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Keeley Rochelle Costigan

Keeley Costigan

Phone (505) 665-4788


  • Computational Physics and Applied Mathematics
  • Numerical modeling
  • Computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
  • Computer and Computational Sciences
  • High performance computing
  • Earth and Space Sciences
  • Atmospheric chemistry
  • Climate modeling
  • High Energy Density Plasmas and Fluids
  • Computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
  • Science of Signatures - Remote and Standoff Sensing
  • High performance computing
  • Clouds


Green house gas transport and mixing

  • Simluations with the Weather Research and Forecasting model (WRF-Chem)
  • combine with remote sensing and in situ measurements
  • track and characterize CO2 and co-emitted gas emissions
  • transport and dispersion of CH4

Mountain meteorology

  • atmospheric mixing in urban areas in mountain basins
  • complex flow interactions and their impact on contaminant dispersion.
  • climatology of regional air pollution potential
  • participated in field experiments of the atmospheric boundary layer in complex terrain.

Boundary layer meteorology

  • Large Eddy Simulation (LES)

impact of large scale circulations on the atmospheric boundary layer

impact of complex terrain on the atmospheric boundary layer

Regional climate

  • coupled environmental modeling system for water resources in river basins.
  • regional cli­mate simulations precipitation variability
  • numerical simulations investigating cumulus cloud initialization and development


  • EMP numerical modeling


Ph.D. -  Colorado State University - 1992        Major Field: Atmospheric Science

M.S. -  Colorado State University - 1983         Major Field: Atmospheric Science

B.S. -  Iowa State University - 1981                 Major Field: Meteorology


LANL Positions

1992 – Present       Staff Member/Scientist 3


Professional Societies

American Meteorological Society

American Geophysical Union



2013 - Los Alamos Awards Program – Team award for outstanding work on the RMOTC CH4 field experiment

2011 - NNSA Defense Programs Award of Excellence – Team award for contributions in Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Capability Development



Kort, E. A., C. Frankenberg, K. R. Costigan, R. Lindenmaier, M. K. Dubey, D. Wunch, 2014: Four Corners: the largest US methane anomaly viewed from space, Geophysical Research Letters, 41. Article first published online: 9 OCT 2014. DOI: 10.1002/2014GL061503.

N.L. Miller, A.W. King, M.A. Miller, E.P. Springer, M.L. Wesely, K.E. Bashford, M.E. Conrad, K.R. Costigan, P.N. Foster, H.K. Gibbs, J.Jin, J. Klazura, B.M. Lesht, M.V. Machavaram, F. Pan, J. Soong, J.R. Stalker, D. Troyan, and R.A. Washington, 2005. The DOE Water Cycle Pilot Study. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 86, 359-374.

C.L. Winter, E.P. Springer, K.R. Costigan, P. Fasel, S. Mniewski, and G. Zyvoloski, 2004: Virtual watersheds. Simulating the water balance of the Rio Grande basin. Computers in Science and Engineering, 6, 18-26.

Brown, M.J., C. Muller, G. Wang, and K. Costigan, 2001. Meteorological simulation of boundary-layer structure during the 1996 Paso del Norte Ozone Study. The Science of the Total Environment, 276, 111-133.

Costigan, K. R., J. E. Bossert, D. L. Langely, 2000. Atmospheric/Hydrologic models for the Rio Grande Basin: Simulations of precipitation variability.  Global and Planetary Change, 25, 83-110.

Ludwig, F.L., R.L. Street, J.M. Schneider, and K.R. Costigan, 1996. Analysis of small-scale patterns of atmospheric motion in a sheared, convective boundary layer. Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres, 101 D5, 9391-9411.

Cotton, W.R., R.L. Walko, K.R. Costigan, P.J.Flatau, R.A. Pielke, 1993. Using the Regional Atmospheric Modeling System in LES mode – from inhomogeneous surfaces to cirrus clouds. In Large Eddy Simulation of Complex Engineering and Geophysical Flow, edited by B. Galperin and S.A. Orszag, Cambridge University Press, 369-398.

Banta, R. and K.R. Hanson, 1987: Sensitivity Studies on the continentality of a Numerically Simulated Cumulonimbus. Journal of Climate and Applied Meteorology, 26, 275-286.

Banta, R.M. and K.R. Hanson, 1986: Numerical Simulations of the Development of Mountain Cumulus Clouds. Journal of the Meteorological Society of Japan, Special Volume, 767-775.