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Joseph Olson
Atmospheric Scientist
325 Broadway
Boulder, CO 80305-3328


Meteorologist, with emphasis on numerical weather prediction model development

Joe is the primary developer of the boundary layer and surface layer schemes used in the operational Rapid Refresh (RAP) and High-Resolution Rapid Refresh (HRRR) forecast systems. Joe also contributes to the development of the gravity wave drag suite, radiation-cloud coupling, horizontal diffusion, and the development of several model diagnostics.

Outside of work, Joe is often mountain biking, walking/playing with his dog (Huxley), reading (usually non-fiction), or enjoying full-bodied spicy red wine. 

Research Interests

  • Boundary layer meteorology
  • Surface-atmosphere exchanges
  • Scale-adaptive turbulent mixing/transport
  • Cloud-radiative interactions
  • Gravity wave drag representation
  • Precipitation processes
  • Numerical Methods


  • Ph.D., Institute for Terrestrial and Planetary Atmospheres, Stony Brook University, 2007


Olson, Joseph B. and coauthors (2019): Improving wind energy forecasting through numerical weather prediction model development. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 100, 2201–2220,

Olson, Joseph B., J. S. Kenyon, W. M. Angevine, J. M. Brown, M. Pagowski, and K. Sušelj (2019): A
description of the MYNN-EDMF scheme and coupling to other components in WRF-ARW. NOAA
Technical Memorandum, OAR GSD, 61, pp. 37, doi:10.25923/n9wm-be49.

Shaw, William, L. K. Berg, J. Cline, C. Draxl, E. Grimit, J. K. Lundquist, M. Marquis, J. McCaa, Joseph B. Olson, C. Sivaraman, J. Sharp, and J. M. Wilczak (2019): The second Wind Forecast Improvement Project (WFIP2): General overview. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 100(9), 1687-1699.

Pichugina, Yelena, R. Banta, T. Bonin, A. Brewer, A. Choukulkar, B. McCarty, J. Fernando,
J. Kenyon, R. Krishnamurthy, M. Marquis, Joseph B. Olson, J. Sharp, and M. Stoelinga (2019): Spatial variability of winds and HRRR-NCEP model error statistics at three doppler-lidar sites in the wind-energy generation region of the Columbia River Basin. J. Appl. Meteorol. Clim., 58, 1633–1656,

Wilczak, James M. and coauthors (2019): The Second Wind Forecast Improvement Project (WFIP2): Observational Field Campaign. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 100(9), 1701-1723.