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Edward Luke

Senior Applications Engineer


  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, B.S., Electrical Engineering


  • American Geophysical Union

Areas of Interest

  • Remote sensing of the atmosphere
  • Cloud property retrieval algorithms
  • Computational intelligence
  • Pattern recognition
  • Data fusion
  • Radar meteorology
  • Climate modeling
  • Parallel/GPU computing


  • Developed a range of novel techniques for observing the microphysics and dynamics of clouds and precipitation using millimeter wavelength radars, particularly their Doppler spectra, with an emphasis on improving our detailed observational capabilities of cloud-precipitation mixtures and the formation of precipitation within cloud, including drizzling stratocumulus and Arctic mixed-phase clouds.
  • Created algorithms for the classification of cloud types and precipitation regimes based on analysis of texture features in satellite multichannel infrared images
  • Developer of the ARM program's MicroARSCL microphysics oriented value added product
  • Senior level developer of parallel real-time embedded signal processing software for the US Navy APS-147 airborne inverse synthetic aperture maritime surveillance radar
  • Principal inventor of patented machine vision technology (US patent 5,483,603) licensed globally to electronics manufacturers for quality control of high density circuit boards

Selected Publications (since 2007)

Rémillard, J., Fridlind, A. M., Ackerman, A. S., Tselioudis, G., Kollias, P., Mechem, D. B., Chandler, H. E., Luke, E., Wood, R., Witte, M. K., Chuang, P. Y., and Ayers, J. K. Use of cloud radar Doppler spectra to evaluate stratocumulus drizzle size distributions in large-eddy simulations with size-resolved microphysics. J. Applied Meteorol. Clim., accepted (2017).

Mohrmann, J., Wood, R., McGibbon, J., Eastman, R., and Luke, E. Drivers of seasonal variability in marine boundary layer aerosol number concentration investigated using a steady-state approach. J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., accepted, doi:10.1002/2017JD027443 (2017).

Riihimaki, L. D., Comstock, J. M., Luke, E., Thorsen, T. J., and Fu, Q. A case study of microphysical structures and hydrometeor phase in convection using radar Doppler spectra at Darwin, Australia. Geophys. Res. Lettrs 44, 7519-7527, doi:10.1002/2017GL074187 (2017).

Tridon, F., Battaglia, A., Luke, E., and Kollias, P. Rain retrieval from dual-frequency radar Doppler spectra: validation and potential for a midlatitude precipitating case-study. Q. J. Royal Meteorol. Soc. 143, 1364-1380, doi:10.1002/qj.3010 (2017).

Kalesse, H., de Boer, G., Solomon, A., Oue, M., Ahlgrimm, M., Zhang, D., Shupe, M. D., Luke, E., and Protat, A. Understanding rapid changes in phase partitioning between cloud liquid and ice in stratiform mixed-phase clouds: An Arctic Case Study. Mon. Wea. Rev. 144, 4805-4826, doi:10.1175/MWR-D-16-0155.1 (2016).

Borque, P., Luke, E., and Kollias, P. On the unified estimation of turbulence eddy dissipation rate using Doppler cloud radars and lidars. J. Geophys. Res. Atmos. 121, 5972-5989, doi:10.1002/2015JD024543 (2016).

Kalesse, H., Szyrmer, W., Kneifel, S., Kollias, P., and Luke, E. Fingerprints of a riming event on cloud radar Doppler spectra: observations and modeling. Atmos. Chem. Phys. 16, 2997-3012, doi:10.5194/acp-16-2997-2016 (2016).

Riihimaki, L. D., Comstock, J. M., Anderson, K. K., Holmes, A., and Luke, E. A path towards uncertainty assignment in an operational cloud-phase algorithm from ARM vertically pointing active sensors. Adv. Stat. Clim. Meteorol. Oceanogr. 2, 49-62, doi:10.5194/ascmo-2-49-2016 (2016).

Wood, R., Wyant, M., Bretherton, C. S., Rémillard, J., Kollias, P., Fletcher, J., Stemmler, J., deSzoeke, S., Yuter, S., Miller, M., Mechem, D., Tselioudis, G., Chiu, C., Mann, J., O'Connor, E., Hogan, R., Dong, X., Miller, M., Ghate, V., Jefferson, A., Min, Q., Minnis, P., Palinkonda, R., Albrecht, B., Luke, E., Hannay, C., and Lin, Y. Clouds, Aerosol, and Precipitation in the Marine Boundary Layer: An ARM Mobile Facility Deployment. Bull. Amer. Meteorol. Soc. 96, 419-440, doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-13-00180.1 (2015).

