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Dr. Tim Logan
Timothy Logan
(979) 845-2004
Eller O&M 1009A

Texas A&M University O&M Building
Room 1009A MS 3150 
College Station, Texas 77843






2015: TAMU Atmospheric Science Department Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award

2015: Hubei Province, China Scientific Paper Award “Mao, F., W. Gong, and T. Logan (2013), Linear Segmentation Algorithm for Detecting Layer Boundary with LIDAR, Optics Express, 21(22), doi:10.1364/oe.21.026876.”

2014: American Meteorological Society Best Student Poster Award

2011: National Science Foundation East Asian and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) in China Fellowship

2009: North Dakota Space Grant Consortium Fellowship


ATMO 201: Weather & Climate

ATMO 291, ATMO 484, and ATMO 491: Undergraduate and graduate interdisciplinary research


Houston Lightning Mapping Array Network


Texas A&M University Micropulse LIDAR

Timothy Logan

Assistant Professor
Director of the Houston Lightning Mapping Array Network

Research Interests

My current research deals with aerosol impacts on low-level cloud development which is funded by a NSF Grant (2017-2020). As part of the grant, I develop micro-gadgets capable of measuring temperature, pressure, and aerosol optical depth. As part of the Texas A&M University Tier One Proposal (TOPS) grant (2018-2021), I study aerosol impacts on boundary layer clouds using a portable micropulse LIDAR.

My primary research goals are to (1) improve upon earlier aerosol classification methods by using theoretical radiative transfer calculations and in situ measurements (e.g., laser spectroscopy), (2) analyze the long-term aerosol impacts on low-level and deep convective cloud development, and (3) discern the possible impacts of biomass burning smoke aerosols on severe weather and lightning. As part of this effort, I develop and test portable Arduino-based meteorological instruments and sferics detectors for undergraduate STEM research projects.

Selected Publications

Logan, T., B. Xi, X. Dong, R. Obrecht, Z. Li, and M. Cribb (2010), A Study of Asian Dust Plumes Using Satellite, Surface, and Aircraft Measurements during the INTEX-B Field Experiment, J. Geophy. Res., 115, D00K25, doi:10.1029/2010JD014134.

Logan, T., B. Xi, X. Dong, Z. Li, and M. Cribb (2013), Classification and Investigation of Asian Aerosol Properties, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 13, 2253-2265,

Logan, T., B. Xi, and X. Dong (2013), A Comparison of the Mineral Dust Absorptive Properties from Two Asian Dust Events, Atmosphere, 4(1), 1-16; doi:10.3390/atmos4010001.

Logan, T., B. Xi, and X. Dong (2013), Biomass Burning Aerosol Properties over the Northern Great Plains during the 2012 Warm Season, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 13, 32269–32289,

Mao, F., W. Gong, and T. Logan (2013), Linear Segmentation Algorithm for Detecting Layer Boundary with LIDAR, Optics Express, 21(22), doi:10.1364/oe.21.026876.

Logan, T., B. Xi, and X. Dong (2014), Aerosol properties and their influences on marine boundary layer cloud condensation nuclei at the ARM mobile facility over the Azores, J. Geophys. Res., 119, doi:10.1002/2013JD021288.

Wang W., L. Sheng, X. Dong, W. Qu, J. Sun, H. Jin, and T. Logan (2016), Dust aerosol impact on the retrieval of cloud top height from satellite observations of CALIPSO, CloudSat and MODIS. J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer,

Tian P., X. Cao, L. Zhang, N. Sun, L. Sun, T. Logan, J. Shi, Y. Wang, Y. Ji, Y. Lin, Z. Huang, T. Zhou, Y. Shi, and R. Zhang (2017), Seasonal and spatial variations in aerosol vertical distribution and optical properties over China from long-term satellite and ground-based remote sensing. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 2509-2523,

Logan, T., X. Dong, and B. Xi (2018), Aerosol properties and their impacts on surface CCN at the ARM Southern Great Plains site during the 2011 Midlatitude Continental Convective Clouds Experiment. Adv. Atmos. Sci., 35(2), 224–233,

Logan, T. (2018), Anomalous Lightning Behavior during the 26-27 August 2007 Northern Great Plains Severe Weather Event. J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 123,

Li, R., G. Tang, J. Ding, T. Logan, S. D. Brooks, D. R. Collins, P. Yang and G. W. Kattawar (2018), Laboratory measurements of light scattering properties of kaolinite dust at 532 nm, Aerosol Sci. Tech., doi:10.1080/02786826.2018.1444729, 1-13.

Bowen P., Y. Wang, J. Hu, Y. Lin, J.-S. Hsieh, T. Logan, X. Feng, J. H. Jiang, Y. Yung, and R. Zhang, (2018), Impacts of Saharan Dust on Regional Climate and Tropical Cyclogenesis over the Atlantic, J. Clim.,

Pan Z., F. Mao, W. Wang, T. Logan, J. Hong (2018), Examining Intrinsic Aerosol-Cloud Interactions in South Asia through Multiple Satellite Observations, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 123,, 1-15.

Additional Information

Lightning Safety Story – The Eagle (Bryan, TX)


Saharan Dust Story – The Star-Telegram (Fort Worth, TX)


Why You Can Smell Rain

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