Scott Swerdlin

NCAR Program Director

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Area of expertise
design of systems for protection against airborne releases of hazardous materials

Swerdlin's expertise is in designing security systems that, in the event of the release of hazardous materials into the atmosphere, could help officials anticipate the movement of the airborne materials and evacuate people at risk. He and his colleagues use a combination of highly sophisticated lidars and other observing instruments, as well as specialized models that simulate small scale movements of winds and other atmospheric processed in unusually fine detail. He has worked at such high-profile sites as the Pentagon and the Salt Lake City Olympics. Swerdlin directs programs in defense, homeland security, and numerical weather prediction applications in NCAR's Research Applications Laboratory.