Elizabeth C. Weatherhead—Bio-Sketch

University of Colorado at Boulder
325 Broadway, Boulder CO 80303, USA

photo of Betsy Weatherhead

Areas of Scientific Research

Understanding the environment through the combined use of new monitoring techniques, physical models and statistical approaches; structural changes in the atmosphere; the link between weather and climate; ozone and ultraviolet radiation, Arctic climate change, environmental statistics, scientific applications of unmanned aircraft systems.


I am employed by the University of Colorado and work with NOAA on a number of issues including evaluation of forecasting techniques, developing new measurement approaches, and statistical analyses of data. In addition, I occasionally consult on issues to private companies interested in getting an objective analysis of issues. Most recently, I served as an expert witness for a trial involving high energy electrical storms.


Ph.D., Geophysical Sciences, The University of Chicago, 1993

M.A., Statistics, The University of Chicago, 1992

M.A., Physics, The University of Chicago, 1992

A.B., Physics, The University of Chicago, 1985

Select Leadership and International Participation

Select Publications

Weatherhead, E., J. Snow, M. McElroy and L. Pietrafesa, "Renewable Energy: the challenge is on," submitted to Eos in spring, 2010.

Weatherhead, E., S. Gearheard and R. G. Barry, "Changes in weather persistence: insight from inuit knowledge," Global Environmental Change, 2010.

Argrow, B., E. Weatherhead, E., and E. W. Frew, 2009: "Real-Time Participant Feedback from the Symposium for Civilian Applications of Unmanned Aircraft Systems," Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems, Vol. 54, No. 1-3, pp. 87-103.

Weatherhead, E. C, and S. B. Andersen, The search for signs of recovery of the ozone layer. Nature. May 4;441(7089):39-45.

Andersen, S. B., E. C. Weatherhead, A. Stevermer, J. Austin, C. Brühl, E. L. Fleming, J. de Grandpré, V. Grewe, I. Isaksen, G. Pitari, R. W. Portmann, B. Rognerud, J. E. Rosenfield, S. Smyshlyaev, T. Nagashima, G. J. M. Velders, D. K. Weisenstein, and J. Xia, Comparison of recent modeled and observed trends in total column ozone, Journal of Geophysical Research, Vol. 111, D02303, doi:10.1029/2005JD006091, 2006.

Reinsel, G. C., Miller, A. J.; Weatherhead, E. C.; Flynn, L. E.; Nagatani, R. M.; Tiao, G. C.; Wuebbles, D. J., "Trend analysis of total ozone data for turnaround and dynamical contributions," Journal of Geophysical Research, Volume 110, Issue D16, CiteID D16306, 2005.

Reinsel, G. C., E. Weatherhead, G C. Tiao, A. J. Miller, R. Nagatani, D. Wuebbles, and L. E. Flynn, "On detection of turnaround and recovery in trend for ozone, J. Geophys. Res. VOL. 107, NO. D10, 4078, doi:10.1029/2001JD000500, 2002.

Weatherhead, E.C., A.J. Stevermer, and B.E. Schwartz, Detecting Environmental Changes and Trends, Phys. Chem. of Earth, A/B/C, 27(6):399-403, 2002.

Weatherhead E.C., D. Theisen, A. Stevermer, J. Enagonio, B. Rabinovitch, P. Disterhoft, K. Lantz, R. Meltzer, J. Sabburg, J. DeLuisi, J. Rives, J. Shreffler, Temperature Dependence of the Brewer Ultraviolet Data, J. Geophys. Res., 106(D24):34121-34129, 2001.

Weatherhead, E.C., G.C. Reinsel, G.C. Tiao, A.J. Stevermer and J.E. Frederick, Trend Detectability in Climatic Variables, 15th Conference On Probability and Statistics in Atmospheric Sciences, 12th Conference on Applied Climatology, 8-11 May, 2000.

Weatherhead, E.C., G.C. Reinsel, G.C. Tiao, C.H. Jackman, A.J. Stevermer, E.L. Fleming, L. Bishop, J. DeLuisi, T. Keller, J. Herman, R. McPeters, S. Hollandsworth-Frith, S.J. Oltmans, D.J. Wuebbles, J.B. Kerr, A.J. Miller, J. Herman, R. McPeters, R.M. Nagatani, and J. E. Frederick, Detecting the recovery of total column ozone--how long will it take?, Proceedings of the Quadrennial Ozone Symposium, Sapporo, 2000.

Weatherhead, E.C., G.C.Reinsel, G.C. Tiao, C.H. Jackman, E.L.Fleming, L. Bishop, J. DeLuisi, T. Keller, J. Herman, R. McPeters, D. Hofmann, S. J. Oltmans, D. J. Wuebbles, J.B. Kerr, A.J. Miller, R.M. Nagatani, and J. E. Frederick, Detecting the Recovery of Total Column Ozone, J. Geophys. Res. D17(105):22,201-22, 210, 2000.

Weatherhead, E.C., G.C. Reinsel, G.C. Tiao, and J.E. Frederick, Detecting climate change: statistical considerations, in Long Term Changes and Trends in the Atmosphere, edited by G. Beig, 2000.

Updated July 2010