Mr. David B Wolff

Mr. David B Wolff

  • SUPV RSCH AST, EARTH SCI REMOTE SENS
  • 757.824.1515
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 610.W
  • Wallops , VA 23337
  • Employer: NASA
  • Brief Bio

    David B. Wolff is Chief of the Earth Sciences Field Support Office, Code 610.W at NASA Wallops Flight Facility. Responsible for management and operation of Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Ground Validation; Atmospheric Topographic Mapping (ATM)/Operation Ice Bridge; IceSat2; and Atmospheric Chemistry (Ozone Soundings) projects and science efforts (Precipitation Measurement Missions (PMM), Ocean Biology, Optics). Supervise the efforts of about 40 Civil Servant and contractor scientists, technicians and administrative specialists.

    I also serve as the GPM Ground Validation System Manager where I manage the GPM Ground Validation infrastructure including instruments, field campaign planning and execution and also manage GV budgets and grants.

    I served 25+ years as Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) Ground Validation manager (SSAI) and/or GPM Science Team member at NASA GSFC and NASA Wallops Flight Facility and is the author or co-author of 40+ peer-reviewed journal publications. David is currently the Editor of the Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology (2014-2016), a member of the Science Review Board for the HOPE/EPOCH program, and Chair of the Global Hydrology Resource Center Users Working Group.

     

    Awards

    NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal (2015)

    NASA RHG Exceptional Achievement in Science (GPM GV Validation Team; 2015)

    NASA RHG Group Achievement Award (GPM Post-Launch Team; 2015)

    NASA Wallops Peer Award for Science (CASI Team; 2015)

    NASA GSFC Best Paper (2005)

     

    Research Interests

    Physical Research Scientist/Meteorologist

    Radar rainfall estimation and DSD retrievals
    Dual-polarization radar data quality control, calibration and analysis
    Scientific software development
    Web Development
    Network and computer administration

    Current Projects

    GPM Ground Validation

    Manage the GPM Ground Validation (GV) instruments, including NASA's NPOL and D3R radars, multiple disdrometer platforms (2DVD, Parsivel, Joss), multiple gauge networks, and Lightning Mapping Arrays (LMA). Develop near-real-time software to generate GV products and post images and data on the web for public access.

    Professional Societies

    American Meteorological Society, 1989 - Present
    Editor, Journal of Applied Meteorological Society (2014-2016)
    NASA Precipitation Measurement Mission Science Team, 2005 - Present
    Member
    American Geophysical Union, 2000 - Present
    Member
    Global Hydrology Resource Center User's Working Group, 2015 - Present
    Chair

    Education

    B. S. Meteorology, Texas A&M University, 1986
    M. S. Meteorology, Texas A&M University, 1988

    Professional Service

    Editor, Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology (2014-2016)

    Member, Science Review Board, HOPE/EPOCH

    Member, NASA Precipitation Measurement Mission Science Team, 2005-present

    Global Hydrology Resource Center (GHRC) Users Working Group (Chair)NASA Wallops

    Member, American Meteorological Society, 1989-present

    Member, American Geophysical Union, 2000-present
     

    Grants

    03/01/2019 - 02/29/2020 NASA Research Opportunities in Earth Sciences (ROSES), NASA Research Opportunities in Earth Sciences (ROSES) proposal award (NNH18ZDA001N-PMMST), NASA NRA #: NNH18ZDA001N

    Systematic Storm-Scale Simulations and Observations from the NASA Wallops Precipitation Research Facility

    ; Institutional Principal Investigator ; 0.2 FTE
    09/01/2015 - 09/30/2016 IRAD 2016, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA NRA #: IRAD 2016
    Utilizing NASA Resources to Provide Multi-Frequency Observations of Clouds and Precipitation for ACE and CaPPM Ground Validation ; Principal Investigator ; 1.10 FTE
    Grant Amount: $$21.500
    01/01/2016 - 12/31/2018 NASA Research Opportunities in Earth Sciences (ROSES) proposal award (NNH12ZDA001N-PMM), NASA ROSES, NASA NRA #: NNH12ZDA001N-PMM

    Validation of GPM Precipitation Retrievals Algorithms across the PrecipitationContinuum
     

    ; Co-I ; 0.1 FTE
    09/01/2006 - NASA Research Opportunities in Earth Sciences (ROSES) proposal award (NNH09ZDA001N-PRECIPITATION SCIENCE)., NASA, NASA NRA #: NNH06ZDA001N
     Improved Ground Validation Rain Estimates at Kwajalein and Central Florida for Comparison to and Validation of TRMM and Other Satellite Estimates ; Principal Investigator ; 0.3 FTE
    01/01/2013 NNH12ZDA001N-PMM, NASA, NASA NRA #: NNH12ZDA001N-PMM

    Synthesis of GPM GV Hydrometeor Datasets for Application in GPM Combined Precipitation Retrieval Algorithms

    ; Co-Investigator ; 0.1 FTE
    01/01/2010 - 12/31/2012 NASA/ROSES (NNH09ZDA001N-PRECIPITATION SCIENCE), NASA, NASA NRA #: NNH09ZDA001N
     Development of Microphysical Characterization Products for Satellite Algorithm Validation using Dual-Polarization Radar, Disdrometer and Rain Gauge Data ; Principal Investigator ; 0.4 FTE
    02/04/2019 NASA Research Opportunities in Earth Sciences (ROSES) proposal award (NNH18ZDA001N-PMMST)., NASA

