 Break (10mins) – Transition to virtual breakout rooms for concurrent sessions. End of day for others

12:15 – 12:45 Concurrent: Line office / Stakeholder Session (30 mins)

• Theme 3 Stakeholder Feedback Session (Closed Session)
• Line Office Stakeholder session

12:45 – 1:00 Break (15 mins) – Transition to virtual room for review panel

1:00 – 2:00 Review Panel Discussion (60 mins, Closed Session)

2:00 – 3:00 Panel Reports Out to OAR/Lab Leadership (60 mins)

3:00 – 3:15 Closing

Review Chair: John T. Walker
Title: Senior Chemist U.S. EPA, Office of Research and Development
Staff Profile/Link to website: Walker
Relevance: Dr. Walker’s research interests include: measurement and modeling of atmosphere-biosphere exchange of mass and energy, measurement and modeling of trace gas emissions from natural and agricultural sources, measurement and modeling of trace gas and particle air-surface exchange in agricultural and forest landscapes, biogeochemical cycling of nitrogen, processes of secondary aerosol formation in the atmosphere, and micrometeorology.

Reviewers

John Fulton
Manager, Accident Consequence Modeling and Assessment Department, Sandia National Labs
Staff Profile: Fulton
Research Theme Expertise: Atmospheric Transport and Dispersion
Relevance: John Fulton led the development of the Turbo FRMAC software and gained expertise in Health Physics, Emergency Response, and the methodologies and operation of the Federal Radiological Management and Assessment Center. John recently led the development of the Launch Safety Atmospheric Transport and Consequence group where he applied his expertise in dynamic plume rise, health physics, atmospheric transport and dispersion to assess the potential impacts of a launch failure for the Mars 2020 launch.

Erik Kabela
Meteorologist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Staff Profile: Kabela
Research Theme Expertise: Atmospheric Transport and Dispersion
Erik Kabela is a Meteorologist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the Nuclear Nonproliferation Division. His current research and development focuses in a wide range of atmospheric science contexts, including meteorological modeling, transport and dispersion modeling, emergency response, data collection and analysis, meteorological instrumentation, and radar. Prior to joining Oak Ridge, Erik spent 5 years at the Savannah River National Laboratory in the Atmospheric Technologies Group.

Rohit Mathur
Senior Scientist, EPA’s National Exposure Research Laboratory
Staff Profile: Mathur
Research Theme Expertise: Surface Exchange
Dr. Mathur studies a number of methods to represent the physical and chemical behavior of atmospheric pollutants in comprehensive modeling frameworks. Through a multidisciplinary approach involving physical, numerical and computational modeling, my work has focused on continually enhancing the science in air quality models through exploring the development of novel new modeling methodologies.

Susan O’Neill
Research Air Quality Engineer,  US Forest Service
Staff Profile: O’Neill
Research Theme Expertise: Atmospheric Transport and Dispersion
Dr. O’Neill studies the impact of hazardous fine particulate matter (PM2.5) concentrations for extended periods, primarily due to wildfires. She also studies the processes that influence wildland fires and the effects of fires, including the natural role of wildland fire, forest management, ignitions, emissions, transport, chemistry, and human health impacts.

Astrid Suarez 
Chief, Analysis Branch, Meteorological Modeling and Analysis Mission Air Force Technical Applications Center
Research Theme Expertise: Atmospheric Transport and Dispersion
Astrid Suarez, Ph.D., serves as Analysis Branch Chief for the Meteorological Modeling and Analysis Mission at the Air Force Technical Applications Center, Patrick AFB, FL. She earned her B.S in Meteorology from Western Kentucky University and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Meteorology from the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Suarez currently leads a team of meteorologists in support of a national security mission that monitors worldwide nuclear treaty compliance and nuclear surprises. Her work primarily focuses on improving numerical weather prediction and atmospheric transport and dispersion applications for nuclear monitoring efforts. She regularly serves as a national-level expert for work with major universities, national laboratories, and other U.S. government agencies and has been the recipient of various institutional awards.

