Curriculum Vitae



Global Aerospace, LLC (Retired)
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Ph.D.—University of Michigan, Department of Atmospheric Science, 1970
MS—University of Michigan, Department of Atmospheric Science, 1968
BS—Creighton University (Mathematics), 1963


2005 – Present:President, Global Aerospace, LLC. (Retired)
Publishing research on nonlinear systems: (see publications 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2018)
Consulting (90%) with SpectraSensors, Inc. (Retired)
Author of novel EXPOSURE
2002 – 2004Project Manager, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO
· Director, WVSS-II Program
1993 – 2001Visiting Scientist, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO
· Manager, Water Vapor Sensing System for NOAA and FAA (current)
· Manager, Climate Observations MPE for NOAA OGP (previous)
1991 – 1993Senior Manager, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO
· Manager of FAAs Commercial Aviation Sensing Humidity (CASH) program
1988 – 1991President, Creative Concepts, Boulder, CO
· Self-employed, consulting and research in nonlinear stochastic systems and forcing
1986 – 1987President, Tycho Technology, Inc., Longmont, CO
· Developing high-technology, wind-profiling radar
1985 – 1986Director within NOAA, Boulder, CO
· Director, International Tropical Ocean and Global Atmosphere (TOGA) Project Office
1981 – 1985Director within NOAA, Rockville, MD
· Director, Special Research Program Office (later called Office of Climate and Atmospheric Research, later yet called Office of Global Programs)
1975 – 1981Director within NOAA, Rockville, MD
· Director, U.S. First GARP Global Experiment (FGGE) Project Office
1972 – 1975Director, Applications, Advanced Scientific Computer, Texas Instruments, Austin, TX.
· Optimal coding techniques for pipelined computer architecture: numerical prediction, etc.
1963 – 1972Entered US Air Force 3 July 1963: Honorable Discharge as Captain, 1 August 1972.


The Department of Commerce Gold Medal Award (1980) for outstanding achievement in directing U.S. role in Global Weather Experiment (FGGE)
Elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (1982) for contributions to atmospheric science
Listed in Who’s Who in the World (1983-1995) and (2006- )
Listed in Who’s Who in America (1980 – )


United States Patent # 6,809,648 B1 (October 26, 2004) An Aerial Sampler System
United States Patent # 6,997,050 B2 (February 14, 2006) Aerial Sampler System
United States Patent # 7,156,552 (January 2, 2007) Temperature Sensor System for Mobile Platforms
United States Patent # 7, 400,293 (July 15, 2008) Atmospheric Turbulence Analysis System


Fleming, R. J., 2018: An Updated review about carbon dioxide and climate change. Environmental Earth Sciences, 77, 14 pp.

Fleming, R. J., 2015: Analysis of the SDE/Monte Carlo Approach in Studying Nonlinear Systems  Lambert Academic Publishing, Saarbrucken, Germany, 136 pp.

Fleming, R. J., 2014: Explosive Baroclinic Instability. J. Atmos. Sci., 71, 2155-2168.

Fleming, R. J., 2014: Closure of the stochastic dynamic equations. Preprints, Edward S. Epstein Symposium, Probability and Statistics Conference, Atlanta, GA, 5 Feb 2014, 18 pp.

Fleming, R. J., 2014: A review of the merits of the stochastic dynamic equations and the Monte Carlo approach in modeling and understanding systems. Preprints, Edward S. Epstein Symposium, Probability and Statistics Conference, Atlanta, GA, 5 Feb 2014, 18 pp.

Fleming, R. J., 2012: Exposure. Friesen Press, Victoria, Canada, 224 pp.

Fleming, R.J., 2009: Mapping turbulence. Avionics Magazine. July, 2009. p 38.

Fleming, R.J., 2008: Commercial aircraft sensor improvements required for a successful implementation of NextGen. Global Aerospace, LLC Document # 1004 (available at

Fleming, R.J., 2008: The mobile temperature sensor: statistical modeling details. Global Aerospace, LLC Document # 1003 (available at

Fleming, R.J., 2008: The next generation temperature sensor for commercial aircraft and other mobile platforms. Global Aerospace, LLC Document # 1002 (available at

Fleming, R.J., 2007:  An air sampler for mobile platforms measuring mixing ratios via diode laser and quantum cascade lasers. Global Aerospace, LLC Document # 1001 (available at

Fleming, R.J. and R.D. May, 2006: The emergence of commercial aircraft as a major component of the global atmospheric monitoring system. 10th Symposium on Integrated Observing and Assimilation Systems for the Atmosphere, Oceans, and Land Surfaces. Annual AMS Mtg. 30 January – 3 February, 2006, Atlanta, GA.