Luke, E. P. and Kollias, P.  Separating Cloud and Drizzle Radar Moments during Precipitation Onset using Doppler Spectra.  J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol. 30, 1656-1671, doi:10.1175/JTECH-D-11-00195.1 (2013).

Tridon, F., Battaglia, A., Kollias, P., Luke, E., and Williams, C. R.  Signal Post-processing and Reflectivity Calibration of the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Program 915 MHz Wind Profilers.  J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol. 30, 1038-1054, doi:10.1175/JTECH-D-12-00146.1 (2013).

Van Weverberg, K., Vogelmann, A. M., Lin, W., Luke, E. P., Cialella, A., Minnis, P., Khaiyer, M., Boer, E. R., and Jensen, M. P.  The Role of Cloud Microphysics Parameterization in the Simulation of Mesoscale Convective Systems and Anvil Clouds in the Tropical Western Pacific. J. Atmos. Sci. 70, 1104-1128, doi:10.1175/JAS-D-12-0104.1 (2013).

Remillard, J., Kollias, P., Luke, E., and Wood, R.  Marine Boundary Layer Cloud Observations in the Azores.  J. Clim. 25, 7381-7398, doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-11-00610.1 (2012).

Giangrande, S. E., E. P. Luke, P. Kollias,  Characterization of Vertical Velocity and Drop Size Distribution Parameters in Widespread Precipitation at ARM Facilities.  J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol. 51, 380-391, doi:10.1175/JAMC-D-10-05000.1 (2012).

Kollias, P., J. Rémillard, E. Luke, and W. Szyrmer,  Cloud radar Doppler spectra in drizzling stratiform clouds: 1. Forward modeling and remote sensing applications.  J. Geophys. Res. 116, D13201, doi:10.1029/2010JD015237 (2011).

Kollias, P., W. Szyrmer, J. Rémillard, and E. Luke,  Cloud radar Doppler spectra in drizzling stratiform clouds: 2. Observations and microphysical modeling of drizzle evolution.  J. Geophys. Res. 116, D13203, doi:10.1029/2010JD015238 (2011).

Luke, E. P., P. Kollias, and M. D. Shupe,  Detection of supercooled liquid in mixed-phase clouds using radar Doppler spectra.  J. Geophys. Res. 115, D19201, doi:10.1029/2009JD012884 (2010).

Giangrande, S. E., E. P. Luke, P. Kollias,  Automated Retrievals of Precipitation Parameters Using Non-Rayleigh Scattering at 95 GHz.  J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol. 27, 1490-1503, doi:10.1175/2010JTECHA1343.1 (2010).

Zhang, G. J., A. M. Vogelmann, M. P. Jensen, W. D. Collins, E. P. Luke,  Relating Satellite-Observed Cloud Properties from MODIS to Meteorological Conditions for Marine Boundary Layer Clouds.  J. Climate 23, 1374-1391, doi:10.1175/2009JCLI2897.1 (2010).

Shupe, M. D., J. S. Daniel, G. de Boer, E. W. Eloranta, P. Kollias, E. P. Luke, C. N. Long, D. D. Turner, J. Verlinde, 2008: A Focus On Mixed-Phase Clouds.  Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc. 89, 1549-1562, doi:10.1175/2008BAMS2378.1

Jensen, M. P., A. M. Vogelmann, W. D. Collins, G. J. Zhang, E. P. Luke,  Investigation of Regional and Seasonal Variations in Marine Boundary Layer Cloud Properties from MODIS Observations.  J. Climate 21, 4955-4973, doi:10.1175/2008JCLI1974.1 (2008).

Luke, E. P., P. Kollias, K. L. Johnson, E. E. Clothiaux,  A Technique for the Automatic Detection of Insect Clutter in Cloud Radar Returns.  J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol. 25, 1498-1513, doi:10.1175/2007JTECHA953.1 (2008).

Kollias, P., M. A. Miller, E. P. Luke, K. L. Johnson, E. E. Clothiaux, K. P. Moran, K. B. Widener, B. A. Albrecht,  The Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Program Cloud Profiling Radars: Second-Generation Sampling Strategies, Processing, and Cloud Data Products.  J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol. 24, 1199-1214, doi:10.1175/JTECH2033.1 (2007).