Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder

Kathleen Lantz

Research Interests

  • Radiative Transfer
  • Surface Radiation Budget 
  • Radiation-Aerosol-Cloud Feedbacks
  • Surface Energy Budget
  • Cloud and Aerosol Properties
  • Factors affecting UV Radiation
  • Atmospheric Science for Renewable Energy

Current Research

I am a research scientist in CIRES and NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratories with the Global Radiation and Aerosol Group (GRAD) of the Global Monitoring Laboratory (GML). My research focuses on radiative transfer, aerosol-radiation-cloud feedbacks in the climate and weather system, surface radiation budget, and factors affecting UV radiation. 

My recent work emphasizes solar radiation observations for renewable energy, the role of the radiation budget in Numerical Weather Prediction for solar and wind forecasts, cloud and aerosol product algorithm development, and satellite product validation. We have developed several mobile SURFRAD observation systems for studies on radiation, cloud, and aerosol properties for observational field campaigns, and several smaller portable systems for sub-grid scale processes.  My work has added instrumentation for measuring spectral surface albedo, NDVI, AOD, and the potential for future products on cloud and aerosol properties at our long-term SURFRAD sites. My interests are in the role of these quantities in climate, weather, and renewable energy research. Current projects include the NOAA-DOE Solar Forecasting Improvement Project (SFIP) and Wind Forecasting Improvement Project (WFIP-2), and GOES-R Field Cal/Val Activities. I am the Chair of the Spectral Radiation Working Group of the Baseline Surface Radiation Network (BSRN). I have served on the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) UV Radiation Instruments Group, the UV Group of the USGCRP, and am a past contributor of the Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion, and the BAMs State of the Climate Report in 2013, 2014, and 2015. 



Honors and Awards

  • CIRES Technology Transfer Award, 2017
  • UVWIG Achievement Award for Advancements in Solar Energy Forecasting, 2017
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, DISCOVER-AQ, 2016
  • CIRES Innovative Research Award, 2010
  • NCAR Advanced Study Program Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 1993-1995
  • American Institute of Chemists, Outstanding Chemist Award, 1985
  • Loats Foundation Scholarship, 1981-1985