Fleming, R.J. and R.D. May, 2004: The 2nd-generation water vapor sensing system and benefits of its use on commercial aircraft for air carriers and society. 16 pp. March 1, 2004 (available at

Fleming, R.J., 2004: Summary of atmospheric water vapor information from sensors on commercial aircraft: measuring relative humidity versus mixing ratio.  FAA report March 8, 2004.  Available on the web at

Fleming, R.J., 2003:  National environmental observing system to mitigate the effects of nuclear-biological-chemical (NBC) attacks: strategic and tactical.  SPIE Proceedings Series, Vol. 5071 Sensors, and Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (C3I) Technologies for Homeland Defense and Law Enforcement II, 21-25 April 2003, Orlando, FL., pp 1-11.

Fleming, R.J., et al., 2002: Water vapor profiles from commercial aircraft. FAA report, January 9, 2002. Available on the web at

Fleming, R.J., 2001: A conceptual plan for a national implementation of a commercial aircraft water vapor system. FAA report, January 15, 2001, 62 pp.

Fleming, R.J., 1996: The use of commercial aircraft as platforms for environmental measurements. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 77, 2229-2242.

Fleming, R.J., R.M. Hardesty and J.A. Reagan, 1995: A composite water vapor observing system for atmospheric science applications, Proc. Co-MEAS, Atlanta, GA, April.

Fleming, R.J., 1993: The dynamics of uncertainty: application to parameterization constants in climate models, Climate Dynamics, 8: 135-150.

Fleming, R.J. and A.J. Hills, 1993: Humidity profiles via commercial aircraft, Preprint Volume of the Eighth Symposium on Meteorological Observations and Instrumentation, 17-22 January.

Fleming, R.J., 1991: The energetics of stochastic continuum equations for fluid systems, NCAR Technical Note 360, pp 49.

Fleming, R.J., 1985: The Tropical Ocean and Global Atmosphere Program, International TOGA Project Office, booklet.

Fleming, R.J. and Ostenso, N.A., 1984: El Niño and other large-scale air-sea interactions, marine geology and oceanography of Arabian Sea and coastal Pakistan, Van Nostrand Reinhold Co.

Fleming, R.J., et al., 1979: The global weather experiment II. The second special observing period, Bull. Am. Meteorol. Soc., 60: 1316-1322.

Fleming, R.J., et al., 1979: The global weather experiment I. The observational phase through the first special observing period. Bull. Am. Meteor. Soc., 60: 649-659.

Fleming, R.J., 1973: Gravitational adjustment in phase space, J. Appl. Meteor., 12: 1114-1128.

Fleming, R.J., 1972: Predictability with and without the influence of random external forces, J. Appl. Meteor., 11: 1155-1163.

Fleming, R. J., 1971: On Stochastic-dynamic prediction: II. Predictability and utility, Mon. Weather Rev., 99: 927- 938.

Fleming, R.J., 1971: On stochastic dynamic prediction: I. The energetics of uncertainty and the question of closure, Mon. Weather Rev., 99: 851-871.


Professional Memberships:

American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Geophysical Union
American Meteorological Society

Offices held:

Chairman, Probability & Statistics Committee, AMS (1976 – 1977)
Secretary, Atmospheric Science Section, AGU (1984 – 1986)
Member, Board on Women and Minorities, AMS (1986 – 1991)
Prominent Committees/ Panels/Delegations:
Member, United States FGGE Panel of the World Meteorological Organization, 1976-1981
Chief Delegate, First United States Ocean Climate Delegation to the People’s Republic of China, 1982
National Academy of Science (NAS) Liaison:
NOAA representative to U.S. GARP Committee, 1978-1985
Climate Research Committee, 1980-1983
Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, 1983-1984
Member, National American Observing System (NAOS) Council (1996 – 2000)
Member, GCOS/WCRP Atmospheric Observations Panel for Climate (1997 – 2000)
Member, NOAA’s Council on Long-term Climate Monitoring (1998 – 2001)