Dr. William R Cotton


Professor Cotton was appointed to the academic faculty at Colorado State University Department of Atmospheric Science in 1974. He assumed the position of an Assistant Professor in the Department where he is now a tenured full Professor. Professor Cotton has been actively involved in observation and computer simulation of cumulus clouds and thunderstorms as well as other intermediate-scale cloud systems. His current interests are largely in the area of observation and modeling of larger clusters of thunderstorms that occur preferentially at night over the central U.S., the simulation of severe thunderstorms including tornadoes and the application of the RAMS cloud model to forecasting agriculture and aviation impact variables. He served as a Meteorologist in the Experimental Meteorology Laboratory, ERL, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration Department of Commerce, and also served as head of the Numerical Simulation Group from 1970-1974. Awards include: the Engineering Dean's Council award for excellence in atmospheric research in 1986, the College of Engineering Abell Faculty Research Graduate Program Support Award in 1991, the CSU Research Foundation Researcher of the Year Award in 1993 and the Pennsylvania State University College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Charles L. Hosler Scholar Medal in 1999. He also served on the National Research Council Panel which prepared the report Rethinking the Ozone Program in Urban and Regional Air Pollution. Dr. Cotton is a fellow of the American Meteorological Society and the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) at Colorado State University. Dr. Cotton has served as an editor for the Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences from 1993-1995 and co-chief editor from 1996-2000. He has published over 120 papers in peer reviewed journals, seven chapters in books, authored one book and co-authored three books.

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