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  • Olson, JB; Kenyon, JS; Djalalova, I; Bianco, L; Turner, DD; Pichugina, Y; Choukulkar, A; Toy, MD; Brown, JM; Angevine, WM; Akish, E; Bao, JW; Jimenez, P; Kosovic, B; Lundquist, KA; Draxl, C; Lundquist, JK; McCaa, J; McCaffrey, K; Lantz, K; Long, C; Wilczak, J; Banta, R; Marquis, M; Redfern, S; Berg, LK; Shaw, W; Cline, J (2019), Improving Wind Energy Forecasting through Numerical Weather Prediction Model Development. Version: 1 BULLETIN OF THE AMERICAN METEOROLOGICAL SOCIETY 100 (11) 2201-2220, issn: 0003-0007, doi: 10.1175/BAMS-D-18-0040.1
  • Wilczak, JM; Stoelinga, M; Berg, LK; Sharp, J; Draxl, C; McCaffrey, K; Banta, RM; Bianco, L; Djalalova, I; Lundquist, JK; Muradyan, P; Choukulkar, A; Leo, L; Bonin, T; Pichugina, Y; Eckman, R; Long, CN; Lantz, K; Worsnop, RP; Bickford, J; Bodini, N; Chand, D; Clifton, A; Cline, J; Cook, DR; Fernando, HJS; Friedrich, K; Krishnamurthy, R; Marquis, M; McCaa, J; Olson, JB; Otarola-Bustos, S; Scott, G; Shaw, WJ; Wharton, S; White, AB (2019), The Second Wind Forecast Improvement Project (WFIP2): Observational Field Campaign. Version: 1 BULLETIN OF THE AMERICAN METEOROLOGICAL SOCIETY 100 (9) 1701-1723, issn: 0003-0007, doi: 10.1175/BAMS-D-18-0035.1
  • Banta, R.M., Y.L. Pichugina, W.A. Brewer, A. Choukulkar, K.O. Lantz, J.B. Olson, J. Kenyon, H.J.S. Fernando, R. Krishnamurthy, M.J. Stoelinga, J Sharp, L.S. Darby, D.D. Turner, S. Baidar, and S.P. Sandberg (2019), Characterizing NWP Model Errors Using Doppler-Lidar Measurements of Recurrent Regional Diurnal Flows: Marine Air Intrusions into the Columbia-River Basin. Monthly Weather Review Version: 1, doi: https://doi.org/10.1175/MWR-D-19-0188.1
  • Kazadzis, S, N Kouremeti, H Diemoz, J Grobner, BW Forgan, M Campanelli, V Estelles, K Lantz, J Michalsky, T Carlund, E Cuevas, C Toledano, R Becker, S Nyeki, PG Kosmopoulos, V Tatsiankou, L Vuilleumier, FM Denn, N Ohkawara, O Ijima, P Goloub, PI Raptis, M Milner, K Behrens, A Barreto, G Martucci, E Hall, J Wendell, BE Fabbri and C Wehrli (2018), Results from the Fourth WMO Filter Radiometer Comparison for aerosol optical depth measurements. Atmos. Chem. Phys. Version: 1 18 (5) 3185-3201, issn: 1680-7316, ids: FY5VU, doi: 10.5194/acp-18-3185-2018
  • Arndt, DS, J Blunden, RJH Dunn, AP Aaron-Morrison, A Abdallah, SA Ackerman, R Adler, EJ Alfaro, RP Allan, R Allan, LA Alvarez, LM Alves, JA Amador, LM Andreassen, D Arce, A Arguez, DS Arndt, NM Arzhanova, J Augustine, E Awatif, C Azorin-Molina, J Baez, MU Bardin, J Barichivich, MO Baringer, S Barreira, S Baxter, HE Beck, A Becker, KM Bedka, MJ Behrenfeld, GD Bell, M Belmont, A Benedetti, GH Bernhard, P Berrisford, DI Berry, ML Bettolli, US Bhatt, M Bidegain, B Biskaborn, P Bissolli, J Bjerke, ES Blake, J Blunden, MG Bosilovich, O Boucher, D Boudet, JE Box, T Boyer, GO Braathen, J Brimelow, DH Bromwich, R Brown, S Buehler, ON Bulygina, D Burgess, B Calderon, SJ Camargo, JD Campbell, J Cappelen, P Caroff, L Carrea, BR Carter, DP Chambers, E Chandler, MD Cheng, HH Christiansen, JR Christy, D Chung, ES Chung, KR Clem, CAS Coelho, M Coldewey-Egbers, S Colwell, OR Cooper, L Copland, JN Cross, J Crouch, V Cutie, SM Davis, E de Eyto, RAM de Jeu, J de Laat, CL deGasperi, D Degenstein, M Demircan, C Derksen, L di Girolamo, HJ Diamond, S Dindyal, EJ Dlugokencky, K Dohan, MT Dokulil, AJ Dolman, CM Domingues, MG Donat, S Dong, WA Dorigo, DS Drozdov, RJH Dunn, AM Duran-Quesada, GS Dutton, M ElKharrim, JW Elkins, HE Epstein, JC Espinoza, S Etienne-LeBlanc, JS Famiglietti, S Farrell, S Fateh, RS Fausto, RA Feely, Z Feng, C Fenimore, X Fettweis, VE Fioletov, M Flannigan, J Flemming, RL Fogt, C