Michael Battalio

I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.  I work with Helen Wang on creating Mars Daily Global Maps. My research investigates the development and climatology of dust storms on Mars.  I previously worked operations as Environmental Theme Lead for the Mars Science Laboratory (Curiosity).  My Ph.D. is in Atmospheric Dynamics from Texas A&M University.  I have an MS in Meteorology from Mississippi State University and a BS in Physics and a BS in Meteorology (communication, mathematics and music minors).  I am a graduate fellow of the American Meteorological Society.  I invite you to find out more about me on my personal website or download my CV.

Please feel free to contact me with questions on research, collaborations, or just to chat at joseph.battalio[at]cfa.harvard.edu.
I primarily study the atmospheric dynamics of transient eddies both on Earth and Mars.

A paper on a recently described storm track in the southern hemisphere of Mars is published in Icarus. Read more about this storm track.

Currently, one more paper on Mars atmosphere energetics is in prep, on the spectral decomposition of waves with respect to the pause in eddy activity during the winter solstice and the nature of the midlatitude jet. For more go to the Mars Transient Eddy project page.

Below is an image of a Dust Devil search performed on Sol 959 that I instructed Curiosity to take when I was on the operations team from 2013-2017.  I was also a blogger for JPL discussing MSL operations, like this post for Sol 1700 where I describe how we take optical depth measurements. For more images go to the JPL multimedia gallery.

I also study atmospheric dynamics more generally. See the QG Omega or Climate Energetics project pages.  Other research topics include the three-dimensional patterns of divergence, vorticity, and vertical velocity in synoptic systems.  I am particularly interested in the elucidation of the atmospheric dynamics of exoplanets via observed temperature profiles and/or global circulation models and would enjoy collaborations working in those areas.
Battalio, J.M., Wang, H.Q. The Aonia-Solis_Valles dust storm track in the southern hemisphere of Mars Icarus 321 (2019): 367-378. doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2018.10.026.

Battalio, J.M., Istvan Szunyogh, and Mark T. Lemmon Wave energetics of the southern hemisphere of Mars Icarus 309 (2018): 220-240. doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2018.03.015.

Guzewich, S. D. , C. E. Newman, M. D. Smith, J. E. Moores, C. L. Smith, C. Moore, M. I. Richardson, D. Kass, A. Kleinböhl, M. Mischna, F. J. Martin-Torres, M-P. Zorzano-Mier, Battalio, J.M. The Vertical Dust Profile over Gale Crater, Mars Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets 122 (2017): doi:10.1002/2017JE005420.

Battalio, J.M. and Jamie Dyer The Minimum Length Scale for Evaluating QG Omega Using High Resolution Model Data Monthly Weather Review 145 (2017): 1659-1678. doi:10.1175/MWR-D-16-0241.1.

Battalio, J. M., Istvan Szunyogh, and Mark T. Lemmon Energetics of the Martian Atmosphere Using the Mars Analysis Correction Data Assimilation (MACDA) dataset Icarus 276 (2016): 1-20. doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2016.04.028.

Newman, Claire, Javier Gómez-Elvira, Mark Richardson, Mercedes Marín, Sara Navarro, Josefina Torres, J. Michael Battalio, Scott Guzewich, Robert Sullivan, Manuel de la Torre, Ashwin Vasavada, and Nathan Bridges. Winds Measured by the Rover Environmental Monitoring Station (REMS) during the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Rover's Bagnold Dunes Campaign and Comparison with Numerical Modeling using MarsWRF Icarus 291 (2017): 203-231. doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2016.12.016.
Last updated:  November 14, 2018 | © 2017-2018 Michael Battalio (joseph.battalio[at]cfa[dot]harvard[dot]edu)