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Banta, R.M., Y.L. Pichugina, W.A. Brewer, A. and coauthors, 2020: Characterizing NWP model errors using Doppler-lidar measurements of recurrent regional diurnal flows: Marine-air intrusions into the Columbia-River Basin. Mon. Wea. Rev., 148, 929-953;

Pichugina, Y.L., R.M. Banta, W.A. Brewer, and coauthors, 2020: Evaluating the WFIP2 updates to the HRRR model using scanning Doppler lidar measurements in the complex terrain of the Columbia River Basin. J. Renewable Sustainable Energ., 12. doi: 10.1063/5.0009138

Pichugina, Y.L., R.M. Banta, and Coauthors, 2019: Spatial variability of winds and HRRR-NCEP model error statistics at three Doppler-lidar sites in the wind-energy generation region of the Columbia River Basin. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 58, 1633-1656. doi:10.1175/JAMC-D-18-0244.1

Banta, R.M., Y.L. Pichugina, W.A. Brewer, and coauthors, 2018: Evaluating and improving NWP forecasts for the future: How the needs of offshore wind energy can point the way. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 99, 1155-1176, doi: 10.1175/BAMS-D-16-0310.1

Wulfmeyer, V.O., D.D. Turner, B. Baker, R.M. Banta, A. Behrendt, and coauthors, 2018: A new research approach for observing and characterizing land-atmosphere feedback. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 99, 1639-1667. doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-17-0009.

Pichugina, Y.L., R.M. Banta, J.B. Olson, and coauthors, 2017: Assessment of NWP forecast models in simulating offshore winds through the lower boundary layer by measurements from a ship-based scanning Doppler lidar. Mon. Wea. Rev., 145, 4277-4301. doi:10.1175/MWR-D-16-0442.1

Bonin, T.A., A. Choukulkar, W.A. Brewer, S.P. Sandberg, A.M. Weickmann, Y.L. Pichugina, R.M. Banta, S.P. Oncley, and D.E. Wolfe, 2017: Evaluation of turbulence measurement techniques from a single Doppler lidar. Atmos. Meas. Tech., 10, 3021-3029. doi:org/10.5194/amt-10-3021-2017

Pichugina, Y.L., W.A. Brewer, R.M. Banta, and coauthors, 2017: Properties of offshore low-level jet and rotor layer wind shear as measured by scanning Doppler lidar. Wind Energy, 20, 987-1002. doi:10.1002/we.2075

Djalalova, I.V., J. Olson, J.R. Carley, L. Bianco, J.M. Wilczak, Y.L. Pichugina, R.M. Banta, M. Marquis, and J. Cline, 2016: The POWER experiment: Impact of assimilation of a network of coastal wind profiling radars on simulating offshore winds in and above the wind turbine layer. Wea. and Forecast., 31, 1071-1091.

Banta, R.M., Y.L. Pichugina, W.A. Brewer, J.K. Lundquist, N.D. Kelley, S.P. Sandberg, R.J. Alvarez, R.M. Hardesty, A.M. Weickmann, 2015: 3-D volumetric analysis of wind-turbine wake properties in the atmosphere using high-resolution Doppler lidar. J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol., 32, 904-914, doi:10.1175/JTECH-D-00078.1.

Ahmadov, R., S. McKeen, M. Trainer, R. Banta, A. Brewer, S. Brown, P.M. Edwards, J.A. de Gouw, et al., 2015: Understanding high wintertime ozone pollution events in an oil- and natural gas-producing region of the western U.S. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 411-429.

Petron, G., A. Karion, C. Sweeney, B.R. Miller, S.A. Montzka, G.J. Frost, M. Trainer, P. Tans, A. Andrews, J. Kofler, D. Helmig, D. Guenther, E. Dlugokencky, P. Lang, T. Newberger, S. Wolter, B. Hall, P. Novelli, A. Brewer, S. Conley, M. Hardesty, R. Banta, A. White, D. Noone, D. Wolfe, and R. Schnell, 2014: A new look at methane and nonmethane hydrocarbon emissions from oil and natural gas operations in the Colorado Denver-Julesburg Basin. J. Geophys. Res. - Atmospheres, 119, 6836-6852, doi:10.1002/2013JD021272.

Aitken, M.L., R.M. Banta, Y.L. Pichugina, and J.K. Lundquist, 2014: Quantifying wind turbine wake characteristics from scanning remote sensor data. J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol., 31, 765-787.

Edwards, P.M., S.S. Brown, J.M. Roberts, R. Ahmadov, R.M. Banta, J.A. de Gouw, et al., 2014: High winter ozone pollution from carbonyl photolysis in an oil and gas, Nature, 514, 351–354.

