PSD Staff List  »  Laura Bianco
Laura Bianco – Research Scientist
Image of Laura Bianco
Boundary Layer Observations and Process Team
Affiliation: CIRES
Phone: (303) 497-6520
Mailing Address:
NOAA/ESRL Physical Sciences Division
325 Broadway
Boulder, CO 80305

Fax: (303) 497-6181


Dr. Bianco is a researcher in the field of remote sensing of the atmospheric boundary layer. The boundary layer is the turbulent layer closest to the Earth's surface, and knowledge of its depth and structure is essential for improving meteorological forecasts. In particular, knowledge of the boundary layer is important for accurate forecasting in weather and climate models; for real-time forecasting of dispersion of hazardous materials, and of wind for renewable energy; and for predicting ozone and particulate matter concentrations in air quality forecast models.
Dr. Bianco has expanded her research to investigate boundary layer processes in hurricanes. In particular, she has undertaken a study of the effects that sea-spray droplets have in controlling the maximum intensity that hurricanes reach. Hurricanes are essentially heat engines that are driven by the transfer of heat energy from the warm ocean to the cooler atmosphere, and Dr. Bianco's work in this field is aimed to demonstrate the importance of sea-spray droplets in transferring this energy.
Most recently Dr. Bianco is focusing on improving wind forecasts for wind energy purposes. In particular in 2011-2013 she was involved with the Wind Forecast Improvement Project (WFIP), a Department of Energy (DOE) funded project aimed to improve the short term forecast at hub height and she will be involved starting from summer 2015 in the DOE funded WFIP2 project aimed to improve models' parameterizations in complex terrain.


  • Ph.D., Atmospheric Science, University of L'Aquila, Italy, Feb 2002
  • M.S., Physics, University of L'Aquila, Italy, Jul 1998

Research Interests

  • Boundary-layer meteorology
  • Remote sensing of the atmosphere
  • Radar wind profiler signal processing
  • Air-sea interaction & Hurricane modeling
  • Renewable energy

Professional Memberships

  • American Meteorological Society