Environmental Science Division (EVS) a Division of Argonne National Laboratory
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Michael Ritsche
Meteorology Specialist
Mobile Observatory Operations Team
M.S., Geography, Northern Illinois University, 2001
Current Role
Meteorology Specialist, Atmospheric Science and Climate Research; technical operations manager of the DOE second Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Mobile Facility (AMF2), with responsibility for management and oversight.
Applied climatology and related studies; remote sensing in studies of surface-boundary layer energy exchange, turbulence, and diffusion.
Career Highlights
  • AMF2 technical operations manager: Responsible for ARM’s $10 million mobile climate observatory and instrumentation during deployments in Colorado and the Maldives; preparing for shipboard deployment on the Horizon Spirit.
  • ARM surface meteorology mentor: Responsible for ARM surface meteorological networks; co-mentor of the balloon-borne sounding system as a member of the ARM instrument team.
  • GIS technician: Developed enterprise geographic information system for DeKalb County, Illinois, by using MGE and Microstation; assisted in migration from a cadastral environment to GeoMedia Professional.
  • Weather specialist, U.S. Air Force: Observed, encoded, and disseminated visually and electronically measured weather variables; highest rank obtained: E-4/Sergeant.