    Systematic Storm-Scale Simulations and Observations from the NASA Wallops Precipitation Research Facility
     

    ; Institutional PI

    Other Professional Information

    Editor, Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology (2014-2016)

    Special Experience

    Chief, Earth Science Field Support Office, Wallops Flight Facility

    GPM GV System Manager

    Member, PMM Science Team (2005-present)

    Co-I, ROSES Proposal (Petersen et al. 2015:)

    Principal Investigator, 2016 IRAD: Utilizing NASA Resources to Provide Multi-Frequency

    Observations of Clouds and Precipitation for ACE and CaPPM Ground Validation

    Editor, Journal of Applied Meteorology & Climatology

    Member, NASA Wallops Executive Safety & Health Committee

    Member, NASA Wallops Facility Upgrade Review Board

    Member, EPOCH/HOPE SRB (Science Instruments) [SRR, PDR, CDR]

    COTR: SBIR Phase II; A. Vatkin: Optical imaging system for in situ characterization of mixed phase clouds

    TM: SAMDA, WESC-II

    Chair, GHRC Users Working Group

    Co-chair, 38th Conference on Radar Meteorology, Chicago, IL.

    Lead Radar Scientist and Ground Instrument Manger: Olympex Mountain Experiment (OLYMPEx). Nov 10 2015 - Jan 15 2016. Washington

    Lead Radar Scientist: Integrated Precipitation & Hydrology Experiment (IPHEx). May 1 - June 15, 2014. North Carolina.

    Lead Radar Scientist: Iowa Flood Studies (IFloodS). May 1 - June 15, 2013. Iowa.

    Radar Scientist: Mid-latitude Continental Convective Cloud Experiment (MC3E): May 1 - June 15, 2011

    Participated in the following TRMM Field Programs as gauge and/or radar scientist:

    KAPP-2003: Principal Investigator, Keys Area Precipitation Project - 2003: , Florida Keys. August-September, 2003.

    KAPP: Principal Investigator, Keys Area Precipitation Project
    Florida Keys. Aug. 1 - Oct. 9, 2002,

    KAMP: Keys Area Microphysics Project: Aug.-Sep. 2001, Florida Keys.

    KWAJEX: Radar Scientist aboard the NOAA R/V Ronald H. Brown.
    Kwajalein, Republic of the Marshall Islands. Aug-Sep 1999

    CAMEX-3: Convection and Moisture Experiment – III, Aug.-Sep, 1998, Florida

    TEFLUN-A: TExas/FLorida UNderflight Experiment - A, Apr-May, 1998, Texas

    TEFLUN-B: TExas/FLorida UNderflight Experiment - B, Aug-Sep, 1998, Florida

    TEXACAL: Texas A&M Convection & Lightning Experiment, May-June, 1997, Texas

    MCTEX: Maritime Continent Thunderstorm Experiment (MCTEX), Darwin, Australia, Nov-Dec 1995

    TOGA-COARE: Tropical Ocean/Global Atmosphere Coupled Ocean-Atmosphere Experiment, Nov 1992-Feb 1993, Western Pacific Warm Pool.

    DUNDEE: Down-Under Doppler Electrification Experiment, Darwin, Australia, November, 1989.

    TRMM Special Observing Period (SOP)-I, Darwin, Australia, Nov-Dec, 1989.

    TRMM Special Observing Period (SOP)-II, Darwin, Australia, Nov-Dec, 1988.

    Publications

    Refereed

    Wingo, S. M., W. A. Petersen, P. N. Gatlin, et al. C. S. Pabla, D. A. Marks, and D. B. Wolff. 2018. "The System for Integrating Multi-platform data to Build the Atmospheric column (SIMBA) precipitation observation fusion framework." Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, JTECH-D-17-0187.1 [10.1175/jtech-d-17-0187.1]

    Tan, J., W. A. Petersen, G. Kirchengast, D. C. Goodrich, and D. B. Wolff. 2018. "Evaluation of Global Precipitation Measurement Rainfall Estimates against Three Dense Gauge Networks." Journal of Hydrometeorology, 19 (3): 517-532 [10.1175/jhm-d-17-0174.1]

    Tokay, A., L. P. D’Adderio, F. Porcù, D. B. Wolff, and W. A. Petersen. 2017. "A Field Study of Footprint-Scale Variability of Raindrop Size Distribution." Journal of Hydrometeorology, 18 (12): 3165-3179 [10.1175/jhm-d-17-0003.1]

    Jensen, M. P., W. A. Petersen, A. Bansemer, et al. L. D. Carey, D. J. Cecil, S. J. Collis, A. D. Del Genio, B. Dolan, J. Gerlach, S. E. Giagrande, A. Heymsfield, G. M. Heymsfield, P. Kolias, T. J. Lang, S. W. Nesbitt, A. Neauman, M. Poellot, S. A. Rutledge, A. Tokay, C. R. Williams, D. B. Wolff, S. Xie, and E. J. Zipser. 2016. "The Midlatitude Continental Convective Clouds Experiment (MC3E)." Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, [10.1175/BAMS-D-14-00228.1]

    Tokay, A., L. P. D’Adderio, D. B. Wolff, and W. A. Petersen. 2016. "A Field Study of Pixel-Scale Variability of Raindrop Size Distribution in the Mid-Atlantic Region." Journal of Hydrometeorology, 17 (6): 1855-1868 [10.1175/jhm-d-15-0159.1]

