Brian Carroll

Research Scientist II

Atmospheric Remote Sensing

NOAA Chemical Sciences Laboratory
325 Broadway, R/CSL3
Boulder, CO 80305 USA

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Dr. Brian Carroll is a CIRES Research Scientist affiliated with the NOAA Chemical Sciences Laboratory (CSL). His research answers questions about planetary boundary layer processes affecting air quality, wildfires, wind energy, and more. As a member of the Atmospheric Remote Sensing group within CSL, his responsibilities include field campaign planning and operations; Doppler lidar deployment, algorithms, and data analysis; and interpreting lidar data alongside other instrumentation and models to answer science questions.


Dr. Carroll earned his PhD in Atmospheric Physics at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.


Primary research foci include:

  • Air quality - Boundary layer dynamics and chemistry
  • Wildfires - Smoke plume behavior, air quality impacts, and fire-affected winds
  • Doppler lidar - Field deployment, measurements from mobile platforms, algorithm development

Current Topics

Current projects of Dr. Carroll include the 2022 CalFiDE field campaign leveraging observations of wildfire smoke plumes and fire-affected winds from mobile platforms, the 2023 CUPiDS campaign focusing on summertime air quality and the associated dynamics around New York City, and the 2023 AMED campaign measuring winds to help quantify oil and gas emissions in Colorado. Upcoming projects include a summertime ozone study in the Salt Lake City region in 2024.

Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

last modified: May 17, 2024