Nathaniel Winstead, Adjunct Faculty

Nathaniel “Pete” Winstead, PhD, is a Principal Staff Meteorologist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL). Dr. Winstead has worked at the Laboratory for 14 years and contributes to a wide variety of projects that involve the analysis of environmental data. His primary research foci include numerical weather prediction, atmospheric remote sensing, weather forecasting and oceanography. Some examples of the specific types of projects he has worked on include his role as a co-inventor of the Dust Transport Application (DTA, the operational mesoscale dust forecasting model used by the Air Force in both Iraq and Afghanistan) and he has authored or co-authored numerous journal papers on mesoscale meteorological applications of high-resolution wind speed estimates from Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR).

Dr. Winstead obtained his MS and PhD in Meteorology from the Pennsylvania State University in 1995 and 1999, respectively. He earned a BS in Mathematics from Duke University. He has been teaching in the Environmental Sciences and Policy program (Advanced Academic Programs, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences) since 2005 and in the Applied Physics Program (Engineering for Professionals, Whiting School of Engineering) since 2007.

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He teaches Oceanic & Atmospheric Processes.