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University of Colorado
216 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0216

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Boulder, CO 80305-3328
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PSD Staff Listing

Dan Wolfe

Research Scientist


In 1969 Dan entered the U.S. Coast Guard and served as a Marine Science Technician , first aboard the icebreaker Glacier followed by 2 yrs at the Coast Guard Oceanographic Unit in Washington, D.C. This work consisted of both oceanographic and meteorological research and support. While at the Oceanographic Unit he helped plan and carry-out several baseline studies on the marine eco-system in the Beaufort Sea off the coast of Prudhoe Bay, AK. Dan also trained as a diver for 4-weeks in Key West at the Naval Underwater Swimmer's School . Diving duties included several dives beneath the ice in the Arctic Ocean. After leaving the Coast Guard and while attending college, Dan worked as a CO-OP student for the Doppler radar group in NOAA's Wave Propagation Laboratory, participating in the National Hail Research Experiment and helped build an FM-CW radar. Following graduation Dan was hired by NOAA's Boulder Atmospheric Studies group where he helped instrument the Boulder Atmospheric Observatory (BAO) and conduct several multi-agency boundary layer studies and instrumention comparisons. Dan worked at the BAO from 1978 until 1987 and served as site manager before moving his office into Boulder Daily Camera 1983 . From 1987-1990 he participated multiple field studies including the Convective INitiation and Downburst Experiment, several Front Range air pollution studies and managed the first ETL field tests of the boundary layer wind profilers during the Grand Canyon Visibility Study. During this period he also served on the scientific review panel for the State of Colorado's Senate Bill 77 Visibility Report. In 1991 he was ETL's project leader for the leads experiment (LEADEX), operating the first ever wind profiler on the Arctic ice pack. This Arctic experience carried over into Dan's work at the South Pole where he help operate a 915 MHz wind profiler and setup sonic anemometers for flux measurements. In 1993 he transferred to the newly formed SDID group within ETL to help develop an integrated mobile profiling system (MPS). Other experiences included measuring integrated water vapor using GPS, wind profiler signal processing and quality control, and remote sensor integration and data assimilation. In 2004 Dan became Deputy Branch Chief under Dr Chris Fairall of the Clouds Radiation and Surface Processes Group. As Deputy Dan was responsible for tracking all funding within the Group. In 2006 ETL was reorganized as the Earth Systems Research Laboratory and the Group increased from 15 to 35 people as the Weather and Climate Physics Group. Besides managing the finacial side, Dan oversees the logistics for the SEARCH project in Eureka, Canada and for the annual ship cruises. Dan also participates in one of more ship experiments a year and continues to manage the BAO. Dan has aspirations of retiring soon and coming back part-time work exclusively at the BAO. Hobbies: golf, Volleyball, biking, snorkelling, camping


  • B.S., Meteorology, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Aug 1975
  • M.S., Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University, Jun 1985

Research Interests

Professional Memberships

  • American Meteorological Society


  • Distinguished Career Award (2010)
  • NOAA Bronze Medal (2003)
  • NOAA Administrator's Award (2001)