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Forecaster and Hurricane Specialist
Coastal Weather Research Center

Associate Professor of Meteorology
University of South Alabama

B.S. 1980 University of Wisconsin
M.S. 1987 Texas A&M University
Ph.D. 1990 Texas A&M University

Dr. Keith Blackwell joined the faculty of the Department of Geology and Geography in September, 1996 after serving thirteen distinguished years with the U.S. Air Force where he achieved the rank of Major in 1994. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Blackwell was the Director of Meteorology at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.While at the Academy, he served as Director of the Cadet Summer Research Program (1994-96) and was Secretary of the Weather Career Field Selection Board (1994-1996). Dr. Blackwell was also a participant in the First International Conference on Computer-Aided Learning in Meteorology, Hydrology, and Oceanography (1993) as well as a participant in COMET's Mesoscale Meteorology Course for University Faculty at UCAR (1994).

Prior to his service at the Academy, Dr. Blackwell was Lead Scientist and Team Chief of the Regional Numerical Models Team at Air Force Global Weather Central (AFGWC) in Omaha (1990-93). While at AFGWC, he was a Principal Investigator (1990-93) in an Air Weather Service-sponsored project: "The Relocatable Window Model for Military Contingencies." Also, he was a research meteorologist and modeler at the Defense Nuclear Agency during DESERT STORM where he evaluated chemical/biological agent dispersion capabilities and limitations within atmospheric dispersion models and produced real-time chemical dispersion forecasts for allied troops in the Middle East (1991). Dr. Blackwell also served as a Weather Forecaster and Wing Weather Officer at Detachment 20, 17th Weather Squadron, Little Rock Air Force Base (1983-85).

In addition to his teaching experience at the University of South Alabama and the Air Force Academy, Dr. Blackwell was a Lecturer in the Department of Geography at the University of Nebraska-Omaha (1992-93) and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (1991-92). Also he served as a Lecturer at the Department of Defense Mesoscale Modeling and Forecasting Seminar at Air Weather Service Headquarters (1992).

Dr. Blackwell has also worked as a forecaster with Capitol Weather Service in Mobile, Alabama and as an Air Pollution Meteorologist with Air Pollution Control, Department of Environmental Health, Jefferson County Health Department, Birmingham, Alabama (1980-81).

Dr. Blackwell has been involved in many other research studies and has numerous publications and paper presentations in the areas of tropical, synoptic, satellite, numerical prediction, and mesoscale meteorology, as well as contributions in climatology and the use of multimedia in meteorology.

Among his many awards, Dr. Blackwell has received the Meritorious Service Medal from the U.S. Air Force Academy, the Outstanding Educator Award for Teaching Excellence at the Air Force Academy, and the Lance P. Sijan Leadership Award for Air Weather Service while at AFGWC.

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