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Richard J. Lataitis – Associate Director
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Director's Office
Affiliation: NOAA
Phone: (303) 497-6523
Mailing Address:
NOAA/ESRL Physical Sciences Division
325 Broadway
Boulder, CO 80305

Fax: (303) 497-6020


Richard Lataitis joined the NOAA Wave Propagation Laboratory (WPL) as a student in 1979. His early work included the development of theories related to the propagation of electromagnetic and acoustic waves through random media as applied to the remote sensing of the Earth's atmosphere and oceans. In 1993, WPL was rechristened the Environmental Technology Laboratory (ETL) to reflect a broader applied research mission, and Richard's interests turned toward radar scattering theory and signal processing methods related to wind profiler radars, including the Radio Acoustic Sounding System (RASS) measurement of temperature profiles, which formed the basis of his Ph.D. thesis. Richard was appointed Deputy Director of ETL in 2000, and served in a similar capacity through 2015 within the Physical Sciences Division (PSD) of the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory created in 2005 as part of a broader NOAA Boulder laboratory consolidation. As the current PSD Associate Director, Richard serves as the Chair of the PSD Research Council, and works with the PSD Director, Deputy Director, Senior Scientist and PSD Team Leads to help initiate, coordinate, integrate and execute research activities across PSD.

Research Interests

  • Wave Propagation and Scattering
  • Ground-Based Remote Sensing
  • Radar Meteorology
  • Signal Processing
  • Atmospheric Turbulence


  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of Colorado, Dec 1992
  • M.Sc., Electrical Engineering, University of Colorado, May 1982
  • B.Sc., Electrical Engineering, University of Colorado, May 1979
  • B.Sc., Engineering Physics, University of Colorado, May 1978

Professional Memberships

Honors and Awards

  • OAR Outstanding Scientific Paper Award (1997)
  • AMS Glossary of Meteorology Editorial Board (1998-2000)