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I am a PhD student @ University of Miami

studying Air Sea Physics & Remote Sensing

with a B.S. in Meteorology

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About Me

Hello, I'm Sam

Air-Sea Physics PhD

University of Miami

Resume

My Resume

Education

  • Meteorology B.S. Penn State
    2011-2015
  • Marine Physics PhD University of Miami
    Current

    Department of Ocean Sciences

    Air Sea Interaction/Remote Sensing Lab

Publications

  • S. Ballard, H. Graber and M. Caruso, "Coastal surface wind measurements derived from SAR" IEEE 2017
  • S. Ballard, H. Graber, M. Caruso and R. Romeiser “Comparison of X-Band SAR and COAMPS Model Wind Fields and Other Air Sea Interaction Parameters in Monterey Bay" IEEE 2018
  • S. Ballard, H. Graber, N. Laxague, M. Caruso and R. Romeiser “Exploring the Relationship Between SAR-Derived Wind Speeds and Surface Roughness Length Over the Ocean through Wavelet Analysis" IEEE 2019
  • S. Ballard, H. Graber, N. Laxague, M. Caruso and R. Romeiser “Advanced Extraction of Turbulent Scales for a New Technique Quantifying Air Sea Interaction Parameters” In Prep
  • S. Ballard, H. Graber, D. Flagg, M. Caruso and R. Romeiser “Quantitative Inter-Comparison of SAR and COAMPS Model-Derived Air Sea Momentum Parameters” In Prep
  • S. Ballard, C. Fussell, E. Warren “Vegetation Predation, a High Dunes vs. Berm Sea Turtle Nest Case Study: Exploring the Climatological and Topographic Effects on Nest Incubation Times in Miami Dade County, FL” In Prep
  • S. Ballard, X. Hao, H. Graber, M. Caruso and R. Romeiser “LES Modeling of 3-D Winds Using Synthetic Aperture Radar Surface Roughness Variations” In Prep

Experience

  • Doctoral Research Assistant
    University of Miami
  • Coastal Land Air Sea Interaction Field Experiment
    Monterey Bay, CA
  • Sea Turtle Researcher/Surveyor
    Miami, FL
  • NASA Goddard Intern
    Greenbelt, MD
  • Flow Encountering Abrupt Topography Experiment
    Koror, Palau
  • NOAA National Weather Service Intern
    State College, PA
  • University of Colorado Boulder/ SouthWest Research Institute Space Weather Intern
    Boulder, CO
  • Fox 45 News Meteorology Intern
    Baltimore, MD
MATLAB
95%
PYTHON
90%
FORTRAN
75%
IDL
80%

Research

My Research

Research Interests/Projects

LAND AIR-SEA PHYSICS

Satellite-derived Air Sea Parameter Algorithm, Turbulence, Wind-Wave Interactions, Coastal and Boundary Layer Processes

DATA SCIENCE/PROGRAMMING

Machine Learning, Image and Signal Processing, Modeling, Algorithm Development

WAVES

Oceanic (gravity, internal, capillary, Bragg) and Atmospheric (gravity, orthographic-lee, Rossby)

WEATHER/CLIMATE FORECASTING

Hurricane, Winter Weather, Marine and Other Short-Term Forecasts

REMOTE SENSING/SATELLITES

Passive and Active, Radar, Synthetic Aperture Radar, Airborne, Spaceborne, Land and Ship-based

WIND

Surface, Coastal and 3D Winds, Preliminary P-Band SAR Wind Retrieval Algorithm Using NASA's EcoSAR, LES and Coupled Ocean-Atmosphere Modeling

SPACE WEATHER

Autonomical Coronal Mass Ejection Detection Algorithm, Inter-planetary

CLOUDS

Classification, Radiative Feedbacks, Lenticular and Other Orographically Forced Clouds,

SEA TURTLES

Climatological and Topographic Effects on Sea Turtle Nests, High Dunes/Vegetation Nests

INSTRUMENTATION

At-Home Weather Station, Nautical Radar, Temperature, Humidity and Pressure Sensors, Ultra-Sonic Anemometers, Buoys, Satellites, SAR, Hypsometer, Lasers, Radiosondes, XBTs, PIES, CTDs, Moorings, Tidal Stations

SCI COMM/OUTREACH

Weather and Marine Forecasting, Coding Tutorials, Social Media Blogs/Videos, Mentoring, IMPACT Program Lab Coach for Underrepresented Students, Beach Cleanups, Sea Turtle Beach Surveys, Local Shelters

HOBBIES

Rollerskating, Forecasting, Graphic Design, Cloud-Classification, Paddleboarding/Watersports, Yoga/Pilates

Portfolio

Portfolio/Blog

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Instrumentation/Remote Sensing
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Wave Tank
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Computer Programming
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Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (RSMAS) at University of Miami
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Research Cruises/Field Work
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Center for Southeastern Tropical Remote Sensing (CSTARS)
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