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Marcia Politovich


AAP Deputy Director
Aviation Applications Program (AAP)

Job Duties

Lead the FAA's Aviation Weather Research Program, coordinate inflight icing studies at RAP, conduct research into icing environmental characterization, detection, and forecasting, development of forecaster training materials on aircraft icing. Serve as in situ instrumentation editor for the Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology.

Professional Interests

Cloud physics, aviation weather, winter storms, inflight icing detection and forecasting, remote sensing and in situ instrumentation.


B.S., University of Arizona, 1976, Physics
M.S., University of Washington, 1978, Atmospheric Science
Ph.D., University of Wyoming, 1986, Atmospheric Science


Politovich, M.K., 2000: Predicting glaze or rime ice growth on airfoils. J. Aircraft, 37, 117-121.

Martner, B.E. and M.K. Politovich, 1999: Five-day temperature forecasts from Denver television stations and newspapers. National Weather Digest, 23, 9-19.

Vivekanandan, J., B. Martner, M.K. Politovich and G. Zhang, 1999: Retrieval of atmospheric liquid and ice characteristics using dual-wavelength radar observations. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 37, 2325-2334.

Bernstein, B.C., T.A. Omeron, F. McDonough and M.K. Politovich, 1997: The relationship between aircraft icing and synoptic-scale weather conditions. Weather and Forecasting. 12, 742-762.

Politovich, M.K., 1996: Response of a research aircraft to icing conditions and evaluation of icing severity indices. J. Aircraft, 33, 291 - 297.

Politovich, M.K. and B.C. Bernstein, 1995: Production and depletion of supercooled liquid water in a Colorado winter storm. J. Appl. Meteor., 34, 2631-2648.

Politovich, M.K., B.B. Stankov and B.E. Martner, 1995: Determination of liquid water altitudes using combined remote sensors. J. Appl. Meteor., 34, 2060-2075.

Schultz, P. and M.K. Politovich, 1992: Toward the improvement of aircraft icing forecasts for the continental United States. Wea. and Forecasting, 7, 491-500.

Politovich, M.K., 1989: Aircraft icing caused by large supercooled droplets. J. Appl. Meteor., 28, 856-868.

Sand, W.R., W.A. Cooper and M.K. Politovich, 1984: Effects of icing on performance of a research airplane. J. Aircraft, 21, 708-715.

Three COMET modules on the Meted web site, NWS Forecasters' Professional Development Series on Aviation Weather Forecasting:







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