Peter Thorne
Professor in Physical Geography (Climate Change) at Maynooth University in Ireland & Director of the Irish Climate Analysis and Research UnitS group (ICARUS); Director of ICARUS,
Department of Geography, Maynooth University, Co. Kildare, Ireland.
Staff Profile/Link to website: Thorne
Research Theme Expertise: Boundary Layer Characterization
Dr. Thorne is a climate scientist and researches observed climate changes globally. He co-chair of the GCOS Working Group on the Global Climate Observing System Reference Upper Air Network (GRUAN) to implement a high quality reference network of traceable and comparable measurement capabilities at a subset of global locations in support of monitoring, characterizing broader aspects of the global observing system (including satellites) and process understanding. He was a Lead Author on 5th Assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the 2014 US National Climate Assessment and also served as a Lead Author on the US CCSP1.1 report on atmospheric temperature trends.

David D. Turner
Title: Lead, Model Assessment Section, Assimilation Development Branch, Global Systems Division, Earth Systems Research Laboratory
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Staff Profile: Turner
Research Theme Expertise: Boundary Layer Characterization
Dr. Turner is an expert on the boundary layer and land-atmosphere interactions, including turbulent interactions and the how the land surface affects cloud properties and vice versa. He conducts research on the boundary layer thermodynamic and dynamic structure, diurnal evolution, convection and convective initiation, and other processes via passive and active remote sensing of boundary layer.

Agenda
11:00 AM ET start Day 1 Tuesday, March 22, 2022 Day 2 Wednesday, March 23, 2022 Day 3 Thursday, March 24, 2022
Welcome and Introductions (20 min) OAR and Portfolio Overview (DAA, Portfolio Steward) (40 min) Lab/Program Director Presentation and Discussion (60 min) Theme 2 ( 1-Hour) (15 min overview presentation, 45 min discussion) Theme 3 ( 1-Hour) (15 min overview presentation, 45 min discussion)
Stakeholder Feedback Session (no ARL, need moderator) (30 min) Concurrent Sessions: Stakeholder Feedback Session (no ARL, need moderator) (30 min) Line Office Representative Feedback Session w/ Gary
Theme 1 1-Hour (15 min overview presentation, 45 min discussion) CI/Postdoc Session. 45 mins Review panel discussion (closed) (60 min)
Stakeholder Feedback Session (no ARL, need moderator)(30 min; closed to ARL staff) Review panel discussion (closed) (30 min) Panel Reports Out to OAR/Lab Leadership (60 min)
Review panel discussion (no feds: closed) (30 min)

Most presentations are pre-recorded and posted at least 2 weeks before review. Theme overview presentations are quick reviews of posted presentations.

All Sessions begin at 11:00 AM Eastern Time, or:
UTC/Dublin: 15:00 PM
New Mexico: 9:00 AM
Pacific 8:00 AM

ARL Virtual Review Agenda, March 22-24, 2022


Tuesday March 22, 2022: Day One

11:00 – 11:20 Welcome and Introductions – Craig McLean or designee (20 mins)

11:20 – 11:45 Overview of NOAA Research and Context for the Review – Gary Matlock (25 mins)

• NOAA Structure
• OAR Structure
• OAR Vision and Mission
• Purpose of Lab and Program Reviews
• OAR over the last 5 years
• OAR Strategic Plan and Implementation Plan
• How does ARL fit into it?

11:45 – 12:00 OAR Portfolio Presentation – SPEAKER TBD (15 mins)

• Background of Portfolios
• How does the portfolio
• Where does ARL fit into portfolio structure

12:00 – 12:15 Discussion and Clarifying Questions

12:15 – 12:30 Break

12:30 – 1:15 Overview of the Air Resources Laboratory – Ariel Stein (45 mins)

• History of lab/program
• Overall lab demographics
• Bibliometrics
• Overall economic valuation of ARL
• Review of research areas, funding, and staffing trends
• An introduction to the overarching management strategy for the ARL.
• Results from previous review. Status of actions taken to meet recommendations.
• Where does the lab/program see itself going in the next 5 years, based on ARL’s most recent Strategic Plan
• Highlight collaborations and partnerships
• Major strategic management issues/challenges
• What is ARL’s R&D “pipeline,” and what metrics are used to measure the current transition success?
• With respect to measures of quality and performance: what progress and/or milestone metrics have been achieved

1:15 – 1:25 Discussion and Clarifying Questions

1:25 –1:45 Break

Theme One: Surface-Atmosphere Exchange

1:45 – 2:00 Session Introduction – Rick Saylor (15 mins)

2:00 – 2:45 Session Discussion (45 mins) – Moderated discussion with review panel and presenters.

