Team - Mission II

Elizabeth Austin

Chief Meteorologist

Biography

Dr. Elizabeth Austin, the articulate and dynamic President of WeatherExtreme Ltd, is one of the Nation’s leading authorities on Climate Change, Forensic and Aviation Meteorology, Mountain Weather, Cloud and Ice Physics, Stratrospheric Mountain Wave, and Mesoscale Atmospheric Modeling. WeatherExtreme Ltd.’s research, consulting and advising includes: weather forecasts, floods, tornadoes, microbursts, severe weather, hurricanes, avalanches, aviation projects, natural disasters, climate change, agriculture and forensics.

Dr. Austin’s WeatherExtreme is a major International meteorological and climatological research and consulting firm providing extensive services for a distinguished and diversified group of clients, including NASA, Federal Express, Delta, Air France, Southern California Edison, Rockwell Collins, Time-Warner Cable, and the United States Department of Justice, among others.

Elizabeth is also currently serving as the Chief meteorologist for the groundbreaking Perlan Project, an aeronautical event in preparation to fly a manned glider to a record breaking height of 100,000 feet.

Elizabeth has been a frequent and popular lecturer, guest speaker and scientific panelist on major scientific weather, climate and environmental issues all over the world, including appearances in China, France, Australia, Germany, New Zealand, Argentina, Mexico, Switzerland and Austria. One very important issue and area of focus for Dr. Austin is the urgent need for enhancing the education of young people in science and technology. As she states, “The scientists of tomorrow begin with the children of today.”

Among her many honors is recipient of a Fulbright Senior Specialist award at the Laboratoire de Physique de l’Atmosphere, CNRS, Universite de La Reunion, Reunion Island, France, and the distinguished teaching award at the four-year Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village, Nevada. Her broad experience and expertise in civil and criminal cases has ranged from a double-murder, death- penalty case; to State and Federal cases; to foreign court cases. She has worked on well over 1,000 cases ranging from aviation, wildfires, auto accidents, agriculture, kite-surfing, boating, equipment malfunctions, avalanches, skiing accidents, and tornadoes.

Elizabeth has also held research Professor positions at the Desert Research Institute/University of Nevada at Reno. An active member of the National Weather Association for many years, she is an active member of the American Meteorological Society, has served on many AMS Committees and as Chair of the Board of the Certified Consulting Meteorologists (CCM).