Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Ronald Baskett

Deputy Division Leader for Operations
Atmospheric, Earth, & Energy Division

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MSc.. Atmospheric Science
University of California at Davis
B.S. Atmospheric Science
University of California at Davis

Research Interests

Ron currently is a co-PI on an LDRD to develop Bayesian stochastic inversion methods to determine optimal source term characteristics based on measurements of an atmospheric release. He also is creating an Atmospheric Modeling Testbed for researchers to rapidly assemble weather analysis, forecasting, and dispersion models linked to large meteorological data sets and visualization tools.

His research interests include:

  • Mesoscale meteorological modeling and analyses
  • Inverse and receptor-oriented modeling and source reconstruction methods
  • Modeling atmospheric releases of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear material
  • Model evaluation studies
  • Air quality and aerosol science studies
  • Wind and solar energy studies
  • Boundary layer, satellite, mountain, urban, forensic, and agricultural meteorology

Honors and Awards

  • LLNL Directorate Gold Awards in 2011, 2009, 200, 2005, and 2004

Selected (Recent) Publications

Mirocha, J. D., M. D. Simpson, J. D. Fast, L. K. Berg, & R. L. Baskett (2015) Investigation of lower-atmospheric wind predictions during low-level jet events using the Weather Research and Forecasting model. Accepted for publication in Wind Energy.

Lucas, D.D., Gowardhan, A., Johanesson, G, Cameron-Smith, P.J., & Baskett, R.L. (2014) Atmospheric Source Estimation with Uncertainty Quantification for Urban Scales. 18th Annual Conference on Atmospheric Transport and Dispersion Modeling, George Mason Univ., Fairfax, VA.

Scott, R.E., Phillips, J.M., Cairns-Gallimore, D., Homann, S.G., & Baskett, R.L. (2013) Technological Advances in Radiological Contingency Planning for the 2011 Mars Science Lab Mission. Proceedings of American Nuclear Society Nuclear and Emerging Technologies for Space, Albuquerque, NM, February 25-28, 2013.

Baskett, R.L., Sugiyama, G., Nasstrom, J.S. & Pobanz, B.M. (2010) Interagency Modeling and Atmospheric Assessment Center (IMAAC) Support for Airborne Emergencies. Presented at 2010 California Air Response Planning Alliance (CARPA) Training Summit, Sacramento, CA, December 14, 2010. LLNL-ABS-463213.

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