• NAQFC – past five years and current implementation – Patrick Campbell
• UFS atmospheric composition models – Barry Baker
• SEBN – John Kochendorfer
• SEBN and potentially NSF AK – Praveena Krishnan
• Reactive flux measurements and modeling (Nitrogen, et al) – Nebila Lichiheb
• Aircraft measurements (GHG, CO2, etc) – Xinrong Ren
• Long term monitoring of Mercury – Winston Luke

2:45 – 3:00 Break (15 mins) – Transition to virtual breakout rooms for concurrent sessions. End of day for anyone not participating in closed sessions.

3:00 – 3:30 Stakeholder Session (30 mins)

• Surface-Atmosphere Exchange Stakeholder Feedback Session (Closed Session)

3:30 – 3:35 Break (5 mins) – Transition to virtual room for review panel

3:35 – 4:05 Review Panel Discussion (30 mins, Closed Session)

4:05 – 4:15 Day 1 Reflections & Preview of Day 2 Ariel Stein (10 mins, Closed Session)


Wednesday, March 23, 2022

11:00 – 11:05 Welcome to Day 2 – Ariel Stein (5 minutes)

Theme Two: Atmospheric Transport And Dispersion

11:05 – 11:20 Session Introduction – Mark Cohen (15 minutes)

11:20 – 12:05 Session Discussion (45 minutes) – Moderated discussion with panel and presenters.

• Nuclear Applications and Emergency Response – Tianfeng Chai
• Wildfire Applications and Emergency Response – HyunCheol Kim
• Volcano Applications and Emergency Response – Alice Crawford
• Chemical Applications and Emergency Response – Sonny Zinn
• Model Evaluation / Improvement with Tracers – Fantine Ngan
• Source Estimation using Inversions – Chris Loughner

12:05 –12:15 Break (10 mins) Transition to virtual breakout rooms for concurrent sessions. End of day for anyone not participating in closed sessions.

12:15 – 12:45 Stakeholder Session (30 mins)

• Theme 2 Stakeholder Feedback Session (Closed Session)

12:45 – 1:30 CI / Postdoc Lunch (45 minutes)

1:30 – 1:45 Break (15 mins) – Transition to virtual room for review panel

1:45 – 2:15 Review Panel Discussion (30 mins, Closed Session)

2:15 – 2:30 Day 2 Reflections & Preview of Day 3 (Ariel Stein, 15 mins, Closed Session)


Thursday, March 24, 2022

11:00 – 11:05 Welcome to Day 3 – Ariel Stein (5 minutes)

Theme Three: Boundary Layer Characterization

11:05 – 11:20 Session Introduction – Tilden Meyers (15 mins)

11:20 – 12:05 Session Discussion (45 mins) – Moderated discussion with review panel and presenters.

• Long Term Measurements and Science – Howard Diamond
• Research Mesonets and WRF- Walt Schalk
• Urban Boundary Layer: DCNet – Will Pendergrass
• Land Atmosphere Interactions, Campaigns – Tilden Meyers
• New Boundary Layer Technologies – Temple Lee/Ed Dumas

12:05 – 12:15 Break (10mins) – Transition to virtual breakout rooms for concurrent sessions. End of day for others

12:15 – 12:45 Concurrent: Line office / Stakeholder Session (30 mins)

• Theme 3 Stakeholder Feedback Session (Closed Session)
• Line Office Stakeholder session

12:45 – 1:00 Break (15 mins) – Transition to virtual room for review panel

1:00 – 2:00 Review Panel Discussion (60 mins, Closed Session)

2:00 – 3:00 Panel Reports Out to OAR/Lab Leadership (60 mins)

3:00 – 3:15 Closing

Review Team

Review Chair: John T. Walker
Title: Senior Chemist U.S. EPA, Office of Research and Development
Staff Profile/Link to website: Walker
Relevance: Dr. Walker’s research interests include: measurement and modeling of atmosphere-biosphere exchange of mass and energy, measurement and modeling of trace gas emissions from natural and agricultural sources, measurement and modeling of trace gas and particle air-surface exchange in agricultural and forest landscapes, biogeochemical cycling of nitrogen, processes of secondary aerosol formation in the atmosphere, and micrometeorology.

