Craig D. Smith

Research Climatologist - Precipitation processes and measurement science, land surface-atmosphere interactions

Current research and/or projects

Climate processes support understanding of the climate systems and the development of observing techniques for developing and evaluating climate models

  • Precipitation gauge intercomparisons and wind bias adjustments
  • Measurements of atmospheric water vapour using GPS satellites
  • Precipitation-Elevation relationships and precipitation dynamics in complex terrain
  • Atmospheric boundary layer moisture dynamics

Professional activities / interests

Participated in national and international panels and workshops to examine improved techniques to measure precipitation and snowfall

10 years experience with measuring surface meteorological data specializing in the observation of precipitation

12 years experience with radiosonde atmospheric profile measurements and 8 years experience using GPS techniques to measure integrated precipitable water vapour

Co-PI of the Understanding Severe Thunderstorms and Alberta Boundary Layer Experiment (UNSTABLE)

Education and awards

M.Sc. Physical Geography/Climatology, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, 1997

B.Sc. Physical Geography, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, 1994

Climate Research Division Equinox award winner (Spring, 2007)

Key publications

Smith, C.D., N. Nicholson, S. Skone and G.S. Strong. 2008. Evaluating regional atmospheric water vapour estimates derived from GPS and GEM in southern Alberta. Atmosphere-Ocean, 46(4), 455-471.

Smith, C.D. 2007. The relationship between monthly precipitation and elevation in the Alberta foothills during the Foothills Orographic Precipitation Experiment, Cold Region Atmospheric and Hydrologic Studies (The Mackenzie GEWEX Experience) Volume I: Atmospheric Dynamics, Ming-ko Woo (ed), Springer, NY, 470 p.

Smith, C.D. 2007. Correcting the wind bias in snowfall measurements made with a Geonor T-200B precipitation gauge and Alter wind shield, proc. 14th SMOI, San Antonio.

Taylor, N., D. Sills, J. Hanesiak, J. Milbrandt, P. McCarthy, C. Smith and G. Strong. 2007. The Understanding Severe Thunderstorms and Alberta Bounday Layers Experiment (UNSTABLE). CMOS Bulletin SCMO. 35:20-28.