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Steve Ackerman

Expert on satellite meteorology and climatology, weather, atmospheric optics

Professor, atmospheric and oceanic sciences; director, Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies College of Letters and Science Work: 608-263-3647 — Home and cell phones available upon request Home page


  • satellite meteorology (study of weather using satellite observations); a field that UW-Madison helped originate
  • atmospheric optics, which explains rainbows, halos, the blue sky and white clouds
  • personal weather experiences: everyone is interested in the weather and I'm happy to talk about it


  • American Meteorological Society Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2009.
  • Author, Meteorology: Understanding the Atmosphere
  • Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award, 1999