Michael Battalio

I am a postdoctoral researcher at Texas A&M.  I will be a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics starting Oct 2017, studying the development histories of Martian dust storms.

I work operations as Environmental Theme Lead for the Mars Science Laboratory (Curiosity).  My research involves the energetics of transient waves and in dust devils on Mars.  I have an MS in Meteorology from Mississippi State University and a BS in Physics and a BS in Meteorology (communication, mathematics and music minors).  I am a graduate fellow of the American Meteorological Society.  I invite you to find out more about me, learn about my research activities, or download my CV.

Please feel free to contact me with questions on research, employment, or just to chat at michael[at]battalio.com.
I recently finished doctoral work at TAMU and am a postdoctoral researcher with Dr. Mark Lemmon studying the atmospheric dynamics of Mars, specifically energetics of Martian baroclinic waves and the formation and evolution of mesoscale vorticies in Gale crater.  I have recently published the Energetics of the martian atmosphere using the Mars Analysis Correction Data Assimilation (MACDA) dataset on the alteration of transient waves by the Mars Global Dust storm of 2001.  We found that the number of transient waves during the dust storm is roughly halved due to a stabilization of the atmosphere to baroclinic energy conversion as a result of an altered vertical wind and temperature profile.  However, the intensity of individual eddies is not necessarily reduced.  For more go to the Academia page.

Currently in preparation are two more papers on Mars atmosphere energetics.  One focuses on waves in the southern hemisphere, which is by far the less studied of the two hemispheres.  The second focuses on the spectral decomposition of waves with respect to the pause in eddy activity during the winter solstice.

I am an Environmental Theme Group Lead for the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover and work rover operations three to four times per month.  I am also a blogger for JPL discussing MSL operations, like this post for Sol 1700 where I describe how we take optical depth measurements. Below is a recent image of a Dust Devil search performed on Sol 959 that I instructed Curiosity to take.  For more images go to the JPL multimedia gallery.

I completed my graduate degree in Meteorology at Mississippi State in May 2012.  I have published The Minimum Length Scale for Evaluating QG Omega Using High-Resolution Model Data with Monthly Weather Review on the horizontal scaling of the QG omega equation.  I received the 21st Century Fellowship from the American Metrological Society in 2011.

Other research topics include Quasi-geostrophic theory and the three-dimensional patterns of divergence, vorticity, and vertical velocity in synoptic systems. 

I particularly interested in the elucidation of the atmospheric dynamics of exoplanets via observed temperature profiles and/or global circulation models and am looking for a Postdoc in that area.

I occasionally teach ATMO 202 Atmospheric Science Lab or ATMO 321 Computer Applications in the Atmospheric Sciences.

See the right sidebar for recent posters and presentations.

For more details on my research see the Academia page or my profile at the TAMU ATMO page. 

Here is a recent recording of Deux Arabesque 1 (Claude Debussy). 

Here is the Bach Cello Suite no. 1 in G Major - Prelude

I've also recorded Trumpet Voluntary in D (J. Clarke) on organ from a wedding in April 2015.
Performances and Booking
To listen to samples of some of my work or for information on booking me and pricing, visit the performance section of the music page.
MAMO 2017 extended abstract Eddy Energetics of the Southern Hemisphere of Mars from the Mars Analysis Correction Data Assimilation (MACDA).
AMS 2017 Poster The Minimum Horizontal Length Scale When Evaluating Quasi-Geostrophic Omega
AGU 2016 Poster A Comparison of Martian Transient Wave Energetics in High and Low Optical Depth Environments
DPS 2016 slides from The Energetics of Transient Eddies in the Martian Northern Hemisphere
DPS 2015 slides from Reduced Baroclinicity During Martian Global Dust Storms
An Investigation of the Local Energetics of the Martian Atmosphere
Weather Station
A Battalio Christmas
Garden Blog
Research Gate
VTK_omega is code to calculate QG omega on a VTK dataset. The paper The Minimum Length Scale for Evaluating QG Omega Using High Resolution Model Data is published in "Monthly Weather Review".
Last updated:  August 30, 2017 | © 2003-2017 Michael Battalio (michael[at]battalio.com)