JOHN D HOREL portrait
  • Professor, Atmospheric Sciences


Research Summary

Weather and climate of the western United States, data assimilation, fire weather, Great Salt Lake studies, cold-air pools, and periods of poor air quality in valleys and basins.

Research Statement

My research is centered on the observation and analysis of weather and climate processes in mountainous regions. My current research activities include further development of MesoWest and ROMAN (see, which provide access to surface weather observations for operational, research, and educational applications. MesoWest also provides a foundation from which to conduct research to improve data assimilation techniques over complex terrain and evaluate the cost effectiveness of surface observing networks. I also am involved in research related to the Great Salt Lake, Utah regional climate issues, and cold-air pools associated with poor air quality.

Software Titles

  • MesoWest. provides access to environmental information. Continual development since 1996 Release Date: 01/01/2013. Inventors: MesoWest team.
  • MesoWest. Release Date: 01/01/2009. Inventors: collaborative team. Distribution List: widely used.
  • ROMAN. Release Date: 01/01/2009. Inventors: collaborative team effort. Distribution List: widely used.