Portrait of Robert Houze

Atmospheric Sciences

Robert Houze

Professor Emeritus

Robert Houze has spent his career studying the behaviors of clouds and storms and their role in the global circulation and climate. He led a research team at the UW called the Mesoscale Group, with whom he participated in many international field projects, employing specialized radar and aircraft in the tropics and midlatitudes. He is on the science teams for three NASA satellites for studying clouds globally. He has specialized in the meteorology of tropical oceanic regions, the weather over major mountain ranges and monsoon climates. Some of his latest work focuses on extreme storms and flooding. These projects have been sponsored by the NSF, NASA, the Department of Energy, and NOAA. His latest project, called OLYMPEX, was designed to validate a new satellite with three NASA aircraft and several specialized radars and balloon soundings observing storms moving over the Olympic Mountains of Washington state. His research approach integrates observations, models, and theory. He has received numerous awards, including Carl Gustaf Rossby Research Medal, the highest award of the American Meteorological Society, and the Symons Gold Medal, the highest award of the Royal Meteorological Society. He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.