Supervisory Physicist/Chief

Clouds, Radiation, and Surface Processes Division

NOAA Environmental Technology Laboratory

Boulder, CO




NRC Postdoctoral Research Associate, Naval Postgraduate School, 1971

Ph.D., Solid State Physics, Michigan State University, 1970.

B.S., Physics and Mathematics, Florida State University, 1966.



Air-sea interaction, measurements of fluxes, remote sensing of boundary layer and cloud properties, atmospheric turbulence, cloud-radiative coupling, parameterizations of turbulent and cloud properties, atmospheric dispersion.




1971-1977                               Adjunct Professor of Physics, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA.

1978-1983                               Principal Staff Member, BDM Corporation, Monterey, CA.

1982                                                    Visiting Scientist, RISO National Laboratory, Denmark.

1983-1985                               Assistant Professor of Meteorology, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA.

1986-1989                               Associate Professor of Meteorology, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA.  Tenure awarded, 1988.

1988                                                    Visiting Scientist, Naval Environmental Prediction Research Facility, Monterey, CA.

1989-Pres.                               NOAA/ERL Environmental Technology  Laboratory, Boulder, CO.





Fairall, C. W., J. E. Hare, and J. B. Snider, 1990: An eight-month sample of marine stratocumulus cloud fraction, albedo, and integrated liquid water.  J. Clim., 3, 847-864.


Chertock, B., C. W. Fairall, and A. B. White, 1993: Surface-based measurements and satellite retrievals of broken cloud properties in the equatorial Pacific.  J. Geophys. Res., 98, 18,489-18,500.


Frisch, A. S., D. H. Lenschow, C. W. Fairall, W. H. Schubert, and J. S. Gibson, 1995: Doppler radar measurements of turbulence in marine stratocumulus cloud during ASTEX.  J. Atmos. Sci., 52, 2800-2808.


White, A. B., C. W. Fairall, and J. B. Snider, 1995: Surface-based remote sensing of marine boundary layer cloud properties.  J. Atmos. Sci., 52, 2827-2838.


Fairall, C.W., E.F. Bradley, D.P. Rogers, J.B. Edson, and G.S. Young, 1996: Bulk parameterization of air-sea fluxes for TOGA COARE.   J. Geophys. Res.,101, 3747-3767.


White, A. B., C W. Fairall, A. S. Frisch, B. W. Orr, and J. B. Snider, 1996: Recent measurements of turbulence and microphysical parameters in marine boundary layer clouds.  Atmos. Res.,  40, 177-221.


Fairall, C.W., A.B. White, J.B. Edson, and J.E. Hare, 1997: Integrated shipboard measurements of the marine boundary layer.  J. Atmos. Oceanic Tech., 14, 338-359.


Fairall, C. W.,  J. E. Hare, J. B. Edson, and W. McGillis, 2000: Parameterization and measurement of air-sea gas transfer.  Bound.-Layer Meteorol.,  96, 63-105


Cronin, M. F., N. Bond, C. W. Fairall, J. E. Hare, M. J. McPhaden, and R. A. Weller, 2002: Enhanced oceanic and atmospheric monitoring for the Eastern Pacific Investigation of Climate Processes (EPIC) experiment.  EOS, Transactions of AGU, 83, 205-211.


Fairall, C. W., E. F. Bradley, J. E. Hare, A. A. Grachev, and J. B. Edson, 2002: Bulk parameterization of air-sea fluxes: Updates and verification for the COARE algorithm.  J. Clim., to appear.




SHEBA, FIRE, TOGA COARE, ARM Science Team member

Member The Oceanography Society, American Meteorological Society, and American Geophysical Union

Chairman, AMS Committee on Boundary Layers and Turbulence: 1987-1990; member, 1984-1992

Member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Coastal Meteorology: 1990-1993

General Co-Chairman of the 3rd International Symposium on Tropospheric Profiling: Hamburg, Germany, August, 1994

Associate Editor of Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences: 1991-1994

Member of the NSF Coastal Ocean Processes (CoOP) advisory committee: 1991-1994

Chairman, ARM Tropical Western Pacific Science Advisory Committee, 1995-Present

Member, International Geophysical Union International Climate Dynamics and Meteorology Working Group A (Boundary Layers and Air-Sea Interaction), 1996-Present.

NOAA outstanding paper award 1997

Fellow, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, 1999

Fellow, American Meteorological Society, elected 2000




Peter Webster - University Colorado/Georgia Tech                               James Edson -WHOI

Chris Bretherton - University of Washington                                          Bjorn Stevens - UCLA

Robert Weller -WHOI                                                                         Mike Banner - UNSW, Australia