Dr. Donna Veturia Kliche

Associate Professor

Dr. Donna Kliche

Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
501 East Saint Joseph Street
Rapid City, South Dakota 57701-3995

Room 201A
Mineral Industries Building
Phone: 605-394-2291
FAX: 605-394-6061 
email: Donna.Kliche@sdsmt.edu


 
Vita
Research Interests
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Education

Publications

University Activities

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Teaching

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Research Interests

Dr. Kliche's areas of expertise include microphysics of clouds, atmospheric physics, scientific analysis of airborne meteorological measurements and surface precipitation data. Her most recent research is related to raindrop size distribution functions and their applications to cloud microphysics simulation in mathematical models and radar rain-amounts retrieval algorithms. She has authored and coauthored papers dealing with the new approaches in determining the parameters describing the size distribution functions used in cloud models and remote sensing rain rate estimates.

Affiliations

Dr. Kliche is a member of
- American Geophysical Union
- American Meteorological Society
- Black Hills Chapter of the American Meteorological Society

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Education and Background

Dr. Kliche received a B.S. and M.S. in Physics from the University of Bucharest in Romania; an M.S. from Georgia Tech School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and an M.S. in Meteorology from SDSM&T, and her PhD. in Atmospheric, Environmental and Water Resources from SDSM&T.

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Selected Publications

Detwiler, A.G., J. Scannell, D. Kliche, and S. Williams, 2012: Creating the long-termT-28 Instrumented Research Aircraft Data Archive. BAMS, 93, 1817-1820. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/BAMS-D-11-00066.1

French, E., D.V. Kliche, L. Stetler, P.L. Smith, 2012: A study of rain-induced erosion in the Badlands National Park. 16th Symposium on Meteorological Observation and Instrumentation, 92nd Annual AMS meeting, January 22-26, 2012, New Orleans, LA.

Berg, G., D.V. Kliche, W.J. Capehart, 2012: Wind farm forecasting with WRF. 3rd Conference on Weather, Climate and the New Energy Economy/92nd Annual AMS meeting, January 22-26, 2012, New Orleans, LA.

Aguilar, T.A., R.Roberts, T.M.Weckwerth, D.V. Kliche, and P.L. Smith, 2012: Gust Front vs. non-gust front thunderstorms: An investigation into storm characteristics and environmental conditions. 92nd AMS Annual Meeting, January 22-26,2012, New Orleans, LA.

Kliche, D.V.,  2011: Instruments and available internet-based data for documenting weather conditions. Presented at 37th Annual Conference on Explosives and Blasting Technique, San Diego, CA, International Society of Explosive Engineers, February 2011.

Johnson, R.W., D.V. Kliche, and P.L. Smith, 2010: Comparison of Estimators for Parameters of Gamma distributions with Left-truncated Samples. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 50, 296-310.

Johnson, R.W., D.V. Kliche, and P.L. Smith, 2010: Maximum Likelihood Estimation of Gamma Parameters For Coarsely Binned and Truncated Raindrop Size Data. 13th Conference of Cloud Physics, 28 June - 2 July, 2010, Portland, OR, Amer. Meteor. Soc.

Johnson, R.W., D.V. Kliche, and P.L. Smith, 2009: Maximum likelihood estimation from a left-truncated distribution. 34th Conference on Radar Meteorology, 5-9 October 2009, Williamsburg, VA, Amer. Meteor. Soc.

Smith, P.L., D.V. Kliche, and R.W. Johnson, 2009: The bias and error in moment estimators for parameters of drop-size distribution functions: Sampling from gamma distributions. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 48, 2118-2126.

Smith, P.L., D.V. Kliche, and R.W. Johnson, 2008: Estimating Radar Reflectivity From Observations Of Raindrop Size Distributions. ERAD Conference, ERAD 2008 - The Fifth European Conference on Radar in Meteorology and Hydrology, Helsinki, Finland, 30 June - 4 July 2008, IEEE.

Smith, P.L., D.V. Kliche, and R.W. Johnson, 2008: Estimating radar reflectivity from observations of raindrop size distributions. ERAD Conference, Helsinki, Finland.

Kliche, D.V., P.L. Smith, and R.W. Johnson, 2008: L-Moment estimators as applied to gamma drop size distributions. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 47, 3117-3130.

Kliche, D.V., A.G. Detwiler, P.L. Smith, R.W. Johnson, 2007b: Three fitting methods (moment method, maximum likelihood method and L-moment method) applied to observed raindrop size distributions. 33rd Conf. on Radar Meteorology, Cairns, Australia, Amer. Meteor. Soc.

Kliche, D.V., P.L. Smith, R.W. Johnson, 2007a: L-Moment estimators as applied to exponential, gamma, and lognormal drop size distributions. 33rd Conf. on Radar Meteorology, Cairns, Australia, Amer. Meteor. Soc.

Beals, M., D.V. Kliche, A.G. Detwiler, S. Williams, 2006: On-line archive of storm penetrating data. 23rd Conf. on Severe Storms, St. Louis, MO, Nov. 3-10, 2006, Amer. Meteor. Soc.

Kliche, D.V., P.L. Smith, and R.W. Johnson, 2006: Estimators for parameters of drop-size distribution functions: Sampling from gamma distributions. 12th Conference on Cloud Physics, July 10-14, 2006, Madison, WI, Amer. Meteor. Soc.