    Wolff, D. B., D. A. Marks, and W. A. Petersen. 2015. "General Application of the Relative Calibration Adjustment (RCA) Technique for Monitoring and Correcting Radar Reflectivity Calibration." Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, 32 (3): 496-506 [10.1175/JTECH1700.1]

    Wolff, D. B., D. A. Marks, and W. A. Petersen. 2015. "General Application of the Relative Calibration Adjustment (RCA) Technique for Monitoring an Correcting Radar Reflectivity Calibration." Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, 32: 496 [10.1175/JTECH-D-13-00185.1]

    Tokay, A., D. B. Wolff, and W. A. Petersen. 2014. "Evaluation of the New Version of the Laser-Optical Disdrometer, OTT Parsivel 2." Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, 31 (6): 1276-1288 [10.1175/JTECH-D-13-00174.1]

    Williams, C., V. N. Bringi, L. D. Carey, et al. V. Chandresakar, P. N. Gatlin, Z. S. Haddad, R. Meneghini, S. J. Munchak, S. W. Nesbitt, W. A. Petersen, S. Tanelli, A. Tokay, A. Wilson, and D. B. Wolff. 2014. "Describing the Shape of Raindrop Size Distributions Using Uncorrelated Raindrop Mass Spectrum Parameters." Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 53 (5): 1282-1296 [10.1175/JAMC-D-13-076.1]

    Heisterman, M., S. Collis, M. Dixon, et al. S. Giagrande, J. Helmus, B. L. Kelley, J. Koistenen, D. Michelson, and D. B. Wolff. 2014. "The Emergence of Open Source Software for the Weather Radar Community." Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 140521123928002 [10.1175/BAMS-D-13-00240.1]

    Kim, J.-H., O. Mi-Lim, P. Jun-Dong, et al. K. R. Morris, M. R. Schwaller, and D. B. Wolff. 2014. "Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Ground Validation (GV) Prototype in the Korean Peninsula." Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, 31 (9): 1902-1921 [10.1175/JTECH-D-13-00193.1]

    Bringi, V., G. Huang, S. J. Munchak, et al. C. Kummerow, D. A. Marks, and D. B. Wolff. 2012. "Comparison of Drop Size Distribution Parameter ( D 0 ) and Rain Rate from S-Band Dual-Polarized Ground Radar, TRMM Precipitation Radar (PR), and Combined PR–TMI: Two Events from Kwajalein Atoll." J of Atmos and Oceanic Tech, 29 (11): 1603-1616 [10.1175/JTECH-D-11-00153.1]

    Wang, J.-J., and D. B. Wolff. 2012. "Evaluation of TRMM Rain Estimates Using Ground Measurements over Central Florida." J. of Appl. Meteor. and Climatology, 51 (5): 926-940 [10.1175/JAMC-D-11-080.1]

    Fisher, B. L., and D. B. Wolff. 2011. "Satellite Sampling and Retrieval Errors in Regional Monthly Rain Estimates from TMI, AMSR-E, SSM/I, AMSU-B, and the TRMM PR." J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 50 (5): 994-1023 [10.1175/2010JAMC2487.1]

    Marks, D., D. B. Wolff, C. Lawrence, and A. Tokay. 2011. "Quality Control and Calibration of the Dual-Polarization Radar at Kwajalein, RMI." Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, 28 (2): 181-196 [10.1175/2010JTECHA1462.1]

    Wang, J., and D. B. Wolff. 2010. "Evaluation of TRMM Ground-Validation Radar-Rain Errors Using Rain Gauge Measurements." J Appl Meteor Climat, 49 (2): 310-324 [10.1175/2009JAMC2264.1]

    Marks, D. A., D. B. Wolff, D. S. Silberstein, et al. A. Tokay, J. L. Pippitt, and J.-J. Wang. 2009. "Availability of High-Quality TRMM Ground Validation Data from Kwajalein, RMI: A Practical Application of the Relative Calibration Adjustment Technique." J Atmos Ocea Tech, 26 (3): 413-429 [10.1175/2008JTECHA1174.1]

    Wang, J., and D. B. Wolff. 2009. "Comparisons of Reflectivities from the TRMM Precipitation Radar and Ground-Based Radars." Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, 26 (5): 857-875 [10.1175/2008JTECHA1175.1]

    Wolff, D. B., and B. L. Fisher. 2009. "Assessing the Relative Performance of Microwave-Based Satellite Rain-Rate Retrievals Using TRMM Ground Validation Data." Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 48 (6): 1069-1099 [10.1175/2008JAMC2127.1]

    Wolff, D. B., and B. L. Fisher. 2008. "Comparisons of Instantaneous TRMM Ground Validation and Satellite Rain-Rate Estimates at Different Spatial Scales." J Appl Meteor Clim, 47 (8): 2215-2237 [10.1175/2008JAMC1875.1]

    Wang, J., B. L. Fisher, and D. B. Wolff. 2008. "Estimating Rain Rates from Tipping-Bucket Rain Gauge Measurements." J. Atmos. Ocean. Tech., 25 (1): 43-56 [10.1175/2007JTECHA895.1]

    Silberstein, D. S., D. B. Wolff, D. A. Marks, D. Atlas, and J. L. Pippitt. 2008. "Ground Clutter as a Monitor of Radar Stability at Kwajalein, RMI." J Atmos Ocean Tech, 25 (11): 2037-2045 [10.1175/2008JTECHA1063.1]