Folland, C Fonseca, BC Forbes, MJ Foster, SD Francis, BA Franz, RA Frey, SM Frith, L Froidevaux, C Ganter, S Gerland, J Gilson, N Gobron, SB Goldenberg, G Goni, IT Gonzalez, A Goto, MD Greenhough, JU Grooss, A Gruber, C Guard, SK Gupta, JM Gutierrez, C Haas, S Hagos, S Hahn, L Haimberger, BD Hall, MS Halpert, BD Hamlington, E Hanna, I Hanssen-Bauer, J Hare, I Harris, AK Heidinger, RR Heim, S Hendricks, M Hernandez, R Hernandez, HG Hidalgo, SP Ho, WR Hobbs, B Huang, HK Huelsing, DF Hurst, I Ialongo, JA Ijampy, A Inness, K Isaksen, M Ishii, S Jevrejeva, C Jimenez, XZ Jin, V John, WE Johns, B Johnsen, B Johnson, GC Johnson, KS Johnson, PD Jones, G Jumaux, K Kabidi, JW Kaiser, D Kass, S Kato, A Kazemi, G Kelem, LM Keller, BP Kelly, M Kendon, J Kennedy, K Kerr, AL Kholodov, M Khoshkam, R Killick, HJ Kim, SJ Kim, TB Kimberlain, PJ Klotzbach, JA Knaff, B Kochtubajda, J Kohler, J Korhonen, NN Korshunova, N Kramarova, DP Kratz, A Kruger, MC Kruk, T Krumpen, M Lakatos, K Lakkala, JP Lanckmann, MA Lander, P Landschutzer, CW Landsea, M Lankhorst, K Lantz, MA Lazzara, E Leuliette, SR Lewis, M LHeureux, JL Lieser, II Lin, HX Liu, YH Liu, R Locarnini, NG Loeb, CS Long, M Loranty, AM Lorrey, D Loyola, MM Lu, R Lumpkin, JJ Luo, K Luojus, JM Lyman, G Macara, AM Macdonald, M Macias-Fauria, GV Malkova, G Manney, SS Marchenko, JA Marengo, JJ Marra, W Marszelewski, B Martens, R Martinez-Guingla, RA Massom, JT Mathis, L May, M Mayer, M Mazloff, C McBride, MF McCabe, G McCarthy, M McCarthy, EL McDonagh, S McGree, TR McVicar, CA Mears, W Meier, A Mekonnen, VV Menezes, GM Tsidu, WP Menzel, CJ Merchant, MP Meredith, MA Merrifield, P Minnis, DG Miralles, T Mistelbauer, GT Mitchum, S Mitro, D Monselesan, SA Montzka, N Mora, C Morice, B Morrow, T Mote, L Mudryk, J Muhle, AB Mullan, R Muller, ER Nash, RS Nerem, L Newman, PA Newman, JJ Nieto, J Noetzli, S ONeel, TJ Osborn, J Overland, L Oyunjargal, RM Parinussa, EH Park, RJ Pasch, R Pascual-Ramirez, AM Paterson, PR Pearce, V Pellichero, MS Pelto, L Peng, SE Perkins-Kirkpatrick, D Perovich, I Petropavlovskikh, AB Pezza, C Phillips, D Phillips, G Phoenix, B Pinty, MC Pitts, MR Pons, AO Porter, J Quintana, F Rahimzadeh, M Rajeevan, D Rayner, MK Raynolds, VN Razuvaev, P Read, J Reagan, P Reid, C Reimer, S Remy, JA Renwick, JV Revadekar, J Richter-Menge, A Rimmer, DA Robinson, M Rodell, R Rollenbeck, VE Romanovsky, J Ronchail, F Roquet, KH Rosenlof, C Roth, JA Rusak, JB Sallee, A Sanchez-Lugo, ML Santee, JL Sarmiento, P Sawaengphokhai, A Sayouri, TA Scambos, J Schemm, SG Schladow, C Schmid, M Schmid, P Schoeneich, CJ Schreck, T Schuur, HB Selkirk, U Send, S Sensoy, M Sharp, L Shi, NI Shiklomanov, SV Shimaraeva, DA Siegel, SR Signorini, E Silov, F Sima, AJ Simmons, DA Smeed, CJPP Smeets, A Smith, SL Smith, B Soden, JM Spence, AK Srivastava, PW Stackhouse, S Stammerjohn, W Steinbrecht, JL Stella, R Stennett-Brown, TS Stephenson, S Strahan, DA Streletskiy, S Sun-Mack, S Swart, W Sweet, G Tamar, MA Taylor, M Tedesco, RL Thoman, L Thompson, PR Thompson, ML Timmermans, MA Timofeev, JA Tirnanes, S Tobin, K Trachte, BC Trewin, AR Trotman, M Tschudi, O Tweedy, D van As, RSW van de Wal, R van der Schalie, G van der Schrier, GR van der Werf, CJ van Meerbeeck, I Velicogna, P Verburg, G Vieira, LA Vincent, H Vomel, RS Vose, W Wagner, A Wahlin, DA Walker, J Walsh, B Wang, CZ Wang, JH Wang, L Wang, M Wang, SH Wang, R Wanninkhof, S Watanabe, M Weber, RA Weller, GA Weyhenmeyer, R Whitewood, DN Wiese, SE Wijffels, AC Wilber, JD Wild, KM Willett, S Willie, JK Willis, G Wolken, T Wong, EF Wood, RI Woolway, B Wouters, Y Xue, SY Yim, XG Yin, L Yu, E Zambrano, HM Zhang, PQ Zhang, GG Zhao, L Zhao, JR Ziemke and N Zilberman (2017), State of the Climate in 2016. Bull. Amer. Meteorol. Soc. Version: 1 98 (8) S1-+, issn: 0003-0007, ids: FJ5BC, doi: 10.1175/2017BAMSStateoftheClimate.1