Smith, P.L., Jr., D.V. Kliche, and R.W. Johnson, 2005: The bias in moment estimators for parameters of drop-size distribution functions: Sampling from gamma distributions. 32nd Conf. on Radar Meteorology, Albuquerque, NM, Oct. 24-29, 2005, Amer. Meteor. Soc.

Detwiler, A.G., P.L. Smith, Jr., G.N. Johnson, D.V. Kliche, 2004: Three decades of in situ observations inside thunderstorms. Preprints, 22nd Conf. On Severe Local Storms, Amer. Meteor. Soc., Hyannis, MA.

Smith, P.L., Jr. and D.V. Kliche, 2005: The bias in moment estimators for parameters of drop-size distribution functions: sampling from exponential distributions. Proc., 14th Int. Conf. On Clouds and Precip., ICCP2004, Bologna, Italy, 47-50.

Smith, P.L., Jr. and D.V. Kliche, 2004: Bias in moment estimators for parameters of drop-size distribution functions: Sampling from exponential distributions. Preprints, 14th Int. Conf. on Clouds and Precip., Bologna, Italy, ICCP2004, 664-667.

Smith, P.L., Jr. and D.V. Kliche, 2003: The bias in moment estimators for parameters of drop size distribution functions. 31st Conference on Radar Meteorology, Seattle, WA., Amer. Meteor. Soc., 47-50.

Detwiler, A.G., J.H. Helsdon, D.V. Kliche, Q. Mo, and T.A. Warner, 2002: Lightning characteristics of two storms observed during STEPS. 21st Severe Storms Conference, San Antonio, TX, Amer. Meteor. Soc., 311-314.

Smith, P.L., Jr. and D.V. Kliche, 2002: Evaluation of a radar hydrometeor classifier by comparison with in situ aircraft data. 11th Conf. On Cloud Physics, Park City, UT, Amer. Meteor. Soc.

Detwiler, A. G., J. H. Helsdon, Jr., Q. Mo, D.V. Kliche, and W. Winn, 2001: Observations of hydrometeor electric charge in thunderstorms. EOS Trans. AGU, 82(47), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract AE12A-0078.

Detwiler, A. G., J. H. Helsdon, Jr., Q. Mo, and D. V. Kliche, 2001: Recent observations of thunderstorm electrification on the High Plains. Annual Meeting of the South Dakota Academy of Sciences, University of SD, Vermillion, SD.

Smith, P.L., Jr., D.S. Gonguez, and D.V. Kliche, 2000: Comparison of aircraft cloud microphysics observations with particle classifications from polarimetric radar. 30th Int. Conf. on Radar Metro., Munich, Germany, Amer. Meteor. Soc., 171-173.

Kliche, D.V., J. Chou, J.M. Weiss, S.A. Christopher, R.M. Welch, T.A. Berendes, K-S Kuo, 1997: Global survey of jet contrails using AVHRR data: Spatial distributions and optical property retrievals. IGARSS ‘97, IEEE, Singapore, 32-34.

Christopher, S.A., M. Wang, D.V. Kliche, R.M. Welch, S. Nolf, and V.S. Connors, 1997: Remote sensing of global fire patterns, aerosol optical thickness, and carbon monoxide during April 1994. Preprints, IGARSS’97, Singagpore, IEEE, 116-118.

Christopher, S.A., M. Wang, D.V. Kliche, T.A. Berendes, R.M. Welch, and S.K. Yang, 1997: Satellite estimates of the direct radiative forcing of biomass burning aerosols over South America and Africa. Preprint, 9th Conf. on Atmos. Rad. (9 AT RAD), Long Beach, CA, Amer. Meteor. Soc., 87-90.

Christopher, S.A., D.V. Kliche, V.S. Connors, and R.M. Welch, 1996: Satellite investigations of fire, smoke, and CO during the April 1994 MAPS mission: Part I: Case studies. JGR-Atmospheres, 103, 19,327-19,336.

Christopher, S. A., D. V. Kliche, J. Chou and R. M. Welch, 1996:  First estimates of the radiative forcing of aerosols generated from biomass burning using satellite data. J. Geophys. Res.-Atmos., 101, No. D16, 21,265-21,273.
 

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University Activities

Dr. Kliche joined the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSM&T) in May 1994 as a research scientist in the Remote Sensing Group of the Institute of Atmospheric Sciences (IAS) until 1998. After the entire Remote Sensing Group moved to Huntsville, Alabama, between 1998 to 2000, Dr. Kliche took the responsibility of managing and developing the PRIME (Personalized Resources for Individualized Mathematics Education) program within the Mathematics and Computer Sciences Department at SDSM&T.

In 2000 she started to work for the T-28 storm penetration research program of the IAS, as a research scientist. While working for IAS, she finished her doctorate in Atmospheric, Environmental, and Water Resources (AEWR).

Currently, she continues to work for the Department of Atmospheric Sciences as an Associate Professor. Dr. Kliche has assisted with the High Plains Regional Science and Engineering Fair (serving as the director of the 2013 fair), Engineers' Week, and Women in Science and Engineering. She has taught Introduction to Atmospheric Sciences, Atmospheric Thermodynamics, College Physics, Satellite Remote Sensing, Climatology and Climate Change and Air Pollution.

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Other Activities

Active member of the High Plains Regional Science and Engineering Fair, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

Engineer's Week, South Dakota School Of Mines and Technology

Women in Science and Engineering Group, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

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New Grants

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(Page updated 1212/2013)

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To contact Dr. Kliche: email: donna.kliche@sdsmt.edu

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