    Huffman, G. J., R. F. Adler, D. T. Bolvin, et al. G. Gu, E. J. Nelkin, K. Bowman, Y. Hong, E. Stocker, and D. B. Wolff. 2007. "The TRMM Multisatellite Precipitation Analysis (TMPA): Quasi-Global, Multiyear, Combined-Sensor Precipitation Estimates at Fine Scales." J. Hydrometeor., 8 (1): 38-55 [10.1175/JHM560.1]

    Amitai, E. E., D. A. Marks, D. B. Wolff, et al. D. S. Silberstein, B. L. Fisher, and J. Pippitt. 2006. "Evaluation of Radar Rainfall Products: Lessons Learned from the NASA TRMM Validation Program in Florida." Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, 23 (11): 1492-1505 [10.1175/JTECH1968.1]

    Wolff, D. B., D. A. Marks, E. E. Amitai, et al. D. S. Silberstein, B. L. Fisher, A. Tokay, J.-J. Wang, and J. L. Pippitt. 2005. "Ground validation for the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM)." J Atmos Ocean Tech, 22 (4): 365-380.

    Tokay, A., D. B. Wolff, K. Wolff, and P. Bashor. 2003. "Rain gauge and disdrometer measurements during the Keys Area Microphysics Project (KAMP)." J Atmos Oceanic Tech, 20: 1460-1477.

    Amitai, E. E., D. B. Wolff, D. A. Marks, and D. S. Silberstein. 2002. "Radar rainfall estimation: Lessons learned from the NASA/TRMM validation program." Second European Conference on Radar Meteorology (ERAD), November 18-22, Delft, The Netherlands. ERAD Publication Series, 1, 255-260 (Copernicus GmbH peer reviewed publication, ISBN 3-936586-04-7),

    Williams, E., N. Madden, D. Rosenfeld, et al. J. Gerlach, L. Atkinson, N. Dunnemann, G. Frostrom, N. Gears, M. Antonio, B. Biazon, R. Camargo, H. Franoa, A. Gomes, M. Lima, R. Machado, S. Manhaes, L. Nachtigall, H. Piva, W. Quintiliano, L. Machado, P. Artaxo, G. Roberts, N. Renno, R. Blakeslee, J. Baiely, D. Boccippio, A. Betts, D. B. Wolff, B. Roy, J. Halverson, T. Rickenbach, J. Fuentes, and E. Avelino. 2002. "Contrasting convective regimes over the Amazon: Implications for cloud electrification." J. Geophys. Res., 107 (D20): [10.1029/2001JD000380]

    Amitai, E. E., D. B. Wolff, M. Robinson, et al. D. A. Marks, M. S. Kulie, and B. S. Ferrier. 2001. "Systematic variations of Ze-R relations: Implications to Hydrology." Remote Sensing and Hydrology 2000, edited by M. Owe, K. Brubaker, J. Richtie and A. Rango, IAHS, 267: 43-45.

    Fisher, B. L., D. B. Wolff, and E. Amitai. 2001. "Analytical software for validating time synchronous radar and rain gauge data." Remote Sensing and Hydrology 2000, 267: Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, UK: 27-31, ISBN: 1-901502-46-5.

    Atlas, D., S. Matrosov, A. Heymsfield, M. Chou, and D. B. Wolff. 2000. "CORRIGENDUM." J App Meteor, 39 (12): 2495-2495 [10.1175/1520-0450(2000)039<2495:C>2.0.CO;2]

    Marks, D. A., M. Kulie, M. Robinson, et al. D. S. Silberstein, D. B. Wolff, B. Ferrier, E. Amitai, B. L. Fisher, J.-J. Wang, and O. Thiele. 2000. "Climatological Processing and Product Development for the TRMM Ground Validation Program." Physics and Chemistry of the Earth (B), 25 (10-12): 871-875 [10.1016/S1464-1909(00)00118-0]

    Robinson, M., M. S. Kulie, D. S. Silberstein, et al. D. A. Marks, D. B. Wolff, E. E. Amitai, B. Ferrier, B. L. Fisher, and J.-J. Wang. 2000. "Evolving Improvements to TRMM Ground Validation Rainfall Estimates." Physics and Chemistry of the Earth (B), 25: 971-976.

    Robinsin, M., M. S. Kulie, D. S. Silberstein, et al. D. A. Marks, D. B. Wolff, E. Amitai, B. S. Ferrier, B. L. Fisher, and J. Wang. 2000. "Evolving Improvements to TRMM Ground Validation Rainfall Estimates Part B: Hydrology, Oceans and Atmosphere." Physics and Chemistry of the Earth (PCE), 25: 971-976.

    Rosenfeld, D., E. Amitai, and D. B. Wolff. 1995. "Classification of rain regimes by the 3-dimensional properties of reflectivity fields." J Appl Meteor, 34 (1): 198-211 [10.1175/1520-0450(1995)034<0198:CORRBT>2.0.CO;2]

    Rosenfeld, D., E. E. Amitai, and D. B. Wolff. 1995. "Improved accuracy of radar WPMM estimated rainfall upon application of objective classification criteria." J Appl Meteor, 34: 212-223.

    Rosenfeld, D., E. Amitai, and D. B. Wolff. 1995. "Improved accuracy of radar WPMM estimated rainfall upon application of objective classification criteria." J. Appl. Meteor., 34: 212-223.

    Rosenfeld, D., D. B. Wolff, and E. E. Amitai. 1994. "The window probability matching method for rainfall measurements with radar." J. Appl. Meteor., 33: 682-693.