  • Ortega, I, S Coburn, LK Berg, K Lantz, J Michalsky, RA Ferrare, J Hair, CA Hostetler and R Volkamer (2016), The CU 2-D-MAX-DOAS instrument - Part 2: Raman scattering probability measurements and retrieval of aerosol optical properties. Atmos. Meas. Tech. Version: 1 9 (8) 3893-3910, issn: 1867-1381, ids: DW6YI, doi: 10.5194/amt-9-3893-2016
  • Berg, LK, JD Fast, JC Barnard, SP Burton, B Cairns, D Chand, JM Comstock, S Dunagan, RA Ferrare, CJ Flynn, JW Hair, CA Hostetler, J Hubbe, A Jefferson, R Johnson, EI Kassianov, CD Kluzek, P Kollias, K Lamer, K Lantz, F Mei, MA Miller, J Michalsky, I Ortega, M Pekour, RR Rogers, PB Russell, J Redemann, AJ Sedlacek, M Segal-Rosenheimer, B Schmid, JE Shilling, Y Shinozuka, SR Springston, JM Tomlinson, M Tyrrell, JM Wilson, R Volkamer, A Zelenyuk and CM Berkowitz (2016), The Two-Column Aerosol Project: Phase IOverview and impact of elevated aerosol layers on aerosol optical depth. J. Geophys. Res.-Atmos. Version: 1 121 (1) 336-361, issn: 2169-897X, ids: DD3TH, doi: 10.1002/2015JD023848
  • K. Lantz (2016), Update on Mauna Loa Atmospheric Transmission. State of the Climate in 2015 Version: 1, doi: 10.1175/2016BAMSStateoftheClimate.1
  • McDuffie, EE, PM Edwards, JB Gilman, BM Lerner, WP Dube, M Trainer, DE Wolfe, WM Angevine, J deGouw, EJ Williams, AG Tevlin, JG Murphy, EV Fischer, S McKeen, TB Ryerson, J Peischl, JS Holloway, K Aikin, AO Langford, CJ Senff, RJ Alvarez, SR Hall, K Ullmann, KO Lantz and SS Brown (2016), Influence of oil and gas emissions on summertime ozone in the Colorado Northern Front Range. J. Geophys. Res.-Atmos. Version: 1 121 (14) 8712-8729, issn: 2169-897X, ids: DT6YX, doi: 10.1002/2016JD025265
  • Buller, DB, M Berwick, K Lantz, MK Buller, J Shane, I Kane and X Liu (2015), Evaluation of Immediate and 12-Week Effects of a Smartphone Sun-Safety Mobile Application A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Dermatol. Version: 1 151 (5) 505-512, issn: 2168-6068, ids: CK4FH, doi: 10.1001/jamadermatol.2014.3894, PubMed ID: 25629819
  • Buller, DB, M Berwick, K Lantz, MK Buller, J Shane, I Kane and X Liu (2015), Smartphone Mobile Application Delivering Personalized, Real-Time Sun Protection Advice A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Dermatol. Version: 1 151 (5) 497-504, issn: 2168-6068, ids: CK4FH, doi: 10.1001/jamadermatol.2014.3889, PubMed ID: 25629710
  • Buller, DB, M Berwick, J Shane, I Kane, K Lantz and MK Buller (2013), User-centered development of a smart phone mobile application delivering personalized real-time advice on sun protection. Transl. Behav. Med. Version: 1 3 (3) 326-334, issn: 1869-6716, ids: V39LQ, doi: 10.1007/s13142-013-0208-1, PubMed ID: 24058385
  • Kassianov, E, J Barnard, M Pekour, LK Berg, J Michalsky, K Lantz and G Hodges (2013), Do diurnal aerosol changes affect daily average radiative forcing?. Geophys. Res. Lett. Version: 1 40 (12) 3265-3269, issn: 0094-8276, ids: 185FJ, doi: 10.1002/grl.50567
  • Kassianov, Evgueni, James Barnard, Mikhail Pekour, Larry K. Berg, Jerome Fast, Joseph Michalsky, Kathy Lantz and Gary Hodges (2013), Temporal Variability of Aerosol Properties during TCAP: Impact on Radiative Forcing. Version: 1 REMOTE SENSING OF CLOUDS AND THE ATMOSPHERE XVIII; AND OPTICS IN ATMOSPHERIC PROPAGATION AND ADAPTIVE SYSTEMS XVI Conference on Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere XVIII; and Optics in Atmospheric Propagation and Adaptive Systems XVIConference on Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere XVIII; and Optics in Atmospheric Propagation and Adaptive Systems XVI 8890 , Dresden, GERMANYDresden, GERMANY, SEP 23-26, 2013SEP 23-26, 2013, Ed. Comeron, A; Kassianov, EI; Schafer, K; Stein, K; Gonglewski, JD, Art. No. UNSP 88900O, issn: 0277-786X, isbn: 978-0-8194-9759-8, doi: 10.1117/12.2029355
