G. Brant Foote

Research Applications Laboratory


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  • Biography

Job Duties

Overall responsibility for all aspects of the Research Applications Program, including interactions with other parts of NCAR, the larger research and development community, and the Program's sponsors.

Professional Interests

Cloud physics, hail research, mesoscale meteorology, radar meteorology, weather modification, aviation weather, short-term forecasting.


B.S., University of Arizona, 1964, Mathematics
M.S., University of Arizona, 1967, Meteorology
Ph.D., University of Arizona, 1971, Atmospheric Sciences .

Selected Publications

Foote, G. B., and R. T. Bruintjes, 2000: Report of the WMO International Workshop on Hygroscopic Seeding: Experimental Results, Physical Processes, and Research Needs. WMP Report No. 34, WMO/TD No. 1006, World Meteorological Organization, Geneva, 60 pp.

Wilson, J. W., G. B. Foote, N. A. Crook, J. C. Fankhauser, C. G. Wade, J. D. Tuttle, C. K. Mueller, 1992: The role of boundary layer convergence zones and horizontal rolls in the initiation of thunderstorms: a case study. Mon. Wea. Rev., 120, 1785--1815.

Miller, L. J., J. D. Tuttle, and G. B. Foote, 1990: Precipitation production in a large Montana hailstorm: airflow and particle growth trajectories. J. Atmos. Sci., 47, 1619--1646.

Tuttle, J. D., and G. B. Foote, 1990: Determination of boundary layer airflow from a single Doppler radar. J. Atmos. Oceanic Tech., 7, 218--232.

Foote, G. B., 1985: Aspects of cumulonimbus classification relevant to the hail problem. J. Rech. Atmos., 19, 61--74.

Foote, G. B., 1984: A study of hail growth utilizing observed storm conditions. J. Climate Appl. Meteor., 23, 84--101.

Foote received the PhD degree in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Arizona, and in 1970 began a Postdoctoral Fellowship to the Advanced Study Program of the National Center for Atmospheric Research. He has held a variety of positions in research and management at NCAR since that time, including appointment to the position of Senior Scientist in 1982, and Manager of the Field Observing Facility in 1986-87. From 1994 to 2004 Foote was the Director of the Research Applications Program (RAP), a division of NCAR dealing with directed research and technology transfer, with an emphasis on applications to transportation, national security, and water resources. In 2004, Foote was appointed NCAR Associate Director and the previous RAP became the Research Applications Laboratory, which he continues to lead. Foote has published over 100 papers in the fields of cloud physics, radar meteorology, hail and severe storms, weather modification, aviation meteorology, and mesoscale meteorology. He has been a leader in the organization and conduct of large field programs such a the National Hail Research Experiment, the Cooperative Convective Precipitation Experiment, the Convective Initiation and Downburst Experiment, the Convection and Precipitation/Electrification Experiment, the Lantau Island Experiment in Hong Kong, and several other international programs. He has been active in national and international meetings, and has lectured extensively abroad. He has served on several standing committees of the American Meteorological Society, as well as academic thesis committees and National Academy of Science committees, and served as chairman of several expert workshops for the World Meteorological Organization. He has served on advisory boards and review committees for the United States and foreign governments, and has served on numerous occasions as a consultant to foreign governments. He was for eight years a member of the Executive Committee of the International Commission on Cloud Physics of the International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences. From 1985 to 1994 he was Editor of the Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences. During the winter of 2000/2001 he was Visiting Professor at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo in Mendoza, Argentina.