    Rosenfeld, D., D. B. Wolff, and E. Amitai. 1994. "The window probability matching method for rainfall measurements with radar." J. Appl. Meteor., 33: 682-693.

    Rosenfeld, D., D. B. Wolff, and E. Amitai. 1994. "The window probability matching method for rainfall measurements with radar." J. Appl. Meteor., 33: 682-693.

    Rosenfeld, D., D. B. Wolff, and E. Amitai. 1994. "The window probability matching method for rainfall measurements with radar." J. Appl. Meteor., 33: 682-693.

    Rosenfeld, D., D. Atlas, D. B. Wolff, and E. Amitai. 1992. "Beamwidth effects on Z-R relations and area-integrated rainfall." J. Appl. Meteor., 31 (5): 454-464 [10.1175/1520-0450(1992)031<0454:BEOZRR>2.0.CO;2]

    Non-Refereed

    Wolff, D. B., E. Amitai, D. A. Marks, D. S. Silberstein, and R. A. Lawrence. 2005. "Validation for the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission: Lessons learned and future plans." New Orleans, LA.

    Amitai, E., D. B. Wolff, M. Robinson, et al. D. S. Silberstein, D. A. Marks, M. S. Kulie, and B. L. Fisher. 2001. "Methodologies for evaluating the accuracy of TRMM ground validation rainfall products." 30th Int Conf on Radar Meteorology Munich, Germany.

    Robinsin, M., M. Steiner, D. B. Wolff, B. Ferrier, and C. Kessinger. 2000. "Evaluation of Various Radar Data Quality Control Algorithms Based on Accumulated Radar Rainfall Statistics." AGU Conference Washington, DC.

    Robinsin, M., M. S. Kulie, D. A. Marks, et al. D. B. Wolff, B. S. Ferrier, E. Amitai, D. S. Silberstein, B. L. Fisher, and J. Wang. 2000. "Evolving Improvements to TRMM Ground Validation Rainfall Estimates." European Conference on Radar Meteorology (ERAD) Bologna, Italy.

    Fisher, B. L., D. B. Wolff, and E. Amitai. 2000. "Analytical Software for Validating Time Synchronous Radar and Rain Gauge Data." Conf On Remote Sensing and Hydrology 2000 Santa Fe, NM.

    Amitai, E., D. B. Wolff, M. Robinson, et al. D. S. Silberstein, D. A. Marks, M. S. Kulie, and B. L. Fisher. 2000. "Rainfall Product Evaluation for the TRMM Ground Validation Program." AGU 2000 Fall Meeting San Francisco, CA.

    Kulie, M., D. A. Marks, M. Robinson, et al. D. S. Silberstein, D. B. Wolff, B. Ferrier, E. Amitai, B. L. Fisher, J. Wang, D. Augustine, and O. Thiele. 2000. "Climatological Processing of Radar Data for the TRMM Ground Validation Program." AGU Conference Washington, DC.

    Wolff, D. B., R. Cifelli, E. Anagnostou, and E. Amitai. 2000. "A Statistical Comparison of R/V Ronald H Brown and Kwajalein Radar Reflectivities During Kwajex." AGU Fall Meeting San Francisco, CA.

    Amitai, E., D. B. Wolff, M. Robinson, et al. D. A. Marks, M. S. Kulie, and B. S. Ferrier. 2000. "Systematic Variations of Ze-R Relations: Implications to Hydrology." Remote Sensing and Hydrology 2000, IAHS Press Santa Fe, NM.

    Wolff, D. B., D. A. Short, B. L. Fisher, and O. W. Thiele. 1999. "Comparison of ground-based and TRMM precipitation radar reflectivity fields over Texas and Florida." 23rd Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology Dallas, TX.

    Wolff, D. B., R. E. Orville, and E. L. Zipser. 1999. "Inter-comparison of ground-based radar reflectivity, NLDN lightning data, and TRMM/TMI brightness temperatures and precipitation radar data." 11th International Conference on Atmospheric Electricity Guntersville, AL.

    Brief Bio

    David B. Wolff is Chief of the Earth Sciences Field Support Office, Code 610.W at NASA Wallops Flight Facility. Responsible for management and operation of Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Ground Validation; Atmospheric Topographic Mapping (ATM)/Operation Ice Bridge; IceSat2; and Atmospheric Chemistry (Ozone Soundings) projects and science efforts (Precipitation Measurement Missions (PMM), Ocean Biology, Optics). Supervise the efforts of about 40 Civil Servant and contractor scientists, technicians and administrative specialists.

    I also serve as the GPM Ground Validation System Manager where I manage the GPM Ground Validation infrastructure including instruments, field campaign planning and execution and also manage GV budgets and grants.

    I served 25+ years as Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) Ground Validation manager (SSAI) and/or GPM Science Team member at NASA GSFC and NASA Wallops Flight Facility and is the author or co-author of 40+ peer-reviewed journal publications. David is currently the Editor of the Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology (2014-2016), a member of the Science Review Board for the HOPE/EPOCH program, and Chair of the Global Hydrology Resource Center Users Working Group.

