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Doug Sisterson

Doug Sisterson

Doug Sisterson is currently the Instrument Operations Manager for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science’s Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility ( and one of the founding members since its inception in 1990. The ARM Facility a national scientific user facility and is the largest federally sponsored climate change research program in DOE.  The ARM Facility provides the world’s most comprehensive 24/7 observational capabilities for obtaining atmospheric data specifically for climate change research.  He currently has the overall responsibility for instruments and data quality management coordination for the ARM Facility.

Before turning to climate change, Doug’s experimental work covered fundamental boundary layer meteorology and micrometeorology, wet and dry removal processes and pollutant transport in 1975-1980. His earliest work focused on wind energy. Studies between 1980 and 1990 emphasized the physical and chemical processes (including atmospheric lightning) 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 on 1990.  He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and conference papers and technical reports.

Doug frequently presents (more than 500 presentations since 1995) on a range of weather and climate topics in educational and public outreach environments ranging from middle school university and graduate school classrooms, to businesses, to scientific forums, to TED talks.  He has done several recent radio and TV interviews about weather and climate, and is a co-author of a popular book (Darling and Sisterson 2014:  How to Change Minds About Our Changing Climate) intended for general audiences debunking climate myths (that climate change is not real) using science-based evidence.  The book was one of five finalist for Green Category for the Multiple Sclerosis Books For a Better Life Awards in 2015.

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