I currently work in the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) Program Office. We are establishing drought early warning information systems in the Upper Colorado River Basin and the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin, with more basins to follow.
Prior to joining NIDIS I spent 20 years working in optical remote sensing at NOAA, focusing on Doppler lidar studies of mesoscale wind flows. I also worked on an International Polar Year project called International Arctic Systems for Observing the Atmosphere (IASOA), promoting collaborative research among atmospheric observatories located north of the Arctic Circle.
- M.S., Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University, Jun 2001
- B.S., Meteorology, Metropolitan State College of Denver, Jun 1990
- Darby, L.S., 2005: Cluster analysis of surface winds in Houston, Texas and the impact of wind patterns on ozone. J. Appl. Meteor., 44, 1788-1806.
- Darby, L.S., and G.S. Poulos, 2006: The Evolution of Lee Wave/Rotor Activity in the Lee of Pike’s Peak under the Influence of a Cold Frontal Passage: Implications for Aircraft Safety. Mon. Wea. Rev., 134, 2857-2876.
- Banta, R.M., C.J., Senff, J. Nielsen-Gammon, L.S. Darby, T.B. Ryerson, R.J. Alvarez, S.P. Sandberg, E.J. Williams, and M. Trainer, 2005: A bad air day in Houston. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 86, 657-669.
- Darby, L.S., R.M. Banta, and R.A. Pielke, Sr., 2002: Comparisons between mesoscale model terrain sensitivity studies and Doppler lidar measurements of the sea breeze at Monterey Bay. Mon. Wea. Rev., 130, 2813-2838.
- Banta, R. M., L. D. Olivier, and D. H. Levinson, 1993: Evolution of the Monterey Bay sea-breeze layer as observed by pulsed Doppler lidar. J. Atmos. Sci., 50, 3959-3982.
- American Meteorological Society
- American Geophysical Union
- Outstanding Scientific Paper Award, 1995. For the paper: Banta, R.M.
- NOAA Employee of the Year Award, October, 2000.
- NOAA/DOC Bronze Medal, 2003. For facilitating workgroup meetings for NOAA’s SFA