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Dr. Don T. Conlee
Don T. Conlee
(979) 845-5099
(979) 862-4466
Eller O&M 1208B
Texas A&M University
O&M Building, Room 1208B
Department of Atmospheric Sciences
MS 3150
College Station, Texas 77843


Ph.D. Meteorology, Texas A&M University, 1994

M.S. Meteorology and Physical Oceanography, Naval Postgraduate School, With Distinction, 1991

B.S. Atmospheric Sciences, University of Louisiana, Monroe, Summa Cum Laude, 1983


Don T. Conlee

Instructional Professor

Research Interests

Real-World Meteorology including forecasting and provision of weather services and products.  Meteorological and Oceanographic in-situ instrumentation.  Operationalization of in-situ instruments for climate monitoring including pCO2, radiation and low-maintenance salinity. Calibration/Validation of satellite sensors by in-situ instrumentation. Calibration/Validation of indirect sensing technologies such as acoustic Doppler current profilers. Boundary Layer atmospheric profiling from moored and coastal platforms.

Selected Publications

  • Conlee, Don T. 2005. Real-Time Oil Platform Ocean Current Data in the Gulf of Mexico. AGU Eos Trans. 86(18). Jt. Assem. Suppl., Abstract OS32A-04.
  • Conlee, Don T. 2001. Satellite Data Utilization by U.S. Navy Meteorology and Oceanography. Invited Paper. Eleventh Conference on Satellite Meteorology and Oceanography.
  • Rigney, J.P., Bouchard, R., Diamond C., Berkshire, D., L'Heureux D., Conlee D. T., Colton M. 1997. Oceanography from Space in Support of Naval Operations. Marine Technology Society Journal.
  • Conlee, Don T. and Marie Colton. 1996. Microwave Remote Sensing Primer. Commander Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command News.
  • Conlee, Don T. 1994. Meteorological Information Content and Non-Profiling Applications of the SSM/T-2.Doctoral Dissertation, Texas A&M University.
  • Conlee, Don T. 1991. Satellite image display and processing with microcomputers: a proof-of-concept for the Navy Oceanographical Data Distribution System (NODDS). Master's Thesis, Naval Postgraduate School. (Actual code implemented into operational system in 1992)

Additional Information


  • 2007-2008 - Gulf Region Manager, NortekUSA, Stennis Space Center, Mississippi
  • 2003-2007 - Chief Scientist, National Data Buoy Center, Stennis Space Center, Mississippi
  • 2001-2003 - Commanding Officer, Naval Technical Training Unit, Keesler AFB, Mississippi
  • 1999-2001 - Director of Remote Sensing Programs and Fleet Systems Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, Stennis Space Center, Mississippi
  • 1997-1999 - Meteorology, Oceanography, and Strike Warfare Officer, U.S. Navy, Enterprise Battle Group Staff
  • 1994-1997 - Satellite and Environmental Data Department Head, Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center, Monterey, California
  • 1987-1989 - Meteorologist, USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2)
  • 1983-1986 - NWP Quality Control/Project Development Officer, Fleet Numerical Oceanography Center, Monterey, California
  • 1979-1982 - Observer/Meteorological Technician, National Weather Service, Agricultural Weather Service Center, Stoneville, Mississippi

Selected Presentations and Extended Abstracts

  • A Low-cost Electronic Chart Wall for Undergraduate Program Enhancement .  Joint Session: 19th Symposium on Education and 26th Conference on Interactive Information and Processing Systems (IIPS) for Meteorology, Oceanography, and Hydrology, American Meteorological Society, 2010.

  • Performance of a Subsurface Buoy for Directional Wave Measurements. ONR/MTS Buoy Workshop. March 2008.

  • National Data Buoy Center Observations Supporting PIRATA (NOSP). NOAA Office of Climate Observation Annual Review, 2006.
  • The HF Radar National Server and Architecture Project. 11th Symposium on Integrated Observing and Assimilation Systems for the Atmosphere, Oceans, and Land Surface (IOAS-AOLS). American Meteorological Society 2007.
  • IOOS Backbone Expansion Efforts by NOAA's National Data Buoy Center. 10th Symposium on Integrated Observing and Assimilation Systems for the Atmosphere, Oceans, and Land Surface (IOAS-AOLS). American Meteorological Society 2006.
  • The NWS Marine Observation Network: Coastal Marine Component of Multiple Observing Systems. Ninth Symposium on Integrated Observing and Assimilation Systems for the Atmosphere, Oceans, and Land Surface (IOAS-AOLS). American Meteorological Society 2005.
  • Revolutionizing Naval Meteorology Training. Twelfth Symposium on Education. American Meteorological Society 2003.
  • Information Content and Non-Profiling Applications of the SSM/T-2. Seventh Conference on Satellite Meteorology and Oceanography 1994.


  • American Meteorological Society
  • American Geophysical Union
  • Marine Technology Society
  • American Shore and Beach Preservation Association
  • Naval Weather Service Association Lifetime Member
  • Gulf Coast Ocean Observing System (GCOOS) Observing Systems Committee (2006-2009)
  • CARO-COOPS and CORMP (Academic observation network operators) Science Advisory Boards (2006)
  • Former Goal Team member of the GOES-R Cal/Val steering group
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