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Laura Bianco – Research Scientist
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Boundary Layer Observations and Processes Team
Affiliation: CIRES
Phone: (303) 497-6520
Mailing Address:
NOAA/ESRL Physical Sciences Division
325 Broadway
Boulder, CO 80305

Fax: (303) 497-6181


Dr. Bianco is a researcher in the field of remote sensing of the atmospheric boundary layer. The boundary layer is the turbulent layer closest to the Earth's surface, and knowledge of its depth and structure is essential for improving meteorological forecasts. In specific, knowledge of the boundary layer is important for accurate forecasting in weather and climate models; for real-time forecasting of dispersion of hazardous materials, and of wind for renewable energy; and for predicting ozone and particulate matter concentrations in air quality forecast models. Dr. Bianco has expanded her research to investigate boundary layer processes in hurricanes. In particular, she has undertaken a study of the effects that sea-spray droplets have in controlling the maximum intensity that hurricanes reach. Hurricanes are essentially heat engines that are driven by the transfer of heat energy from the warm ocean to the cooler atmosphere, and Dr. Bianco's work in this field is aimed to demonstrate the importance of sea-spray droplets in transferring this energy. Most recently Dr. Bianco is focusing on improving wind forecasts for wind energy purposes. In 2011-2013 she participated in the Wind Forecast Improvement Project (WFIP), a Department of Energy (DOE) funded project aimed at improving the short term forecast at hub height. Starting from October 2015 she is involved in the DOE/NOAA funded WFIP2 project aimed to improve numerical weather prediction models' parameterizations in complex terrain. Dr. Bianco is co-Lead of the PSD Boundary Layer Observations and Processes research team.

Research Interests

  • Boundary-layer meteorology
  • Remote sensing of the atmosphere
  • Radar wind profiler signal processing
  • Air-sea interaction & Hurricane modeling
  • Renewable energy


  • Ph.D., Atmospheric Science, University of L'Aquila, Italy, Feb 2002
  • M.S., Physics, University of L'Aquila, Italy, Jul 1998

Professional Activities

Professional Memberships

  • American Meteorological Society