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Meet Bob Rauber at the Department of Atmospheric Sciences

Head of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences
University of Illinois
3074 Natural History Building MC-104
1301 W. Green St.
Urbana, IL 61801

PH: 217-333-2835
FX: 217-244-1752
Email: r-rauber@illinois.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Experience Earth Science with fresh eyes!
Steve Marshak and Bob Rauber bring years of classroom and research experience to this remarkable new book and media package, which covers geology, oceanography, atmospheric science, and astronomy. Our narrative approach to the content and innovative integration of new visual and interactive resources guides students to a clearer, more applicable understanding of the entire Earth System.

Earth Science Textbook
Severe and Hazardous Weather:
An Introduction to High Impact Meteorology
In 2017, the fifth edition of our popular textbook, Severe and Hazardous Weather, arrived in university bookstores nationwide. Since the first edition was published in 2002, Severe and Hazardous Weather has been used in almost 100 colleges and universities.
Severe and Hazardous Weather Textbook

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Consider The University of Illinois!

Below is a summary of my activities at the University of Illinois. If these match your research interests, I would like to hear from you. For more details about my activities, follow the links above, which summarize my publications, research projects, teaching, and field experience.


I maintain active programs in the fields of mesoscale meteorology, radar meteorology and precipitation physics. I currently have three research grants from the Natural Science Foundation. Much of my work involves collaborative efforts with other faculty members and scientists from other institutions. I love field research -- there is nothing more exciting in atmospheric science than living through (and flying through!) the weather you ultimately study, especially when you are using the most sophisticated state-of-the-art instruments. Field campaigns lead to new discoveries, the most exciting aspect of science.


Recent field campaigns I have been involved in include the Southern Ocean Clouds, Radiation, Aerosol Transport Experimental Study (SOCRATES), which took place over the Southern Ocean in the winter of 2017-18, the Seeded and Natural Orographic Wintertime Clouds: The Idaho Experiment (SNOWIE), which took place in the Payette Mountains of Idaho in the winter of 2016-17, the Plains Elevated Convection at Night (PECAN) experiment, which took place on the high plains of the U.S. in the summer of 2015, the Profiling of Winter Storms (PLOWS) experiment, which took place across the midwestern United States in the winters of 2008-09 and 2009-10, the Rain in Cumulus over the Ocean study (RICO), which was conducted in Antigua and Barbuda, two Caribbean islands in late 2004, and 2005, and the Bow Echo and Mesoscale Convective Vortex Experiment (BAMEX), which was held in the central United States in late Spring of 2003.


I require my graduate students to produce research of publication quality and I encourage them all to participate, and preferably take the lead, in publication of their work. Most of my graduated students have published their research. I also strongly encourage all my students to present the results of their research at national and international scientific conferences. I believe it is critical for their self-development to have these opportunities for national exposure. In addition, exposure enhances their employment opportunities. I make every attempt to include my students in national field research programs. I have given many students, including department students not directly under my supervision, the opportunity to participate in national field programs that involve scientists from many universities, national centers and laboratories. My grants will have supported student participation in eighteen field projects by the end of 2018. I also involve many of my students in collaborative research with colleagues at other institutions.

P-3 aircraft with a sunset behind it.
P-3 Aircraft at sunset (PECAN)

Winter storm slices through Midwest.
Winter storm through Midwest

Clouds near Antigua during RICO
Clouds near Antigua during RICO

Shelf cloud approaching.
Shelf cloud of an MCS (BAMEX)