Michael R. Gallagher

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Research Scientist


Polar Observations and Processes




Michael Gallagher is a staff research scientist working for the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at CU Boulder within the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratories. Since finishing his PhD he has been primarily doing field research with MOSAiC (Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate), dedicating the majority of 2019 and 2020 to gathering high quality in situ atmospheric observations in the Arctic ice pack. When not in the field his research is generally focused on coupling atmospheric process to the broader climate system in the Arctic.

Research Interests

  • polar climate
  • atmospheric boundary layer dynamics
  • clouds, radiation, and surface energy budget
  • applied machine learning and computational algorithms
  • ground and space based remote sensing observations


  • Ph.D., Atmospheric Science, CU-Boulder, May 2019
  • B.Sc., Engineering, CU-Boulder, 2012
  • B.Sc., Physics, CU-Boulder, 2012

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