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Ola Persson – Scientist
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Polar Observations and Processes Team
Affiliation: CIRES
Phone: (303) 497-5078
Mailing Address:
NOAA/ESRL Physical Sciences Division
325 Broadway
Boulder, CO 80305

Fax: (303) 497-6181


My atmospheric sciences career has included a large breadth of research topics, spanning extratropical cyclone structure, mesoscale dynamics, cloud microphysics, coastal and topographic influences on precipitation and airflow, atmospheric boundary layers and turbulence, polar surface energy budgets, polar clouds-boundary layers-surface interaction processes, operational use of Doppler radar data, and wind energy assessment. Research on these topics have yielded a number of notable accomplishments, required my leadership and management skills, produced opportunities for outreach and education, and provided some broader impacts for both the scientific community and the general public

Research Interests

  • mesoscale meteorology
  • polar meteorology
  • atmospheric boundary-layer processes
  • air-ice-ocean interactions
  • surface energy budgets


  • Ph.D., Meteorology, Pennsylvania State University, May 1991
  • M.Sc., Atmospheric Science, UW-Seattle, Aug 1980
  • B.S., Meteorology, Pennsylvania State University, Mar 1977
  • B.S., Mathematics, Pennsylvania State University, Mar 1977

Selected Publications

  • Persson, P. Ola G., C. W. Fairall, E. L. Andreas, P. S. Guest, and D. K. Perovich, 2002: Measurements near the Atmospheric Surface Flux Group tower at SHEBA: Near-surface conditions and surface energy budget. J. Geophys. Res. 107(C10), 8045, doi:10.1029/2000JC000705.
  • Hobbs, P. V. and P. Ola G. Persson, 1982: The mesoscale and microscale structure and organization of clouds and precipitation in midlatitude cyclones. Part V: The substructure of narrow cold-frontal rainbands. J. Atmos. Sci., 39, 280-295.
  • Uttal, T., J. A. Curry, M. G. McPhee, D. K. Perovich, R. E. Moritz, J. A. Maslanik, Peter S. Guest, H. L. Stern, J. A. Moore, R. Turenne, A. Heiberg, M. C. Serreze, D. P. Wylie, O. G. Persson, C. A. Paulson, C. Halle, J. H. Morison, P. A. Wheeler, A. Makshtas, H. Welch, M. D. Shupe, J. M. Intrieri, K Stamnes, R. W. Lindsey, R. Pinkel, W. S. Pegau, T. P. Stanton, and T. C. Grenfeld, 2002: The surface heat budget of the Arctic, Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 83, 255-275.
  • Neiman, P.J., F.M. Ralph, A.B. White, D.A. Kingsmill, and P.O.G.Persson, 2002: The statistical relationship between upslope flow and rainfall in California’s coastal mountains: Observations during CALJET. Mon. Wea. Rev., 130, 1468-1492.
  • Intrieri, J., C. W. Fairall, M. D. Shupe, P. O. G. Persson, E. L. Andreas, P. S. Guest, and R. E. Moritz, 2002: An annual cycle of Arctic surface cloud forcing at SHEBA. J. Geophys. Res, 107 (C10), 8039, doi:10.1029/2000JC000439.

Professional Activities

  • research on Arctic atmospheric and air-surface processes
  • making process-level measurements
  • model representation/validation of physical processes

Professional Memberships

  • American Geophysical Union
  • American Meteorological Society
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Honors and Awards

  • Coauthor, 2010 OAR Outstanding Scientific Paper
  • 2008 AGU Editor’s Citation for Excellence in Refereeing