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  • Washington, D.C. 20250-0003
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Warren E. Heilman

Research Meteorologist
3101 Technology Blvd., Ste. F
United States

Phone: 517-884-8063
Fax: 517-355-5121
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Current Research

My current research is focused on (1) developing new predictive tools for fire-weather, fire behavior, and air quality in support of the Forest Service's Fire and Fuels R&D Strategy, (2) examining fire-fuel-atmosphere interactions, turbulence regimes, and local dispersion of smoke during wildland fire events, and (3) examining the effects of climate variability and landscape change on fire-weather patterns over the U.S.

Research Interests

In support of the Forest Service’s Fire and Fuels R&D Strategy and the new Northern Station’s priority research themes, my future research ideas include an examination of

  • atmospheric turbulence processes involved in extreme fire behavior,
  • the dynamics of pollutant formation and transport in the vicinity of wildland and prescribed fires, and
  • the interacting effects of regional climate change/variability, landscape change, and pollutant emissions on forest health in the Great Lakes region.
  • Past Research

  • Remote Sensing of Canopy Temperatures
  • Atmospheric Turbulence Modeling over Complex Terrain and Vegetated Surfaces
  • Integration of Improved Deposition Velocity, Aerosol Coagulation, and Intefacial Volume Chemical Flux Parameterizations within EPA's Air Quality Models
  • Synoptic Circulation, Temperature, and Moisture Patterns Associated with Wildland Fires
  • Atmospheric Boundary-Layer Dynamics in the Vicinity of Wildland Fires
  • Climate and Air Quality Conditions in the Ozark-Ouachita Highlands Region of Southern Missouri, Arkansas, and Eastern Oklahoma
  • Development of Online Climate Variability and Atmospheric-Related Disturbance Information Systems for Natural Resource Managers
  • Impacts of Greenhouse Gases on Forest Microclimates
  • Ozone Pollution in the North Central and Northeastern U.S.: Current and Future Landscape Change Impacts on Ozone Risk to Forests
  • Why This Research is Important

    This research is important because it

  • increases our fundamental understanding of how the atmosphere interacts with forest and rangeland ecosystems,
  • increases our understanding of those atmospheric processes that impact disturbance frequency and severity, and
  • lays the foundation for the development of new predictive tools to anticipate weather and climate-related disturbances and their effects on ecosystem health and human health and safety.
  • Education

    • Iowa State University, Meteorology , 1988
    • Iowa State University, Meteorology , 1984
    • South Dakota State University, Physics , 1979

    Professional Experience

    • Supervisory Research Meteorologist, USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station
      2009 - Current
    • Research Meteorologist, USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station
      2007 - 2009
    • Project Leader/Research Meteorologist, USDA Forest Service, North Central Research Station
      1993 - 2007
    • Acting Project Leader/Research Meteorologist, USDA Forest Service, North Central Research Station
      1992 - 1993
    • Research Meteorologist, USDA Forest Service, North Central Research Station
      1990 - 1992
    • Research Scientist, Computer Sciences Corporation
      1988 - 1989
    • Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences, Iowa State University
      1985 - 1988
    • Instructor, Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences, Iowa State University
      1984 - 1985
    • Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant, Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences, Iowa State University
      1981 - 1984
    • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Physics, Iowa State University
      1980 - 1981
    • Research Assistant, Radiological and Environmental Research Division, Argonne National Laboratory
      1980 - 1980
    • Research Assistant, Remote Sensing Institute, South Dakota State University
      1978 - 1980
    • Research Assistant, Department of Physics, South Dakota State University
      1979 - 1979

    Professional Organizations

    • American Geophysical Union, Full Member (2009 - Current)
    • International Association of Wildland Fire, Full Member (2007 - Current)
    • American Meteorological Society, Full Member (1984 - Current)
    • Sigma Pi Sigma (Society of Physics Students), Full Member (1978 - Current)
    • National Fire Protection Association, Full Member (1992 - 1997)

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    Research Highlights


    Advancing Understanding of Atmospheric Interactions with Wildfires

    Through partnerships with San Jose State University, Michigan State University, and the Silas Little Experimental Forest, modeling and experimen ...


    Fireflux Experiments Improve Safety of Prescribed Burns in the New Jersey Pine Barrens

    Predicting the effects of smoke from low-intensity prescribed fires on local air-quality is being made easier by new tools developed by Forest S ...


    Modeling Tool Improves Smoke Dispersion Predictions During Low-Intensity Fires

    Forest Service scientists developed a new modeling tool to improve predictions of local smoke transport during low-intensity wildland fires in f ...


    Potential Effects of Regional Climate Change on Fire Weather in the U.S.

    Regional climate change has the potential to alter the frequency of extreme and erratic wildfires in the United States. Regional climate model ...


    Last updated on : 08/13/2015