Scot Rafkin, Ph.D.

Planetary and Atmospheric Scientist.
Meteorologist of Earth and Other Worlds.

Scot Rafkin

Director, Department of Space Studies
Solar System Science & Exploration Division
Soutwest Research Institute
Boulder, Colorado, USA

About Me

I am the Director of the Department of Space Studies at Southwest Research Institute and a planetary and atmospheric scientist. My area of expertise is in the development and application of mesoscale and microscale models of planetary atmospheres--especially Earth, Mars, and Titan. I also develop spaceflight instrumentation and lead efforts to measure planetary atmospheres in situ and remotely. I am a science team member on the NASA Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover and the Dragonfly mission to Titan. I have supported atmospheric characterization studies for the entry, descent, and landing for numerous Mars missions.



Mars Science Laboratory Meteorological Data Analysis

Characterization of Titan's Planetary Boundary Layer Through Large Eddy Simulation.

Development of the Laser Absorption Spectrometer for Volatiles and Evolved Gas (LASVEGAS) for the Earth's Moon and Icy Moons.

Identifying Mesoscale Phenomena in the Mars Climate Sounder Data.

Atmospheric Characterization for the Mars Sample Return MIssion.

Mars Planetary Protection: Atmospheric Transport of Contaminants on Mars.

WindMapper: A proposal to the NASA Earth System Exploration Mission Program to Obtain Accurate Vertically-Resolved Wind from Orbit.

Contact Me

Southwest Research Institute, 1050 Walnut Street, Suite 300, Boulder, Colorado, USA 80302

Phone: +1 720 240 0116

Email: scot.rafkin (at) swri(dot) org