Richard J. Lataitis

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Associate Director


Director's Office




(303) 497-6523


Richard Lataitis joined the NOAA Wave Propagation Laboratory (WPL) as a student in 1979. His early work included the development of theories related to the propagation of electromagnetic and acoustic waves through random media as applied to the remote sensing of the Earth's atmosphere and oceans. In 1993, WPL was rechristened the Environmental Technology Laboratory (ETL) to reflect a broader applied research mission, and Richard's interests turned toward radar scattering theory and signal processing methods related to wind profiler radars, including the Radio Acoustic Sounding System (RASS) measurement of temperature profiles, which formed the basis of his Ph.D. thesis. Richard was appointed Deputy Director of ETL in 2000, and served in a similar capacity through 2015 within the Physical Sciences Laboratory (PSL) of the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratories created in 2005 as part of a broader NOAA Boulder laboratory consolidation. As the current PSL Associate Director, Richard works with the PSL Director, Deputy Director, Senior Scientist and PSL Team Leads to help initiate, coordinate, integrate and execute research activities across PSL.

Research Interests

  • Wave Propagation and Scattering
  • Ground-Based Remote Sensing
  • Radar Meteorology
  • Signal Processing
  • Atmospheric Turbulence


Professional Memberships

Honors and Awards

  • OAR Outstanding Scientific Paper Award (1997)
  • AMS Glossary of Meteorology Editorial Board (1998-2000)