Michael Battalio

I am a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, studying the development histories of Martian dust storms.

I previously worked 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 a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from Texas A&M University, 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 have recently published the Wave energetics of the southern hemisphere of Mars on the nature of mid-latitude weather systems in the Martian southern hemisphere.  We found that waves in the southern hemisphere were weaker than that in the northern but are similar in the way they grow and decay. Southern hemisphere waves are weaker in spring than in summer due to changes in the vertical profile of temperatures.  Previous work includes 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 is a third paper on Mars atmosphere energetics, focusing on the spectral decomposition of waves with respect to the pause in eddy activity during the winter solstice.

I was an Environmental Theme Group Lead for the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover and work rover operations three to four times per month.  I was also a blogger for JPL discussing MSL operations, like this post for Sol 1700 where I described how optical depth measurements are taken. Below is an 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 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.

See the right sidebar for recent posters and presentations.

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

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:  May 23, 2018 | © 2003-2018 Michael Battalio (michael[at]battalio.com)