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Tami Toto

Applications Engineer

Toto's activities focus on data analysis and software development for the FAst-physics System TEstbed & Research (FASTER) Project. The multi-institutional project aims to evaluate and improve parameterizations of fast processes (those involving clouds, precipitation, and aerosols) in global climate models using a combination of observations and simulations from numerical prediction models, single-column models, cloud-resolving models, large-eddy simulations, and full global climate models. Data analyses involve diverse measurements that emphasize ARM remote sensing and in situ data, which are augmented with observations from other surface monitoring networks and satellites. Toto’s work in the FASTER Data Analysis and Integration Team involves providing data analysis, producing quality controlled and value added data products that fill important gaps, and developing data visualization tools that facilitate FASTER testbed and model evaluation.


  • Dowling College, B.A., Natural Science and Mathematics (summa cum laude)


  • Applications Engineer, Environmental & Climate Sciences Department, Brookhaven National Laboratory, June 2012 - present
  • Senior Applications Analyst, Environmental & Climate Sciences Department, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Oct 2009 - May 2012
  • Custom Software Development, Integrated Data Services, Inc., 1995 - 2009

Publications (since 2011)

Wu, W., Liu, Y., Jensen, M. P., Toto, T., Foster, M. J., and Long, C. N. A comparison of multiscale variations of decade-long cloud fractions from six different platforms over the Southern Great Plains in the United States. J. Geophys. Res., accepted (2014).

de Boer, G., Bauer, S. E., Toto, T., Menon, S., and Vogelmann, A. M.  Evaluation of aerosol-cloud interaction in the GISS ModelE using ARM observations.  J. Geophys. Res. - Atmos. 118, 1-13, doi:10.1002/jgrd.50460 (2013).

Vogelmann, A. M., McFarquhar, G. M., Ogren, J. A., Turner, D. D., Comstock, J. M., Feingold, G., Long, C. N., Jonsson, H. H., Bucholtz, A., Collins, D. R., Diskin, G. S., Gerber, H., Lawson, R. P., Woods, R. K., Andrews, E., Yang, H.-J., Chiu, J. C., Hartsock, D., Hubbe, J. M., Lo, C., Marshak, A., Monroe, J. W., McFarlane, S. A., Schmid, B., Tomlinson, J. M., and Toto, T. RACORO extended-term, aircraft observations of boundary-layer clouds. Bull. Amer. Meteorol. Soc. 93, 861-878, doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-11-00189.1 (2012).

Liu, Y., W. Wu, M. P. Jensen, and T. Toto.  Relationship between cloud radiative forcing, cloud fraction and cloud albedo, and new surface-based approach for determining cloud albedo, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11, 7155-7170, doi:10.5194/acp-11-7155-2011 (2011).