Allison McComiskey

Resume and Vita

Links of Interest:

SBDART [coming soon]

Staff Listing

Allison McComiskey

Physical Scientist

Global Radiation

Mailing Address:
NOAA ESRL Global Monitoring Division
325 Broadway R/GMD
Boulder CO 80305-3328

Phone: 303-669-8879

Allison McComiskey

Dr. Allison McComiskey is a physical scientist in the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory. She is the Group Chief of Global Radiation within the Global Monitoring Division. Dr. McComiskey’s research interests are in the radiative forcing of atmospheric constituents, specifically aerosol and clouds, that change in response to human actions and the long-term impact of these changes on the global energy budget. She is an observationalist recognizing the critical role of climate models in understanding climate processes, predicting future climate scenarios, and informing related policy decisions. Thus much of her work is undertaken with an eye toward expanding and improving observations for better climate process understanding and integrating measurements and models. Dr. McComiskey currently serves as the Chair of the Broadband Radiation Working Group of the Baseline Surface Radiation Network, co-Chair of the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) Atmosphere Collaboration Team, and as an external board member of the Aerosols, Clouds, and Trace Gases Research Infrastructure (ACTRIS), EU. She has a long-standing relationship with the Department of Energy ASR and ARM programs and has served on several science and infrastructure advisory committees with these programs.


Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara
M.A. Northern Arizona University
B.S. Southern Methodist University

Current Foci

  • increasing the density and quality of surface radiation and heat flux measurements
  • the impact of changes in aerosol versus changes in atmospheric moisture on cloud radiative effects
  • Arctic atmospheric processes and feedbacks to surface energy budgets
  • development of novel approaches for monitoring the vertical distribution of aerosol properties