  • Petropavlovskikh, I, R Evans, G McConville, S Oltmans, D Quincy, K Lantz, P Disterhoft, M Stanek and L Flynn (2011), Sensitivity of Dobson and Brewer Umkehr ozone profile retrievals to ozone cross-sections and stray light effects. Atmos. Meas. Tech. Version: 1 4 (9) 1841-1853, issn: 1867-1381, ids: 826QC, doi: 10.5194/amt-4-1841-2011
  • Hicke, JA, J Slusser, K Lantz and FG Pascual (2008), Trends and interannual variability in surface UVB radiation over 8 to 11 years observed across the United States. J. Geophys. Res.-Atmos. Version: 1 113 (D21) , Art. No. D21302, issn: 2169-897X, ids: 370UK, doi: 10.1029/2008JD009826
  • Lantz, K, P Disterhoft, J Slusser, W Gao, J Berndt, G Bernhard, S Bloms, R Booth, J Ehramjian, L Harrison, G Janson, P Johnston, P Kiedron, R McKenzie, M Kimlin, P Neale, M O'Neill, VV Quang, G Seckmeyer, T Taylor, S Wuttke and J Michalsky (2008), 2003 North American interagency intercomparison of ultraviolet spectroradiometers: scanning and spectrograph instruments. J. Appl. Remote Sens. Version: 1 2 , Art. No. 23547, issn: 1931-3195, ids: 417AG, doi: 10.1117/1.3040299
  • Hulsen, G, J Grobner, A Bais, M Blumthaler, P Disterhoft, B Johnsen, KO Lantz, C Meleti, J Schreder, JM Vilaplana Guerrero and L Ylianttila (2008), Intercomparison of erythemal broadband radiometers calibrated by seven UV calibration facilities in Europe and the USA. Atmos. Chem. Phys. Version: 1 8 (16) 4865-4875, issn: 1680-7316, ids: 343OR
  • McKenzie, R, G Bodeker, G Scott, J Slusser and K Lantz (2006), Geographical differences in erythemally-weighted UV measured at mid-latitude USDA sites. Photochem. Photobiol. Sci. Version: 1 5 (3) 343-352, issn: 1474-905X, ids: 036WE, doi: 10.1039/b510943d, PubMed ID: 16520871
  • DeLuisi, J, D Theisen, J Augustine, P Disterhoft, K Lantz, E Weatherhead, G Hodges, C Cornwall, I Petropavlovskikh, A Stevermer, D Wellman and J Barnett (2003), On the correspondence between surface UV observations and TOMS determinations of surface UV: a potential method for quality evaluating world surface UV observations. Ann. Geophys. Version: 1 46 (2) 295-308, issn: 1593-5213, ids: 698XU
  • Lantz, K, P Disterhoft, E Early, A Thompson, J DeLuisi, J Berndt, L Harrison, P Kiedron, J Ehramjian, G Bernhard, L Cabasug, J Robertson, WF Mou, T Taylor, J Slusser, D Bigelow, B Durham, G Janson, D Hayes, M Beaubien and A Beaubien (2002), The 1997 North American Interagency Intercomparison of Ultraviolet Spectroradiometers Including Narrowband Filter Radiometers. J. Res. Natl. Inst. Stand. Technol. Version: 1 107 (1) 19-62, issn: 1044-677X, ids: 538XX, doi: 10.6028/jres.107.006, PubMed ID: 27446717
  • Weatherhead, E, D Theisen, A Stevermer, J Enagonio, B Rabinovitch, P Disterhoft, K Lantz, R Meltzer, J Sabburg, J DeLuisi, J Rives and J Shreffler (2001), Temperature dependence of the Brewer ultraviolet data. J. Geophys. Res.-Atmos. Version: 1 106 (D24) 34121-34129, issn: 2169-897X, ids: 522DE, doi: 10.1029/2001JD000625
  • Lantz, KO, P Disterhoft, JJ DeLuisi, E Early, A Thompson, D Bigelow and J Slusser (1999), Methodology for deriving clear-sky erythemal calibration factors for UV broadband radiometers of the US Central UV Calibration Facility. J. Atmos. Ocean. Technol. Version: 1 16 (11) 1736-1752, issn: 0739-0572, ids: 258VH, doi: 10.1175/1520-0426(1999)016<1736:MFDCSE>2.0.CO;2