Observing Facilities Assessment Panel (OFAP)

The Observing Facilities Assessment Panel (OFAP) acts an independent advisory body to NCAR and the four other LAOF Partner Organizations. Composed of a diverse pool of scientists with broad-based experience in observational studies of Earth system sciences, the role of the Panel is to

  • Conduct reviews of field project plans and experiment designs requesting NSF Lower Atmosphere Observing Facilities early in the project cycle and
  • Provide objective input and recommendations on issues associated to operational and technical challenges linked to facility support requirements.  
The overall goal of the OFAP process is to optimize support of NSF-sponsored observational science to assure that the scientific objectives of each campaign can be accomplished successfully.

In this role, the Panel provides valuable feedback and evaluation concerning experiment design, the appropriate and efficient use of NSF resources as related to a specific field campaign, technical and operational challenges as well as data management strategies. These recommendations will be provided to the relevant Facility Managers and shared with the requesting principal investigators as well as the responsible NSF Program Officers.  The comments and technical evaluation presented by the OFAP, together with feasibility analyses and cost estimates provided by Facility Managers, are taken into consideration before a final decision is made by individual NSF Program Officers whether or not to fund a project.

The Panel meets bi-annually in spring and fall of each year at NCAR.  It is EOL's responsibility to coordinate all aspects related to requesting LAOF among principal investigators, facility providers, panel members, and NSF including the preparation of feasibilities and cost estimates for NSF-funded field campaigns.


Current OFAP Members


Panel Member Name and Affiliation

Contact Information

Research Area and Expertise


Dr. Michael Bell
Colorado State University 
Department of Atmospheric Sciences
PH: 970/491-8681
mmbell @ colostate . edu
  • radar meteorology
  • tropical cyclones
  • atmospheric radiation
through Spring 2017
Dr. Charles Brock (Co-Chair)
PH: 303/497-3795
charles.a.brock @ noaa . gov
  • cloud and aerosol processes
through Spring 2017
Dr. Annmarie Carlton
University of California - Irvine
PH: tbd
agcarlto @ uci . edu
  • air quality and climate modeling
  • aerosol-cloud interactions
  • atmospheric aqueous chemistry
through Fall 2017
Dr. Shuyi Chen
University of Miami
PH: 305/421-4048
schen @ rsmas. miami. edu
  • air-sea interactions
  • coupled atmosphere-wave-ocean modeling of tropical cyclones and coastal systems
  • atmospheric convection and intraseasonal variability
  • tropical and mesoscale meteorology
  • numerical weather prediction
Fall 2017 through Spring 2020
Dr. Phil Chilson
University of Oklahoma
PH: 405/325-5095
chilson @ ou . edu


  • weather radar
  • remote sensing
  • boundary layer obserations
  • unmanned aerial systems
Fall 2017 through Spring 2020
Dr. Joe Cione
PH: 303/497-4169
joe.cione @ noaa . gov
  • ocean/atmosphere boundary layer thermodynamic processes
  • hurricanes and extra-tropical winter storms
through Spring 2017

Dr. Daniel Cziczo
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences

PH: 617/324-4882
djcziczo @ mit . edu
  • aersols and clouds
  • chemical composition
Spring 2018 through Fall 2020
Dr. Ankur Desai
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Department
PH: 608/218-4208
desai @ aos . wisc . edu
  • micrometeorology
  • ecological and biogeochemical interactions
  • anthropogenic influences
through Spring 2017
Dr. James Doyle
Naval Research Lab
PH: 831/656-4716
james.doyle @ nrlmry . navy . mil
  • mesoscale predictability
  • mountain meteorology
Spring 2018 to Fall 2020
Dr. Stephan DeWekker
University of Virginia
PH: 434/924-3324
dewekker @ virginia . edu
  • atmospheric boundary layer
  • micrometeorology
  • complex terrain
Spring 2017 to Fall 2019
Dr. Ian Faloona
University of California - Davis
PH: 530/752-2044
icfaloona @ ucdavis . edu
  • biogeochemical meteorology
  • planetary boundary layer dynamics
  • anthropogenic influences
through Spring 2017
Dr. Katja Friedrich
University of Colorado
Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
PH: 608/218-4208
katja.friedrich @ colorado . edu
  • kinematic and microphysical processes
  • convective initiation
  • orographic precipitation
through Fall 2019
Dr. Jessica Lundquist
University of Washington
Civil and Environmental Engineering
PH: 206/685-7594
jdlund @ uw . edu
  • hydrometeorology
  • hydroclimatology
through Fall 2017
Dr. Shane Mayor
California State University, Chico
PH: 530/898-6337
sdmayor @ csuchico . edu
  • lidar technology
  • boundary layer meteorology
Spring 2017 through Fall 2019
Dr. Greg McFarquhar (Co-Chair)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Department of Atmospheric Sciences
PH: 217/265-5458
mcfarq @ illinois . edu
  • cloud physics
  • effects of cloud processes on weather and climate
through Spring 2017

Dr. Eric Pardyjak
University of Utah
Mechanical Engineering

PH: 801/585-6414
pardyjak @ mech . utah . edu
  • atmospheric turbulence
  • urban fluid mechanics
through Spring 2017
Dr. Walt Petersen
NASA GSFC/Wallops Flight Facility
PH: 757/824-1567
walt.petersen @ nasa . gov
  • mesoscale meteorology
  • numerical modeling
  • dynamics of convective storms
  • radar meteorology
through Spring 2017

Dr. Elizabeth Sanabia
US Naval Academy
Department of Oceanography


PH: 410/293-6556
sanabia @ usna . edu
  • tropical meteorology
  • air sea interactions
  • cyclone/typhoons
Fall 2016 through Spring 2019

Dr. Jielun Sun
National Center for Atmospheric Research

PH: 303/497-8994
jsun @ ucar . edu
  • micrometeorology
  • BL meteorology
thougjh Spring 2017

Dr. Paquita Zuidema
University of Miami
Department of Atmospheric Sciences

PH: 305/421-4276
pzuidema @ rsmas . miami . edu

  • cloud processes and radiative impacts
Fall 2017 through Spring  2020


Contact Information: Brigitte Baeuerle (baeuerle @ ucar . edu / 303-497-2061)