Richard T. Mcnider, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor,
Atmospheric and Earth Science


320 Sparkman Drive
Cramer Research Hall
Room 3051
Huntsville, AL 35899
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Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., University of Virginia Environmental Science, 1981
  • M.S., Florida State University, Meteorology, 1972
  • B.S., University of Alabama, Mathematics, 1970


  • Fellow of the American Meteorological Society

Recent Publications

  • McNider, R.T., Handyside, C., Doty, K., Ellenburg, W.L., Cruise, J.F., Christy, J.R., Moss, D., Sharda, V., Hoogenboom, G. and Caldwell, P., 2015. An integrated crop and hydrologic modeling system to estimate hydrologic impacts of crop irrigation demands. Environmental Modelling & Software, 72, pp.341-355.

  • McNider, R. T., G. J. Steeneveld, A. A. M. Holtslag, R. A. Pielke Sr., S. Mackaro, A. Pour-Biazar, J. Walters, U. Nair,and J. Christy (2012), Response and sensitivity of the nocturnal boundary layer over land to added longwave radiative forcing, J. Geophys. Res., 117, D14106, doi:10.1029/2012JD017578.

  • Walters, J. ,R.McNider, X. Shi, B.Norris, and J. Christy. Positive temperature feedback in the stable boundary layer. Geophys. Res. Let., vol. 34, L12709, doi:10.1029/2007GL029505, 2007

  • Shi, X., McNider, R. T., D. E. England, M. J. Friedman, W. Lapenta, and W. B. Norris, 2005: On the behavior of the stable boundary layer and role of initial conditions, Pure Appl. Geophys., 162, 1811-1829.

  • McNider, R. T., W.M. Lapenta, A. Biazar, G. Jedlovec, R. Suggs, and J. Pleim, 2005: Retrieval of grid scale heat capacity using geostationary satellite products: Part I: Case-study application, J. Appl. Meteor., 88, 1346-1360

  • McNider, R. T., W. Norris, A. Song, R. Clymer, S. Gupta, R. M. Banta, R. J. Zamora, A. B. White, and M. Trainer: Meteorological conditions during the 1995 Southern Oxidants Study Nashville/Middle Tennessee Field Intensive. Jrnl. Geophysical Res., Vol. 103, 22,225-22,243, 1998.

  • McNider, R. T., X. Shi, M. Friedman, and D. E. England,1995: On the predictability of the stable atmospheric boundary layer, J. Atmos. Sci., 52, 1602-1614.

  • McNider, R. and R. Pielke - Diurnal boundary layer development over sloping terrain. Journal Atmospheric Sciences, Vol. 38, pp. 2198-2212, October 1981.

  • R.T. McNider, M. Moran and R. Pielke, 1988 Influence of Diurnal and Inertial Boundary Layer Oscillations on Long-Range Dispersion. Atmospheric Environment, Vol. 22, pp. 2445-2462, November 1988.

  • R. T. McNider, A. J. Song, D. Casey, P. J. Wetzel, W. Crosson, and R. M. Rabin 1994: Toward a Dynamic-Thermodynamic Assimilation of Satellite Surface Temperature in Numerical Atmospheric Models. Monthly Weather Review, Vol. 122, pp. 2784-2803, 1994.