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Rob Newsom

Atmospheric Measurement & Data Sciences
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
MSIN: K9-24
Richland, WA 99352

PNNL Publications


  • Newsom RK, WA Brewer, JM Wilczak, D Wolfe, SP Oncley, and JK Lundquist. 2017. "Validating Precision Estimates in Horizontal Wind Measurements from a Doppler Lidar." Atmospheric Measurement Techniques 10(3):1229-1240.  doi:10.5194/amt-10-1229-2017
  • Berg LK, RK Newsom, and DD Turner. 2017. "Year-Long Vertical Velocity Statistics Derived From Doppler Lidar in the Continental Convective Boundary Layer." Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology 56(9):2441-2454.  doi:10.1175/JAMC-D-16-0359.1


  • Newsom RK. 2016. Optimizing Lidar Wind Measurements from the DOE WindSentinel BuoysPNNL-25512, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Lundquist JK, JM Wilczak, R Ashton, L Bianco, A Brewer, A Choukulkar, A Clifton, M Debnath, R Delgado, K Friedrich, S Gunter, A Hamidi, GV Iungo, A Kaushik, B Kosovic, P Langan, A Lass, E Lavin, JC Lee, KL McCaffrey, RK Newsom, DC Noone, SP Oncely, PT Quelet, SP Sandberg, J Schroeder, WJ Shaw, LC Sparling, CM St. Martin, A St. Pe, E Strobach, K Tay, BJ Vanderwende, AM Weickmann, D Wolfe, and RP Worsnop. 2016. "Assessing state-of-the-art capabilities for probing the atmospheric boundary layer: the XPIA field campaign." Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 98(2):289-314.  doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-15-00151.1
  • Newman JF, TA Bonin, P Klein, S Wharton, and RK Newsom. 2016. "Testing and validation of multi-lidar scanning strategies for wind energy applications." Wind Energy 19(12):2239-2254.  doi:10.1002/we.1978
  • Van Weverberg K, I Boutle, CJ Morcrette, and RK Newsom. 2016. "Towards retrieving critical relative humidity from ground-based remote sensing observations." Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society 142(700):2867-2881.  doi:10.1002/qj.2874


  • Newsom RK, LK Berg, WJ Shaw, and M Fischer. 2015. "Turbine-scale wind field measurements using dual-Doppler lidar." Wind Energy 18(2):219235.  doi:10.1002/we.1691
  • Klein P, TA Bonin, JF Newman, DD Turner, PB Chilson, CE Wainwright, WG Blumberg, S Mishra, M Carney, EP Jacobsen, S Wharton, and RK Newsom. 2015. "LABLE: A multi-institutional, student-led, atmospheric boundary layer experiment." Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 96(10):1743-1764.  doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-13-00267.1
  • Shukla KK, DV Phanikumar, N Kumar, K Reddy, VR Kotamarthi, RK Newsom, and TB Ouarda. 2015. "Wave like signatures in aerosol optical depth and associated radiative impacts over the central Himalayan region." Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics 133:62-66.  doi:10.1016/j.jastp.2015.08.001
  • Thorsen TJ, Q Fu, RK Newsom, DD Turner, and JM Comstock. 2015. "Automated retrieval of cloud and aerosol properties from the ARM Raman lidar, part 1: feature detection." Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology 32(11):1977-1998.  doi:10.1175/JTECH-D-14-00150.1


  • Newsom RK, LK Berg, MS Pekour, JD Fast, Q Xu, P Zhang, Q Yang, WJ Shaw, and JE Flaherty. 2014. "Evaluation of Single-Doppler Radar Wind Retrievals in Flat and Complex Terrain." Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology 53(8):19201931.  doi:10.1175/JAMC-D-13-0297.1
  • Shukla KK, DV Phanikumar, RK Newsom, N Kumar, V Ratnam, M Naja, and N Singh. 2014. "Estimation of the mixing layer height over a high altitude site in Central Himalayan region by using Doppler lidar." Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics 109:48-53.  doi:10.1016/j.jastp.2014.01.006


  • Newsom RK, DD Turner, and JEM Goldsmith. 2013. "Long-Term Evaluation of Temperature Profiles Measured by an Operational Raman Lidar." Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology 30(8):1616-1634.  doi:10.1175/JTECH-D-12-00138.1
  • Yang Q, LK Berg, MS Pekour, JD Fast, RK Newsom, M Stoelinga, and C Finley. 2013. "Evaluation of WRF predicted near hub-height winds and ramp events over a Pacific Northwest site with complex terrain." Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology 52(8): 17531763.  doi:10.1175/JAMC-D-12-0267.1


