• dana.carlis@noaa.gov
  • Howard University

Dr. DaNa L. Carlis is a Research Meteorologist at the National Weather Service (NWS) National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) Environmental Modeling Center (EMC) in College Park, MD. DaNa has been at NCEP/EMC since 2007 and with NOAA since 2002. His work entails developing the next generation US weather forecast model called the Global Forecasting System (GFS) whose products are used by US Weather Forecast Offices, international weather prediction centers, and academic institutions. Their goal is to produce the best weather forecast guidance available in the world so that better forecasts can be provided for daily and extreme events such as Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy; as well as improved winter weather predictions. DaNa also leads educational outreach efforts at EMC and has worked with Universities to bring in more than 10 students for summer internships since 2009.

Prior to joining NCEP, DaNa attended Howard University in Washington, DC where he obtained a Bachelors of Science degree in Chemistry (1999), as well as a MS (2002) and PhD (2007) in Atmospheric Sciences. DaNa was the second male to receive a PhD in Atmospheric Sciences since Howard’s inception in 1867. In 2002, DaNa joined NOAA after completing his master’s thesis research at the National Aeronautic Space Administration (NASA) Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). DaNa accepted a fellowship from NOAA’s Educational Partnership Program/Office of Education as a member of the Graduate Sciences Program (2002). He was forced to complete his dissertation work on the beautiful island of Oahu, Hawaii. DaNa collaborated with the University of Hawaii and worked at the NWS Pacific Region Headquarters for a year and then moved offices to the NWS Honolulu Forecast Office (HFO). DaNa’s dissertation title was “Numerical Simulations of Island-Scale Airflow and the Maui Vortex Under Summer Trade-wind Conditions.”

DaNa is originally from Tulsa, OK and during this time is when he became enthusiastic about science. In his spare time, DaNa enjoys cheering for his favorite sports team the Oklahoma Sooners, mentoring students, and spending time with his family. DaNa is married to Dr. Lydia Carlis and they have a daughter named Dia who enjoys playing travel soccer.