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Belay Demoz

Professor and Director

Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology
Physics, Room 426
Postdoc, University of Illinois-Urbana (UIUC) (1994)
Ph D, University of Nevada-Reno;, Desert Research Institute (DRI) (1992)
MS, University of Nevada-Reno (1989)
BS, Asmara University (1984)

Dr. Demoz has over 20 years of research experience in private industry, government, and Academia. He has chaired the Committee for Atmospheric LIDAR Application Studies (CLAS) for the American Meteorological Society; is a member of the Atmospheric Observation Panel for Climate (AOPC) Working Group on GRUAN (WG-GRUAN); and has served in Editorial Boards of Journals and Magazine. He has organized national and international conferences, experiments, and workshops. He is a Professor in Physics and the current Director of the Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology (JCET).

Research Interests

Dr. Demoz's research interest covers the broad area of atmospheric observations with a particular emphasis in lidar, radar and Microwave radiometer and their applications in mesoscale observations, climate observation and network design. His is mainly interested in integrating the multiple instruments and their physics in understanding atmospheric dynamics to improve now casting and climate.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Demoz's teaching interests are in the areas of atmospheric instrumentation - including lidars, microwave radiometery, and radars, classical mechanics and aerosol and cloud micro-physics. He has lectured in general mechanics and analytical mechanics for several years. He is trained in cloud microphysics and aerosol physics and enjoys teaching these courses.

Selected Classes
Spring 2015 PHYS 622 – Atmospheric Physics II
Contracts, Fellowships, Grants, and Sponsored Research

Demoz, Belay B. (Principal) NOAA Cooperative Science Center in Atmospheric Science and meteorology (NCAS-M) Grant (Funded) Sponsored by NOAA (Sep 1, 2016 – Aug 31, 2019)

Demoz, Belay B. (Principal) Support of NOAA commitment to Climate Observing System (GCOS) reference Upper Air Network (GRUAN) Grant (Funded) Sponsored by NOAA (Sep 1, 2014 – Aug 31, 2019)

Demoz, Belay B. (Principal) Investigate and Validate the effectiveness of the CL31 as a lidar network Grant (Funded) Sponsored by NOAA (Sep 1, 2014 – Aug 31, 2016)

Demoz, Belay B. (Principal) Investigate and Validate the effectiveness of the CL31 as a lidar network Grant (Funded) Sponsored by NOAA (Sep 1, 2014 – Aug 31, 2015)

Demoz, Belay B. (Principal) PECAN: Ground based Lidar and Grant Sponsored by NSF (Feb 15, 2014 – Jan 31, 2018)

Intellectual Contributions

A case study of Mid-Atlantic nocturnal boundary layer events during WAVES 2006 11 vol. 53 2627-2648 Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology

4 vol. 13 343-357 Environmental Hazards

Double Bright Band Observations with High-Resolution Vertically Pointing Radar, Lidar, and Radiometer 13 vol. 119 8201-8211 Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres.

2-3 vol. 6 135-149 Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research

Characterization of West African jet streams and its association to ENSO events and rainfall in ERA- Interim 1979 - 2011 vol. 2014 12 Advances in Meteorology,


(Author & Presenter) American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting Poster Using Lidar and Machine Learning to Identify Planetary Boundary Layer Heights American Geophysical Union San Francisco, CA

(Author & Presenter) 2019 MARAMA Air Quality Monitoring Training Workshop Oral Presentation EPAMS Profiler and Ceilometer Network MARAMA Swarthmore, PA

(Author & Presenter) 2018 MARAMA Air Quality Monitoring Training Workshop Oral Presentation Evaluation of Lidars/Ceilometers, and Determination of Mixing Layer Heights for PAMS MARAMA Charlottesville, VA

(Author) (Author) (Author) (Author) 18th International laser Radar Conference Oral Presentation Lidar Profiling the lower Troposphere: experience from PECAN University of Bucharest, Romania Bucharest

(Author & Presenter) (Author) (Author) (Author) PECAN Science Workshop Oral Presentation Summary and highlights of PECAN FP2 measurements University of Oklahoma and National Science foundation Norman, Oklahoma

(Presenter) (Other) (Other) (Other) 18th Symposium on Meteorological Observation and Instrumentation Lecture The National Weather Service Ceilometer Planetary Boundary Layer Project Update American meteorological Society New Orleans

(Author & Presenter) (Author) (Author) (Author) AMS 14th Annual Student Conference Poster Determining Planetary Boundary Layer Heights with Ground-Based Lidar and Wind Profiler on Short Spatial and Temporal Scales UMBC/JCET Phoenix, AZ

7th NOAA EPP Biennial Education and Science Forum Poster CREST Lidar Network Observations for Air Quality and Wind Energy Research NOAA Office of Education University of Maryland, Eastern Shore