     

    Publications

    Refereed

    Wingo, S. M., W. A. Petersen, P. N. Gatlin, et al. C. S. Pabla, D. A. Marks, and D. B. Wolff. 2018. "The System for Integrating Multi-platform data to Build the Atmospheric column (SIMBA) precipitation observation fusion framework." Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology JTECH-D-17-0187.1 [10.1175/jtech-d-17-0187.1]

    Tan, J., W. A. Petersen, G. Kirchengast, D. C. Goodrich, and D. B. Wolff. 2018. "Evaluation of Global Precipitation Measurement Rainfall Estimates against Three Dense Gauge Networks." Journal of Hydrometeorology 19 (3): 517-532 [10.1175/jhm-d-17-0174.1]

    Tokay, A., L. P. D’Adderio, F. Porcù, D. B. Wolff, and W. A. Petersen. 2017. "A Field Study of Footprint-Scale Variability of Raindrop Size Distribution." Journal of Hydrometeorology 18 (12): 3165-3179 [10.1175/jhm-d-17-0003.1]

    Jensen, M. P., W. A. Petersen, A. Bansemer, et al. L. D. Carey, D. J. Cecil, S. J. Collis, A. D. Del Genio, B. Dolan, J. Gerlach, S. E. Giagrande, A. Heymsfield, G. M. Heymsfield, P. Kolias, T. J. Lang, S. W. Nesbitt, A. Neauman, M. Poellot, S. A. Rutledge, A. Tokay, C. R. Williams, D. B. Wolff, S. Xie, and E. J. Zipser. 2016. "The Midlatitude Continental Convective Clouds Experiment (MC3E)." Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society [10.1175/BAMS-D-14-00228.1]

    Tokay, A., L. P. D’Adderio, D. B. Wolff, and W. A. Petersen. 2016. "A Field Study of Pixel-Scale Variability of Raindrop Size Distribution in the Mid-Atlantic Region." Journal of Hydrometeorology 17 (6): 1855-1868 [10.1175/jhm-d-15-0159.1]

    Wolff, D. B., D. A. Marks, and W. A. Petersen. 2015. "General Application of the Relative Calibration Adjustment (RCA) Technique for Monitoring and Correcting Radar Reflectivity Calibration." Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology 32 (3): 496-506 [10.1175/JTECH1700.1]

    Wolff, D. B., D. A. Marks, and W. A. Petersen. 2015. "General Application of the Relative Calibration Adjustment (RCA) Technique for Monitoring an Correcting Radar Reflectivity Calibration." Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology 32 496 [10.1175/JTECH-D-13-00185.1]

    Tokay, A., D. B. Wolff, and W. A. Petersen. 2014. "Evaluation of the New Version of the Laser-Optical Disdrometer, OTT Parsivel 2." Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology 31 (6): 1276-1288 [10.1175/JTECH-D-13-00174.1]

    Williams, C., V. N. Bringi, L. D. Carey, et al. V. Chandresakar, P. N. Gatlin, Z. S. Haddad, R. Meneghini, S. J. Munchak, S. W. Nesbitt, W. A. Petersen, S. Tanelli, A. Tokay, A. Wilson, and D. B. Wolff. 2014. "Describing the Shape of Raindrop Size Distributions Using Uncorrelated Raindrop Mass Spectrum Parameters." Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology 53 (5): 1282-1296 [10.1175/JAMC-D-13-076.1]

    Heisterman, M., S. Collis, M. Dixon, et al. S. Giagrande, J. Helmus, B. L. Kelley, J. Koistenen, D. Michelson, and D. B. Wolff. 2014. "The Emergence of Open Source Software for the Weather Radar Community." Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 140521123928002 [10.1175/BAMS-D-13-00240.1]

    Kim, J.-H., O. Mi-Lim, P. Jun-Dong, et al. K. R. Morris, M. R. Schwaller, and D. B. Wolff. 2014. "Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Ground Validation (GV) Prototype in the Korean Peninsula." Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology 31 (9): 1902-1921 [10.1175/JTECH-D-13-00193.1]

    Bringi, V., G. Huang, S. J. Munchak, et al. C. Kummerow, D. A. Marks, and D. B. Wolff. 2012. "Comparison of Drop Size Distribution Parameter ( D 0 ) and Rain Rate from S-Band Dual-Polarized Ground Radar, TRMM Precipitation Radar (PR), and Combined PR–TMI: Two Events from Kwajalein Atoll." J of Atmos and Oceanic Tech 29 (11): 1603-1616 [10.1175/JTECH-D-11-00153.1]

    Wang, J.-J., and D. B. Wolff. 2012. "Evaluation of TRMM Rain Estimates Using Ground Measurements over Central Florida." J. of Appl. Meteor. and Climatology 51 (5): 926-940 [10.1175/JAMC-D-11-080.1]

    Fisher, B. L., and D. B. Wolff. 2011. "Satellite Sampling and Retrieval Errors in Regional Monthly Rain Estimates from TMI, AMSR-E, SSM/I, AMSU-B, and the TRMM PR." J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol. 50 (5): 994-1023 [10.1175/2010JAMC2487.1]

    Marks, D., D. B. Wolff, C. Lawrence, and A. Tokay. 2011. "Quality Control and Calibration of the Dual-Polarization Radar at Kwajalein, RMI." Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology 28 (2): 181-196 [10.1175/2010JTECHA1462.1]

    Wang, J., and D. B. Wolff. 2010. "Evaluation of TRMM Ground-Validation Radar-Rain Errors Using Rain Gauge Measurements." J Appl Meteor Climat 49 (2): 310-324 [10.1175/2009JAMC2264.1]

