J. D. Carlson
A meteorologist by training, Dr. Carlson provides research and extension support for programs associated with the Oklahoma Mesonet, the state’s automated weather station network. In particular, his expertise includes boundary-layer meteorology, agricultural and fire meteorology, and atmospheric dispersion. In conjunction with the US Forest Service, his major efforts over the past 13 years have centered in developing “OK-FIRE” (more info here), a weather-based system for wildland fire management in Oklahoma, and in training wildland fire managers on the use of OK-FIRE with respect to both wildfire and prescribed fire. Prior to OK-FIRE, working with other OSU faculty, Dr. Carlson developed a wide range of operational applications using Mesonet data including insect and plant disease modeling, crop phenology, evapotranspiration, irrigation scheduling, and atmospheric dispersion. He also has recently worked with faculty in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering exploring the application of unmanned aerial vehicles to wildland fire monitoring. A significant component of his research in BAE, is investigating the usefulness of small unmanned aerial systems for measuring wildland fire variables (fuels, fire) and for tactical wildfire suppression activities.