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Casey Burleyson

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


Casey Burleyson is a research scientist at PNNL. His research interests revolve around understanding the factors that control cloud formation and organization and examining how clouds interact with the broader climate system. Dr. Burleyson's work to date has focused on two climatologically important cloud regimes: subtropical marine stratocumulus and deep tropical convective clouds. He uses observational data sets from field campaigns and satellites to statistically characterize the environments in which clouds and precipitation form.

Research Interests

  • Cloud and Precipitation Formation and Organization
  • Cloud Radiative Effects
  • Cloud-Climate Interactions

Education and Credentials

  • Ph.D., Atmospheric Sciences, North Carolina State University
  • M.S., Applied Physics, Columbia University
  • B.S., Meteorology, North Carolina State University

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • American Geophysical Union (AGU), 2007-Present
  • American Meteorological Society (AMS), 2006-Present
  • National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT), 2012-Present

Awards and Recognitions

  • "Best Talk" Award at the PNNL Postdoctoral Research Symposium, 2014
  • NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship, 2010-2013
  • NSF IGERT Fellowship, 2007-2008

PNNL Publications


  • Burleyson CD, N Voisin, ZT Taylor, YL Xie, and IP Kraucunas. 2018. "Simulated Building Energy Demand Biases Resulting from the Use of Representative Weather Stations." Applied Energy 209:516-528.  doi:10.1016/j.apenergy.2017.08.244
  • Wang H, CD Burleyson, PL Ma, JD Fast, and PJ Rasch. 2018. "Using the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Datasets to Evaluate Climate Models in Simulating Diurnal and Seasonal Variations of Tropical Clouds." Journal of Climate 31(8):33013325,.  doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-17-0362.1


  • Bramer LM, J Rounds, CD Burleyson, DC Fortin, JE Hathaway, JS Rice, and IP Kraucunas. 2017. "Evaluating Penalized Logistic Regression Models to Predict Heat-Related Electric Grid Stress Days." Applied Energy 205:1408-1418.  doi:10.1016/j.apenergy.2017.09.087
  • Giangrande S, Z Feng, M Jensen, JM Comstock, K Johnson, T Toto, M Wang, CD Burleyson, N Bharadwaj, F Mei, L Machado, A Manzi, S Xie, S Tang, MAF Silva Dias, RA de Souza, C Schumacher, and ST Martin. 2017. "Cloud Characteristics, Thermodynamic Controls and Radiative Impacts During the Observations and Modeling of the Green Ocean Amazon (GoAmazon2014/5) Experiment." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 17(23):14519-14541.  doi:10.5194/acp-17-14519-2017


  • Feng Z, LY Leung, SM Hagos, RA Houze, CD Burleyson, and K Balaguru. 2016. "More frequent intense and long-lived storms dominate the springtime trend in central U.S. rainfall." Nature Communications 7:13429.  doi:10.1038/ncomms13429
  • Burleyson CD, Z Feng, SM Hagos, JD Fast, L Machado, and ST Martin. 2016. " Spatial Variability of the Background Diurnal Cycle of Deep Convection around the GoAmazon2014/15 Field Campaign Sites." Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology 55(7):1579-1598.  doi:10.1175/JAMC-D-15-0229.1
  • Hagos SM, Z Feng, CD Burleyson, C Zhao, M Martini, and LK Berg. 2016. "Moist process biases in simulations of the Madden-Julian Oscillation episodes observed during the AMIE/DYNAMO field campaign." Journal of Climate 29(3):1091-1107.  doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-15-0349.1
  • Hagos SM, C Zhang, Z Feng, CD Burleyson, C DeMott, B Kerns, J Benedict, and M Martini. 2016. "The impact of the diurnal cycle on the propagation of Madden-Julian Oscillation convection across the Maritime Continent." Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems 8(4):15521564.  doi:10.1002/2016MS000725


  • Burleyson CD, and SE Yuter. 2015. "Patterns of Diurnal Marine Stratocumulus Cloud Fraction Variability." Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology 54(4):847866.  doi:10.1175/JAMC-D-14-0178.1
  • Burleyson CD, and SE Yuter. 2015. "Subdiurnal Stratocumulus Cloud Fraction Variability and Sensitivity to Precipitation." Journal of Climate 28(8):29682985.  doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-14-00648.1
  • Burleyson CD, CN Long, and JM Comstock. 2015. "Quantifying Diurnal Cloud Radiative Effects by Cloud Type in the Tropical Western Pacific." Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology 54(6):1297-1312.  doi:10.1175/JAMC-D-14-0288.1
  • Feng Z, SM Hagos, A Rowe, CD Burleyson, M Martini, and S de Szoeke. 2015. "Mechanisms of Convective Cloud Organization by Cold Pools over Tropical Warm Ocean during the AMIE/DYNAMO Field Campaign." Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems 7(2):357-381.  doi:10.1002/2014MS000384
  • Wilbanks MC, SE Yuter, S de Szoeke, WA Brewer, MA Miller, AM Hall, and CD Burleyson. 2015. "Near-surface Density Currents Observed in the Southeast Pacific Stratocumulus-topped Marine Boundary Layer." Monthly Weather Review 143(9):35323555.  doi:10.1175/MWR-D-14-00359.1


  • Hagos SM, Z Feng, CD Burleyson, KS Lim, CN Long, D Wu, and G Thompson. 2014. "Evaluation of convection-permitting model simulations of cloud populations associated with the Madden-Julian Oscillation using data collected during the AMIE/DYNAMO field campaign." Journal of Geophysical Research. D. (Atmospheres) 119(21):12,05212,068.  doi:10.1002/2014JD022143

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