Richard H. Johnson - Emeritus Professor
- Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science - 1975 - University of Washington - Seattle, WA
- M.S. in Geophysical Sciences - 1969 - University of Chicago - Chicago, IL
- B.S. in Physics - 1967 - Oregon State University - Corvallis, OR
Professor Johnson joined the CSU Department of Atmospheric Science in 1980 after completing a year and a half at the National Hurricane Research Laboratory and two years as a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He also was a Typhoon Duty Officer with the U.S. Navy on Guam between the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. He served as a lead scientist in the TOGA-COARE, SCSMEX, NAME, and DYNAMO field expeditions. He served as head of the department from 2007 to 2011 and became professor emeritus in 2015. While no longer teaching in the department, he continues to conduct research on a wide range of topics related to weather and climate.
Professor Johnson's research group is engaged in studies of atmospheric convection and mesoscale dynamical processes in both the tropics and midlatitudes, including the interaction of convection with the planetary boundary layer.
A major focus of our current work involves tropical and monsoon weather and climate systems of the world. In recent years, his research group participated in the 2011-12 DYNamics of the MjO experiment (DYNAMO), and is now using data from that campaign to study the initiation of the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO) as well as tropical cyclogenesis over the Indian Ocean. In addition, we are investigating the nature of convective systems over West Africa and their role in the dynamics of African Easterly Waves.
- National Science Foundation
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Awards, Honors, and Positions
- TOGA-COARE,SCSMEX, NAME, DYNAMO Field Experiments - Lead Scientist
- Journal of Atmospheric Science - Co-Chief Editor (1986-1989)
- UCAR Board of Trustees (1992-1997)
- CLIVAR SSC - Panel Member (2003-2005)
- American Meteorological Society (AMS) – Fellow (1994)
- USWRP - Science Advisory Committee (1995-1996)
- NAME - Scientific Working Group (2003-2006)
- National Science Foundation - Special Creativity Award (2003)
- Head, Department of Atmospheric Science (2007-2011)
- American Meteorlogical Society Council Member (2012-2014)
- American Meteorological Society Verner E. Suomi Award (2013)