Wayne Feltz

Brief Vitae

Wayne F. Feltz
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1225 West Dayton Street
Madison, WI  53706

Research Interests

  • Remote Sensing of Atmospheric State Using Passive and Active Instrumentation
  • Advancement of Satellite Derived Meteorological Fields for Aviation Weather Hazard Nowcasting
  • Validation of Satellite, Aircraft, and Ground-based Remotely Sensed Weather Parameters
  • High Spectral Resolution Infrared Weather Applications
  • Severe Weather Nowcasting Using New Atmospheric Technologies
Mr. Feltz’s primary research interest is in retrieval of temperature and water vapor profiles from high-resolution radiances and validation of satellite data with ground based remotely sensed data and development of satellite derived aviation weather products for operational use.  His research addresses basic issues associated with validation of satellite retrieved atmospheric data and evaluation of passive and active remote sensing technologies.  Research achievements include: development temperature and moisture retrieval algorithms for ground based high resolution fourier transform interferometric radiometer radiance measurements; advancement of satellite derived meteorological field for operation use in detection of aviation weather hazards; development of new meteorological applications for remotely sensed atmospheric temperature, water and wind fields; validation of remotely sensed atmospheric state; surface-based passive remote sensing of clouds; successful participation in a number of field experiments; and instrument performance analysis. 
Current Projects
  • Principal Investigator/Lead on “Advanced Satellite Aviation-weather Product (ASAP)”  Program, funded by NASA LaRC, 2004-present,  http://cimss.ssec.wisc.edu/asap/
  • Principal Investigator on proposal “Validation of Temperature/Moisture Profiles from the Mesaba Airlines TAMDAR Instrumentation”, funded by NASA LaRC, 2005-present, http://cimss.ssec.wisc.edu/tamdar/
  • Program Manager/Co-I on proposal “Physical Modeling for Processing Indian Ocean METOC Imager (IOMI) and Geostationary Imaging FTS (GIFTS) Hyperspectral Data”, Dr. Allen Huang (SSEC/CIMSS) PI, funded by DOD Navy, 2002 – present, http://cimss.ssec.wisc.edu/muri
  • Program Manager/Co-I on proposal “Continuation Of Data Analysis Software Development For The Atmospheric Emitted Radiance Interferometer (AERI)”, Dr. Robert Knuteson (SSEC/CIMSS) PI, funded by DOE Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Program, 1996 – present, http://cimss.ssec.wisc.edu/aeri
  • Program Manager/Lead on proposal “Continuation Of GOES-11 Sounder Derived Product Validation During The 2002 International H20 Program (Ihop) Experiment”, funded by NOAA USWRP, 2003-present
  • Program Manager/Co-I on Statement of Work “Over Ocean Atmospheric Validation Of Airs Temperature/Moisture Profiles And Radiances”, Dr. Peter Minnett U of Miami RSMAS PI, funded by NASA HQ,  2004-present
  • Co-Investigator on proposal “ARM Site Atmospheric State Best Estimates for Aqua: Retrieval, Radiance, and Forward Model Validation”, Dr. David Tobin SSEC/CIMSS PI, Funded by NASA HQ, 2004 – present
Current Students (Scientific Advisor):

  • Timothy Wagner – M.S.;  AERI thermodynamic profiling applications
  • Nathan Uhlenbrock – M.S.;  Remotely sensed satellite turbulence signatures
  • Mike Richards – M.S.;  Determination of volcanic ash plume altitude using infrared satellite data
  • Robert Holz – PhD;  Determination of cloud altitude and temperature inversion altitude using hyperspectral data.
Academic Education

    1991-1994    University of Wisconsin - Madison
            M.S. - Atmospheric and Oceanic Science
            Advisor: Dr. William Smith
            Thesis: "Meteorological Applications of the Atmospheric Emitted Radiance Interferometer"
    1987-1991     Northland College
             B.S. – Earth Science
            Minor: Mathematics
            Graduated Magna Cum Laude


2003-Present   Researcher
            Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies
2000-2003    Associate Researcher
            Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies
1998-2000    Assistant Researcher
            Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies
1994-1998    Research Specialist
            Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies
1991-1994    Graduate Research Assistant
            University of Wisconsin - Madison


University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • Spring 1995:  Lettau Award for "AOS Thesis of the Year" April 1995

Northland College
  • Magna Cum Laude 1991
  • Deans Hall of Recognition 1991
  • Student Trustee 1989-1991
  • Authur J. Ingold – Junior Award 1990
  • Summer NOAA Internship 1989-1990
  • Academic Scholarship 1987-1991

Science and  Engineering Research Semester (SERS) at PNNL (DOE) 1991
Summer Institute for Atmospheric Science Participant (NOAA) 1989, 1990


Mr. Feltz has authored or coauthored over 20 peer reviewed scientific publications relating to passive meteorological infrared remote sensing, validation of remote sensing and in situ meteorological instrumentation, and the detection of mesoscale meteorological events.  In addition, over 30 conference papers have been presented.  Please view publications for a complete listing.