Banta, R.M., Y.L. Pichugina, N.D. Kelley, W.A. Brewer, and R.M. Hardesty, 2013: Wind-energy meteorology: Insight into wind properties in the turbine-rotor layer of the atmosphere from high-resolution Doppler lidar. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 94, 883-902.

Banta, R.M., C.M. Shun, D.C. Law, W. Brown, R.F. Reinking, R.M. Hardesty, C.J. Senff, W.A. Brewer, M.J. Post, L.S. Darby, 2012: Observational techniques: Sampling the mountain atmosphere. Ch. 8 in Mountain Weather Research and Forecasting, Eds., F.K. Chow, S. De Wekker, and B. Snyder, Springer, 409-530.

Pichugina, Y.L., R.M. Banta, W.A. Brewer, S.P. Sandberg, and R.M. Hardesty, 2011: Doppler-lidar-based wind-profile measurement system for offshore wind-energy and other marine-boundary-layer applications. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 51, 327-349. doi: 10.1175/JAMC-D-11-040.1

Sun, J., L. Mahrt, R.M. Banta and Y.L. Pichugina, 2012: Turbulence regimes and turbulence intermittency in the stable boundary layer during CASES99. J. Atmos. Sci., 69, 338-351. doi: 10.1175/JAS-D-11-082.1

Banta, R.M., C.J. Senff, R.J. Alvarez, A.O. Langford, and coauthors, 2011: Dependence of daily peak O3 concentrations near Houston, Texas on environmental factors: Wind speed, temperature, and boundary-layer depth. Atmos. Environ., 45, 162-173.

Pichugina, Y.L., and R.M. Banta, 2010: Stable boundary-layer depth from high-resolution measurements of the mean wind profile. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 49, 20-35.

Tucker, S.C., W.A. Brewer, R.M. Banta, C.J. Senff, S.P. Sandberg, D.C. Law, A.M. Weickmann, and R.M. Hardesty, 2009: Doppler lidar estimation of mixing height using turbulence, shear, and aerosol profiles. J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol., 26, 673-688.

Banta, R.M., 2008: Stable boundary layer regimes from the perspective of the low-level jet. Acta Geophysica, 56,  58-87.

Banta, R.M., L. Mahrt, D. Vickers, J. Sun, B. Balsley, Y. Pichugina, and E. Williams, 2007: The very stable boundary layer on nights with weak low-level jets. J. Atmos. Sci., 64, 3068-3090.

Emeis, S., M. Harris, and R.M. Banta, 2007: Boundary-layer anemometry by optical remote sensing for wind energy applications. Meteorologische Zeitschrift, 16, 337-347.

Banta, R.M., Y.L. Pichugina, and W.A. Brewer, 2006: Turbulent velocity-variance profiles in the stable boundary layer generated by a nocturnal low-level jet. J. Atmos. Sci., 63, 2700-2719.

Banta, R.M., C.J. Senff, T.B. Ryerson, J. Nielsen-Gammon, L.S. Darby, R.J. Alvarez, S.P. Sandberg, E.J. Williams, and M. Trainer, 2005: A bad air day in Houston. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 86, 657-669.

Banta, R.M., L.S. Darby, J.D. Fast, J.O. Pinto, C.D. Whiteman, W.J. Shaw, and B.D. Orr, 2004: Nocturnal low-level jet in a mountain basin complex. Part I: Evolution and implications to other flow features. J. Appl. Meteor., 43, 1348-1365.

Banta, R.M., Y.L. Pichugina, and R.K. Newsom, 2003: Relationship between low-level jet properties and turbulence kinetic energy in the nocturnal stable boundary layer. J. Atmos. Sci., 60, 2549-2555.

Banta, R.M., R.K. Newsom, J.K. Lundquist, Y.L. Pichugina, R.L. Coulter, and L. Mahrt, 2002: Nocturnal low-level jet characteristics over Kansas during CASES-99. Boundary-Layer Meteor., 105, 221-252.

Grund, C.J., R.M. Banta, J.L. George, J.N. Howell, M.J. Post, R.A. Richter, and A.M. Weickmann, 2001: High-resolution Doppler lidar for boundary-layer and cloud research. J. Atmos. Ocean. Technol., 18, 376-393.

Banta, R.M., C.J. Senff, A.B. White, M. Trainer, and coauthors, 1998: Daytime buildup and nighttime transport of urban ozone in the boundary layer during a stagnation episode. J. Geophys. Res., 103, 22,519-22,544.