Dave Watson joined CIRA in 1991 and is currently a Research Associate with the RAMMT. He received his BS in Mathematics from Colorado State University in 1992. His main responsibilities have been to provide system administration and programming support for RAMMT and any associated research projects. He helped oversee the deployment of RAMSDIS (Regional and Mesoscale Meteorology Team Advanced Meteorological Satellite Demonstration and Interpretation System) workstations to National Weather Service Forecast Offices throughout the US and several other countries (Germany, England, China, Nairobi, India, Costa Rica, Barbados, Brazil, and Mexico). He developed an internet version of RAMSDIS capable of displaying weather satellite loops in real-time. He has automated the retrieval, processing and displaying of satellite data for RAMSDIS systems from CIRA’s groundstation. He has provided training, demonstrations, and general technical support to RAMMT, remotely and via travel.
He was recognized in 2002 with the CIRA research initiative award for his part in a Hurricane Mitch Reconstruction Project that involved installing a GOES satellite receiving station in Central America in response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Mitch in October 1998.