Reviewers

John Fulton
Manager, Accident Consequence Modeling and Assessment Department, Sandia National Labs
Staff Profile: Fulton
Research Theme Expertise: Atmospheric Transport and Dispersion
Relevance: John Fulton led the development of the Turbo FRMAC software and gained expertise in Health Physics, Emergency Response, and the methodologies and operation of the Federal Radiological Management and Assessment Center. John recently led the development of the Launch Safety Atmospheric Transport and Consequence group where he applied his expertise in dynamic plume rise, health physics, atmospheric transport and dispersion to assess the potential impacts of a launch failure for the Mars 2020 launch.

Erik Kabela
Meteorologist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Staff Profile: Kabela
Research Theme Expertise: Atmospheric Transport and Dispersion
Erik Kabela is a Meteorologist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the Nuclear Nonproliferation Division. His current research and development focuses in a wide range of atmospheric science contexts, including meteorological modeling, transport and dispersion modeling, emergency response, data collection and analysis, meteorological instrumentation, and radar. Prior to joining Oak Ridge, Erik spent 5 years at the Savannah River National Laboratory in the Atmospheric Technologies Group.

Rohit Mathur
Senior Scientist, EPA’s National Exposure Research Laboratory
Staff Profile: Mathur
Research Theme Expertise: Surface Exchange
Dr. Mathur studies a number of methods to represent the physical and chemical behavior of atmospheric pollutants in comprehensive modeling frameworks. Through a multidisciplinary approach involving physical, numerical and computational modeling, my work has focused on continually enhancing the science in air quality models through exploring the development of novel new modeling methodologies.

Susan O’Neill
Research Air Quality Engineer,  US Forest Service
Staff Profile: O’Neill
Research Theme Expertise: Atmospheric Transport and Dispersion
Dr. O’Neill studies the impact of hazardous fine particulate matter (PM2.5) concentrations for extended periods, primarily due to wildfires. She also studies the processes that influence wildland fires and the effects of fires, including the natural role of wildland fire, forest management, ignitions, emissions, transport, chemistry, and human health impacts.

Astrid Suarez 
Chief, Analysis Branch, Meteorological Modeling and Analysis Mission Air Force Technical Applications Center
Research Theme Expertise: Atmospheric Transport and Dispersion
Astrid Suarez, Ph.D., serves as Analysis Branch Chief for the Meteorological Modeling and Analysis Mission at the Air Force Technical Applications Center, Patrick AFB, FL. She earned her B.S in Meteorology from Western Kentucky University and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Meteorology from the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Suarez currently leads a team of meteorologists in support of a national security mission that monitors worldwide nuclear treaty compliance and nuclear surprises. Her work primarily focuses on improving numerical weather prediction and atmospheric transport and dispersion applications for nuclear monitoring efforts. She regularly serves as a national-level expert for work with major universities, national laboratories, and other U.S. government agencies and has been the recipient of various institutional awards.

Peter Thorne
Professor in Physical Geography (Climate Change) at Maynooth University in Ireland & Director of the Irish Climate Analysis and Research UnitS group (ICARUS); Director of ICARUS,
Department of Geography, Maynooth University, Co. Kildare, Ireland.
Staff Profile/Link to website: Thorne
Research Theme Expertise: Boundary Layer Characterization
Dr. Thorne is a climate scientist and researches observed climate changes globally. He co-chair of the GCOS Working Group on the Global Climate Observing System Reference Upper Air Network (GRUAN) to implement a high quality reference network of traceable and comparable measurement capabilities at a subset of global locations in support of monitoring, characterizing broader aspects of the global observing system (including satellites) and process understanding. He was a Lead Author on 5th Assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the 2014 US National Climate Assessment and also served as a Lead Author on the US CCSP1.1 report on atmospheric temperature trends.

David D. Turner
Title: Lead, Model Assessment Section, Assimilation Development Branch, Global Systems Division, Earth Systems Research Laboratory
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Staff Profile: Turner
Research Theme Expertise: Boundary Layer Characterization
Dr. Turner is an expert on the boundary layer and land-atmosphere interactions, including turbulent interactions and the how the land surface affects cloud properties and vice versa. He conducts research on the boundary layer thermodynamic and dynamic structure, diurnal evolution, convection and convective initiation, and other processes via passive and active remote sensing of boundary layer.

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