    Marks, D. A., D. B. Wolff, D. S. Silberstein, et al. A. Tokay, J. L. Pippitt, and J.-J. Wang. 2009. "Availability of High-Quality TRMM Ground Validation Data from Kwajalein, RMI: A Practical Application of the Relative Calibration Adjustment Technique." J Atmos Ocea Tech 26 (3): 413-429 [10.1175/2008JTECHA1174.1]

    Wang, J., and D. B. Wolff. 2009. "Comparisons of Reflectivities from the TRMM Precipitation Radar and Ground-Based Radars." Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology 26 (5): 857-875 [10.1175/2008JTECHA1175.1]

    Wolff, D. B., and B. L. Fisher. 2009. "Assessing the Relative Performance of Microwave-Based Satellite Rain-Rate Retrievals Using TRMM Ground Validation Data." Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology 48 (6): 1069-1099 [10.1175/2008JAMC2127.1]

    Wolff, D. B., and B. L. Fisher. 2008. "Comparisons of Instantaneous TRMM Ground Validation and Satellite Rain-Rate Estimates at Different Spatial Scales." J Appl Meteor Clim 47 (8): 2215-2237 [10.1175/2008JAMC1875.1]

    Wang, J., B. L. Fisher, and D. B. Wolff. 2008. "Estimating Rain Rates from Tipping-Bucket Rain Gauge Measurements." J. Atmos. Ocean. Tech. 25 (1): 43-56 [10.1175/2007JTECHA895.1]

    Silberstein, D. S., D. B. Wolff, D. A. Marks, D. Atlas, and J. L. Pippitt. 2008. "Ground Clutter as a Monitor of Radar Stability at Kwajalein, RMI." J Atmos Ocean Tech 25 (11): 2037-2045 [10.1175/2008JTECHA1063.1]

    Huffman, G. J., R. F. Adler, D. T. Bolvin, et al. G. Gu, E. J. Nelkin, K. Bowman, Y. Hong, E. Stocker, and D. B. Wolff. 2007. "The TRMM Multisatellite Precipitation Analysis (TMPA): Quasi-Global, Multiyear, Combined-Sensor Precipitation Estimates at Fine Scales." J. Hydrometeor. 8 (1): 38-55 [10.1175/JHM560.1]

    Amitai, E. E., D. A. Marks, D. B. Wolff, et al. D. S. Silberstein, B. L. Fisher, and J. Pippitt. 2006. "Evaluation of Radar Rainfall Products: Lessons Learned from the NASA TRMM Validation Program in Florida." Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology 23 (11): 1492-1505 [10.1175/JTECH1968.1]

    Wolff, D. B., D. A. Marks, E. E. Amitai, et al. D. S. Silberstein, B. L. Fisher, A. Tokay, J.-J. Wang, and J. L. Pippitt. 2005. "Ground validation for the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM)." J Atmos Ocean Tech 22 (4): 365-380

    Tokay, A., D. B. Wolff, K. Wolff, and P. Bashor. 2003. "Rain gauge and disdrometer measurements during the Keys Area Microphysics Project (KAMP)." J Atmos Oceanic Tech 20 1460-1477

    Amitai, E. E., D. B. Wolff, D. A. Marks, and D. S. Silberstein. 2002. "Radar rainfall estimation: Lessons learned from the NASA/TRMM validation program." Second European Conference on Radar Meteorology (ERAD), November 18-22, Delft, The Netherlands. ERAD Publication Series, 1, 255-260 (Copernicus GmbH peer reviewed publication, ISBN 3-936586-04-7)

    Williams, E., N. Madden, D. Rosenfeld, et al. J. Gerlach, L. Atkinson, N. Dunnemann, G. Frostrom, N. Gears, M. Antonio, B. Biazon, R. Camargo, H. Franoa, A. Gomes, M. Lima, R. Machado, S. Manhaes, L. Nachtigall, H. Piva, W. Quintiliano, L. Machado, P. Artaxo, G. Roberts, N. Renno, R. Blakeslee, J. Baiely, D. Boccippio, A. Betts, D. B. Wolff, B. Roy, J. Halverson, T. Rickenbach, J. Fuentes, and E. Avelino. 2002. "Contrasting convective regimes over the Amazon: Implications for cloud electrification." J. Geophys. Res. 107 (D20): [10.1029/2001JD000380]

    Amitai, E. E., D. B. Wolff, M. Robinson, et al. D. A. Marks, M. S. Kulie, and B. S. Ferrier. 2001. "Systematic variations of Ze-R relations: Implications to Hydrology." Remote Sensing and Hydrology 2000, edited by M. Owe, K. Brubaker, J. Richtie and A. Rango, IAHS 267 43-45

    Fisher, B. L., D. B. Wolff, and E. Amitai. 2001. "Analytical software for validating time synchronous radar and rain gauge data." Remote Sensing and Hydrology 2000 267 27-31

    Atlas, D., S. Matrosov, A. Heymsfield, M. Chou, and D. B. Wolff. 2000. "CORRIGENDUM." J App Meteor 39 (12): 2495-2495 [10.1175/1520-0450(2000)039<2495:C>2.0.CO;2]

    Marks, D. A., M. Kulie, M. Robinson, et al. D. S. Silberstein, D. B. Wolff, B. Ferrier, E. Amitai, B. L. Fisher, J.-J. Wang, and O. Thiele. 2000. "Climatological Processing and Product Development for the TRMM Ground Validation Program." Physics and Chemistry of the Earth (B) 25 (10-12): 871-875 [10.1016/S1464-1909(00)00118-0]

