Tyler Bell


Observations & Processes Team (OPT)

Job Title:Research Scientist


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Tyler is a Research Scientist in CIWRO. His research revolves around increasing the number and quality of observations in the atmospheric boundary layer through innovative sensing techniques. He works to both improve existing techniques as well as develop new methods for probing the lower atmosphere.

In addition to the Collaborative Lower Atmospheric Mobile Profiling System (CLAMPS), he has assisted in the development and characterization of the CopterSonde weather-sensing uncrewed aerial system (WxUAS) for observing the boundary layer. The ultimate goal is to deploy lower atmospheric observing systems into a national network. Finding the optimal configuration for such a network is an active area of research at CIWRO. Observations from both WxUAS and ground-based remote sensors such as those in CLAMPS will be critically important to advance our understanding of the atmosphere and ultimately to improve weather and climate forecasts.

Degree (Ph.D, M.S, B.A, etc.) Major Subject University or College Name Year (YYYY) (optional)
Ph.D. Meteorology University of Oklahoma 2021
M.S. Meteorology University of Oklahoma 2018
B.S. Meteorology University of Oklahoma 2016
Research Interests
  • Boundary-layer Meteorology
  • Remote Sensing
  • Weather-sensing UAS
  • Observations
Selected Publications
  • Bell, T., 2021: Examining Novel Profiling Systems and Their Synergy for Advancing Boundary-Layer Research. The University of Oklahoma, 114 pp. https://shareok.org/handle/11244/332333 (Accessed January 26, 2022).
  • Bell, T., P. Klein, N. Wildmann, and R. Menke, 2018: Analysis of flow in complex terrain using multi-doppler lidar retrievals. Atmospheric Measurement Techniques,.
  • Bell, T. M., B. R. Greene, P. M. Klein, M. Carney, and P. B. Chilson, 2020: Confronting the boundary layer data gap: evaluating new and existing methodologies of probing the lower atmosphere. Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 13, 3855–3872, https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-13-3855-2020.
  • Chilson, P. B., and Coauthors, 2019: Moving towards a Network of Autonomous UAS Atmospheric Profiling Stations for Observations in the Earth’s Lower Atmosphere: The 3D Mesonet Concept. Sensors, 19, 2720, https://doi.org/10.3390/s19122720.
  • Duncan Jr., J. B., and Coauthors, 2022: Evaluating convective planetary boundary layer height estimations resolved by both active and passive remote sensing instruments during the CHEESEHEAD19 field campaign. Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 15, 2479–2502, https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-15-2479-2022.
  • Lappin, F. M., T. M. Bell, E. A. Pillar-Little, and P. B. Chilson, 2022: Low-level buoyancy as a tool to understand boundary layer transitions. Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 15, 1185–1200, https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-15-1185-2022.
  • Segales, A. R., B. R. Greene, T. M. Bell, W. Doyle, J. J. Martin, E. A. Pillar-Little, and P. B. Chilson, 2020: The CopterSonde: an insight into the development of a smart unmanned aircraft system for atmospheric boundary layer research. Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 13, 2833–2848, https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-13-2833-2020.
  • Smith, E. N., and Coauthors, 2021: Evaluation and Applications of Multi-Instrument Boundary-Layer Thermodynamic Retrievals. Boundary-Layer Meteorol, 181, 95–123, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10546-021-00640-2.