Argonne National Laboratory

Doug Sisterson

Doug Sisterson

Research Meteorologist
- Environmental Science

Doug Sisterson is a senior manager at Argonne for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility. The ARM program is the largest federally sponsored climate change research program in DOE and the ARM facility provides the world’s most comprehensive 24/7 observational capabilities for obtaining atmospheric data specifically for climate change research.

Doug has the overall responsibility for one fixed site, one mobile site, and instrument coordination for the ARM Program. Specifically, Doug manages the Southern Great Plaines (SGP) site, the first and largest field measurement site established by the ARM Program. Scientists use SGP data to improve cloud and radiative models and parameterizations and, thereby, the performance of atmospheric general circulation models used for climate research. Doug also oversees the operation of the second ARM Mobile Facility that will be deployed on Gan Island in the Maldives in late 2011. Additionally, Doug manages the instrument mentors that oversee the day-to-day quality of all ARM instrumentation used to provide atmospheric observations.

Before turning to climate change, Doug’s experimental work covered fundamental boundary layer meteorology and micrometeorology, wet and dry removal processes and pollutant transport. His earliest work focused on wind energy. Studies between 1980 and 1990 emphasized the physical and chemical processes that lead to acid precipitation. He was principal author of a cornerstone report: the State of Science Report for the National Acid Precipitation Assessment Program. In 1990, he transitioned from basic research to management of climate facilities for the ARM Program.

Doug has always had a fascination with severe weather. He has participated in hail and lightning research programs and has even chased tornadoes with members of the National Severe Storms Laboratory tornado chase program. Doug frequently lectures on a range of weather and climate topics in educational environments ranging from middle school classrooms to scientific forums to TED talks.


Doug Sisterson at TEDxNaperville

Publications & Patents

  • Authored or co-authored more than 100 research papers, conference proceedings & published reports.