    Robinson, M., M. S. Kulie, D. S. Silberstein, et al. D. A. Marks, D. B. Wolff, E. E. Amitai, B. Ferrier, B. L. Fisher, and J.-J. Wang. 2000. "Evolving Improvements to TRMM Ground Validation Rainfall Estimates." Physics and Chemistry of the Earth (B) 25 971-976

    Robinsin, M., M. S. Kulie, D. S. Silberstein, et al. D. A. Marks, D. B. Wolff, E. Amitai, B. S. Ferrier, B. L. Fisher, and J. Wang. 2000. "Evolving Improvements to TRMM Ground Validation Rainfall Estimates Part B: Hydrology, Oceans and Atmosphere." Physics and Chemistry of the Earth (PCE) 25 971-976

    Rosenfeld, D., E. Amitai, and D. B. Wolff. 1995. "Classification of rain regimes by the 3-dimensional properties of reflectivity fields." J Appl Meteor 34 (1): 198-211 [10.1175/1520-0450(1995)034<0198:CORRBT>2.0.CO;2]

    Rosenfeld, D., E. E. Amitai, and D. B. Wolff. 1995. "Improved accuracy of radar WPMM estimated rainfall upon application of objective classification criteria." J Appl Meteor 34 212-223

    Rosenfeld, D., E. Amitai, and D. B. Wolff. 1995. "Improved accuracy of radar WPMM estimated rainfall upon application of objective classification criteria." J. Appl. Meteor. 34 212-223

    Rosenfeld, D., D. B. Wolff, and E. E. Amitai. 1994. "The window probability matching method for rainfall measurements with radar." J. Appl. Meteor. 33 682-693

    Rosenfeld, D., D. B. Wolff, and E. Amitai. 1994. "The window probability matching method for rainfall measurements with radar." J. Appl. Meteor. 33 682-693

    Rosenfeld, D., D. B. Wolff, and E. Amitai. 1994. "The window probability matching method for rainfall measurements with radar." J. Appl. Meteor. 33 682-693

    Rosenfeld, D., D. B. Wolff, and E. Amitai. 1994. "The window probability matching method for rainfall measurements with radar." J. Appl. Meteor. 33 682-693

    Rosenfeld, D., D. Atlas, D. B. Wolff, and E. Amitai. 1992. "Beamwidth effects on Z-R relations and area-integrated rainfall." J. Appl. Meteor. 31 (5): 454-464 [10.1175/1520-0450(1992)031<0454:BEOZRR>2.0.CO;2]

    Non-Refereed

    Wolff, D. B., E. Amitai, D. A. Marks, D. S. Silberstein, and R. A. Lawrence. 2005. "Validation for the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission: Lessons learned and future plans."

    Amitai, E., D. B. Wolff, M. Robinson, et al. D. S. Silberstein, D. A. Marks, M. S. Kulie, and B. L. Fisher. 2001. "Methodologies for evaluating the accuracy of TRMM ground validation rainfall products." 30th Int Conf on Radar Meteorology

    Robinsin, M., M. Steiner, D. B. Wolff, B. Ferrier, and C. Kessinger. 2000. "Evaluation of Various Radar Data Quality Control Algorithms Based on Accumulated Radar Rainfall Statistics." AGU Conference

    Robinsin, M., M. S. Kulie, D. A. Marks, et al. D. B. Wolff, B. S. Ferrier, E. Amitai, D. S. Silberstein, B. L. Fisher, and J. Wang. 2000. "Evolving Improvements to TRMM Ground Validation Rainfall Estimates." European Conference on Radar Meteorology (ERAD)

    Fisher, B. L., D. B. Wolff, and E. Amitai. 2000. "Analytical Software for Validating Time Synchronous Radar and Rain Gauge Data." Conf On Remote Sensing and Hydrology 2000

    Amitai, E., D. B. Wolff, M. Robinson, et al. D. S. Silberstein, D. A. Marks, M. S. Kulie, and B. L. Fisher. 2000. "Rainfall Product Evaluation for the TRMM Ground Validation Program." AGU 2000 Fall Meeting

    Kulie, M., D. A. Marks, M. Robinson, et al. D. S. Silberstein, D. B. Wolff, B. Ferrier, E. Amitai, B. L. Fisher, J. Wang, D. Augustine, and O. Thiele. 2000. "Climatological Processing of Radar Data for the TRMM Ground Validation Program." AGU Conference

    Wolff, D. B., R. Cifelli, E. Anagnostou, and E. Amitai. 2000. "A Statistical Comparison of R/V Ronald H Brown and Kwajalein Radar Reflectivities During Kwajex." AGU Fall Meeting

    Amitai, E., D. B. Wolff, M. Robinson, et al. D. A. Marks, M. S. Kulie, and B. S. Ferrier. 2000. "Systematic Variations of Ze-R Relations: Implications to Hydrology." Remote Sensing and Hydrology 2000, IAHS Press

    Wolff, D. B., D. A. Short, B. L. Fisher, and O. W. Thiele. 1999. "Comparison of ground-based and TRMM precipitation radar reflectivity fields over Texas and Florida." 23rd Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology

    Wolff, D. B., R. E. Orville, and E. L. Zipser. 1999. "Inter-comparison of ground-based radar reflectivity, NLDN lightning data, and TRMM/TMI brightness temperatures and precipitation radar data." 11th International Conference on Atmospheric Electricity

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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