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Katherine L. McCaffrey – Postdoctoral Research Scientist
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Boundary Layer Observations and Process Team
Affiliation: Contractor
Phone: (303) 497-5096
Mailing Address:
NOAA/ESRL Physical Sciences Division
325 Broadway
Boulder, CO 80305

Fax: (303) 497-5096


Katherine is an NRC postdoctoral research scientist working in the Wilczak Boundary Layer Meteorology research group, improving methods of measuring turbulence dissipation rates from wind profiling radars. She is currently working on the Wind Forecast Improvement Project (WFIP2) to observe dissipation rates in regions of complex terrain to improve wind forecast models.


  • Ph.D., Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, University of Colorado at Boulder, May 2014
  • M.S., Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, University of Colorado at Boulder, Dec 2011
  • B.A., Applied Mathematics, University of Saint Thomas (MN), May 2009


  • McCaffrey, K. , B. Fox-Kemper, P.E. Hamlington, J. Thomson, 2015: Characterization of Turbulence Anisotropy, Coherence, and Intermittency at a Prospective Tidal Energy Site: Observational Data Analysis. Renewable Energy, 76(4), 441-453.
  • Haney, S., S. Bachman, B. Cooper, S. Kupper, K. McCaffrey , L. Van Roekel, S. Stevenson, B. Fox-Kemper,R. Ferrari, 2012: Hurricane Wake Restratification Rates of 1, 2 and 3-Dimensional Processes. Journal of Marine Research, 70(6), 824-850.
  • McCaffrey, K. , B. Fox-Kemper, G. Forget, 2015: Estimates of Ocean Macro-turbulence: Structure Function and Spectral Slope from Argo Profiling Floats. Journal of Physical Oceanography, In revision.

Professional Memberships

  • American Geophysical Union
  • American Physical Society

Honors and Awards

  • NRC RAP Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • NOAA-ESRL/CIRES Graduate Research Fellowship
  • NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

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