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Demoz, Belay


Departmental Affiliation:  Physics

JCET Research Group:  UMBC-based Faculty

GSFC Code:  610.6

Mailing Address:
Physics Department
1000 Hilltop Circle
Room 424
Baltimore, MD 21228 USA


Phone Numbers:

Physics Department: (410) 455-2715
JCET Office: (410) 455-5706

Research Interests:

Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry, Meteorological Observations, Mesoscale Dynamics, and Climate


Belay holds a doctoral degree in Atmospheric Physics from the University of Nevada and Desert Research Institute in Reno, Nevada. Prior to joining UMBC/JCET he was Professor at the Department of Physics and Astronomy (where he was Director of Graduate Studies for the Physics Department and also one of the Principal PI’s at the Beltsville research Campus). Before joining academia, Dr. Demoz has worked for the private industry as a NASA contractor, followed by some time as a Civil Servant at NASA/GSFC in the Mesoscale Dynamics Branch. His research interest includes mesoscale observation and instrumentation in atmospheric physics and climate as well as atmospheric science influence in climate policy. He has chaired the Committee for Atmospheric LIDAR Application Studies (CLAS) for the American Meteorological Society and has served as Associate Editor for the Journal of Geophysical Research and the web magazine Earthzine ( He has organized national and international conferences and workshops and serves in a number of working groups and international organization and also serves as an adjunct Professor at University of Utah. He is also active in organizing national and international research field observations (e.g. WAVES 2007, IHOP2002, PECAN 2015 for example). He has published numerous articles and reports (

Recent Publications:

Okonkwo C.O., Demoz B., (2014): Identifying anthropogenic ‘hotspots’ and management of water resources in Lake Chad Basin using GIS. Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research 05/2014; 6(2-3):135-149. DOI: 10.1080/19390459.2014.920581

Rabenhorst, S., D. N. Whiteman, D. Zhang, B. Demoz (2014): A Case Study of Mid-Atlantic Nocturnal Boundary-Layer Events During WAVES 2006. Part I: Observational Detection of Fine Scale Phenomena. Accepted Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres.

Emory, A. E, B. Demoz, K. Vermeesch, and M. Hicks (2014): Double Bright Band Observations with High-Resolution Vertically Pointing Radar, Lidar, and Radiometer. Accepted (With Revision) JGR- Atmospheres.

Kevin C. Vermeesch, B. M. Gentry, H. Chen, B. Demoz (2014): Comparison of GLOW Wind Lidar and Vaisala RS92 Radiosondes.  Accepted (With Revision) Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology.

Okonkwo C.O., Demoz B., Tesfai, S. (2014): On the association between West African jet streams, ENSO events and rainfall in ERA- Interim 1979 – 2011, Characterization of West African Jet Streams and Their Association to ENSO Events and Rainfall in ERA-Interim 1979–2011,” Advances in Meteorology, vol. 2014, Article ID 405617, 12 pages, 2014. doi:10.1155/2014/405617

Delgado, R., S. D. Rabenhorst, B. B. Demoz, R. M. Hoff (2014): Elastic Lidar Measurements of Summer Nocturnal Low Level Jet Events over Baltimore, Maryland. Accepted. Journal of Atmospheric Chemistry. DOI:10.1007/s10874-013-9277-2

Weldegaber, M, B. Demoz, L. Sparling, K. Vermeesch, R. Delgado, R. Hoff (2013): A Modeling Study of Summer Low-Level-Jets over the Mid-Atlantic Region, In review (Accepted, with revision). Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics.

Okonkwo, Churchill, Belay Demoz & Kyrian Onyeukwu (2013): Characteristics of drought indices and rainfall in Lake Chad Basin, International Journal of Remote Sensing, 34(22), 7945-7961, DOI: 10.1080/01431161.2013.827813.

Fassò, A., R. Ignaccolo, F. Madonna, and B. B. Demoz (2013): Statistical modelling of collocation uncertainty in atmospheric thermodynamic profiles, Atmos. Meas. Tech. Discuss., 6, 7505-7533, doi:10.5194/amtd-6-7505-2013, 2013.

Jenkins, G, S.,M. L. Robjhon*, B. Demoz, W. R. Stockwell, S. A. Ndiaye, M. S. Drame, M. Gueye, J. W. Smith, Y. Luna-Cruz, J. Clark, J. Holt, C. Paulin, A. Brickhouse, A. Williams, A. Abdullah, A. Reyes, L. Mendes, A. Valentine, M. Camara (2013): Multi-site tropospheric ozone measurements across the north Tropical Atlantic during the summer of 2010, Atmospheric Environment, 70, 131-148.

Stockwell, W, V. Morris, E. Joseph, B. Demoz, D. Venable, G. S. Jenkins and T. Yu (2012): Experiential Teaching and Research in the Atmospheric Sciences for Minority Students. Accepted. Environment Manager (EM) Magazine, Published by the Air and Waste Management Association.

Fuentes J. D. and D. Doughty, B. Demoz, and I. Mitrea (2012):  Increasing Diversity in Geosciences Through Experiential Learning. Eos, 93, No. 51, 18 December 2012.

Thorne, P. et al, (2012): GCOS Reference Upper Air Network (GRUAN):
Steps Towards Assuring Future Climate Records. Proceedings of the 9th International Temperature Symposium Los Angeles, CA on March 19 – 23, 2012. Published by the American Institute of Physics Volume 8 of Temperature: Its Measurement and Control in Science and Industry.