  • Newsom RK. 2011. Analysis of Doppler Lidar Data Acquired During the Pentagon Shield Field CampaignPNNL-20339, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Dupont JC, M Haeffelin, Y Morille, JM Comstock, CJ Flynn, CN Long, C Sivaraman, and RK Newsom. 2011. "Cloud properties derived from two lidars over the ARM SGP site." Geophysical Research Letters 38:Article No. L08814.  doi:10.1029/2010GL046274
  • Liu Y, Z Wang, J Wang, RA Ferrare, RK Newsom, and EJ Welton. 2011. "The effect of aerosol vertical profiles on satellite-estimated surface particle sulfate concentrations." Remote Sensing of Environment 115(2):508-513.  doi:10.1016/j.rse.2010.09.019


  • Newsom RK. 2010. PNNL Nexrad Wind Retrieval System Users GuidePNNL-19965, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Hill M, R Calhoun, HJS Fernando, A Wieser, A Dornbrack, M Weissmann, G Mayr, and RK Newsom. 2010. "Coplanar Doppler Lidar Retrieval of Rotors from T-REX." Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences 67(3):713-729.  doi:10.1175/2009JAS3016.1
  • McMillan WW, R Pierce, LC Sparling, G Osterman, K McCann, ML Fischer, B Rappengluck, RK Newsom, DD Turner, C Kittaka, K Evans, S Biraud, B Lefer, A Andrews, and S Oltmans. 2010. "An Observational and modeling strategy to investigate the impact of remote sources on local air quality: A Houston, Texas case study from the Second Texas Air Quality Study (TEXAQS II)." Journal of Geophysical Research. D. (Atmospheres) 115(D01301):, doi:10.1029/2009JD011973


  • Newsom RK, DD Turner, B Mielke, MF Clayton, R Ferrare, and C Sivaraman. 2009. "Simultaneous analog and photon counting detection for Raman lidar." Applied Optics 48(20):3903-3914. 
  • Schmid B, CJ Flynn, RK Newsom, DD Turner, R Ferrare, MF Clayton, E Andrews, JA Ogren, RR Johnson, PB Russell, W Gore, and R Dominguez. 2009. "Validation of aerosol extinction and water vapor profiles from routine Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Climate Research Facility measurements ." Journal of Geophysical Research. D. (Atmospheres) 114(D22207):, doi:10.1029/2009JD012682


  • Newsom RK, R Calhoun, D Ligon, and KJ Allwine. 2008. "Linearly Organized Turbulence Structures Observed Over a Suburban Area by Dual-Doppler Lidar." Boundary-Layer Meteorology 127(1):111-130. 
  • Fast JD, RK Newsom, KJ Allwine, Q Xu, P Zhang, JH Copeland, and J Sun. 2008. "An Evaluation of Two NEXRAD Wind Retrieval Methodologies and Their Use in Atmospheric Dispersion Models." Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology 47(9):2351-2371.  doi:10.1175/2008JAMC1853.1
  • Pichugina YL, RM Banta, ND Kelley, BJ Jonkman, SC Tucker, RK Newsom, and WA Brewer. 2008. "Horizontal-Velocity and Variance Measurements in the Stable Boundary Layer Using Doppler Lidar: Sensitivity to Averaging Procedures." Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology 25(8):1307-1326.  doi:10.1175/2008JTECHA988.1
  • Xia Q, CL Lin, R Calhoun, and RK Newsom. 2008. "Retrieval of Urban Boundary Layer Structures from Doppler Lidar Data. Part I: Accuracy Assessment." Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences 65(1):3-20.  doi:10.1175/2007JAS2328.1


  • Fast JD, RK Newsom, KJ Allwine, Q Xu, P Zhang, JH Copeland, and J Sun. 2007. Development of NEXRAD Wind Retrievals as Input to Atmospheric Dispersion ModelsPNNL-16399, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Flaherty JE, KJ Allwine, MJ Brown, WIJ Coirier, SC Ericson, OR Hansen, AH Huber, S Kim, MJ Leach, JD Mirocha, RK Newsom, G Patnaik, and I Senocak. 2007. "Evaluation study of building-resolved urban dispersion models." In 7th Symposium on the Urban Environment, 10-13 September 2007, San Diego, CA.  American Meteorological Society, Boston, MA. 
  • Wang Y, CL Klipp, DM Garvey, D Ligon, CC Williamson, SS Chang, RK Newsom, and R Calhoun. 2007. "Nocturnal Low-Level-Jet-Dominated Atmospheric Boundary Layer Observed by a Doppler Lidar Over Oklahoma City during JU2003." Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology 46(12):2098-2109.  doi:10.1175/2006JAMC1283.1


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