Craig Clements

clements  Craig B. Clements

  Director, Fire Weather Research Laboratory

  Phone: (408) 924-1677
  Fax:     (408) 924-5191



  Duncan Hall 620
  One Washington Square
  San Jose, CA 95192-0104

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B.S.  Geography,   University of Nevada, Reno
M.S.  Meteorology, University of Utah
Ph.D. Geophysics,  University of Houston

Research and teaching focus 

Wildfire meteorology and fire weather, extreme fire behavior, mountain and boundary-layer meteorology, turbulence, and meteorological instrumentation.


Scientific American, Rolling Stone, NYT, CNN, Time, NPR, PBS NOVAEarth 


National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2012 

SJSU Research Foundation Early Career Investigator Award, 2010

Courses Taught

Metr 115: Wildfire in the Earth System (Area R)

Metr 163: Meteorological Instrumentation 

Metr 164: Introduction to Fire Weather

Metr 165: Mountain Meteorology

Selected Publications 

Brewer, M. and C.B. Clements, 2020: The 2018 Camp Fire: Meteorological analysis using in situ observations and numerical simulations, Atmosphere, 2020, 11, 47.

Clements, C. B., A. K. Kochanski, D. Seto, B. Davis, C. Camacho, N. P. Lareau, J. Contezac, W. E. Heilman, S     K. Krueger, B. Butler, J. Restaino, R. D. Ottmar, R. Vihnanek, J. Flynn, Jean-Baptiste Filippi, T. Barboni, D.   E. Hall, J. Mandel, M. A. Jenkins, and J. O’Brien, B. Hornsby, and C. Teske, 2019: The FireFlux II Experiment (FF2): A model-guided field experiment to understand fire-atmosphere interactions and fire spread.   International Journal of Wildland Fire, 28(4), 308-326.

Prichard S., Larkin N.K., Ottmar R.D., French N.H.F., Brown T., Baker K., Clements C., Dickinson M., Hudak A., Kochanski A., Linn R., Liu Y., Potter B., Mell W., Tanzer D., Urbanski S., Watts A., 2019: The Fire and Smoke Model Evaluation Experiment – a plan for integrated, large fire-atmosphere field campaigns. Atmosphere, 10(2) 66.

Clements, C. B., N. P. Lareau, D. E. Kingsmill, C. L. Bowers, C. P. Camacho, R. Bagley and B. Davis, 2018: The Rapid Deployments to Wildfires Experiment (RaDFIRE): Observations from the fire zone. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc.,99, 2539-2559. 

Lareau, N.P., and Clements, C.B., 2017: The Mean and Turbulent Properties of a Wildfire Convective PlumeJournal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 56(8), 2289–2299. 

Lareau, N. P. and C.B. Clements, 2016: Environmental controls on pyrocumulus and pyrocumulonimbus initiation and development, Atmos. Chem. Phys. 16, 4005-4022

Clements, CB, Lareau N, Seto D, Contezac J, Davis B, Teske C, Zajkowski TJ, Hudak A, Bright B, Dickenson MB, Butler B, Jimenez D, Heirs JK, 2016: Fire weather conditions and fire-atmosphere interactions  observed during low-intensity prescribed fires —RxCADRE 2012. International Journal of Wildland Fire. 25(1), 90-101.

Clements, C.B., and Seto, D., 2015: Observations of fire-atmosphere interactions and near-surface heat transport on a slope. Boundary-Layer Meteorology. 154, 409–426.

Clements, C. B. and A. Oliphant 2014: The California State University- Mobile Atmospheric Profiling System: A  facility for research and education in boundary-layer meteorology. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 95, 1713–1724.

Charland, A. and Clements, C. B., 2013: Kinematic structure of a wildland fire plume observed by Doppler lidar, Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, 118, 3200-3212.

Seto, D., C. B., Clements, and W.E. Heilman, 2013: Turbulence spectra measured during fire front passage.  Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 169, 195– 210.

Kiefer, C. M., Clements, C. B., and B.E. Potter, 2012: Application of a Mini-Unmanned Aircraft System for In situ Monitoring of Fire Plume Thermodynamics Properties, Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology,29(3), 309-315.

Seto, D., and C. B., Clements, 2011: Fire Whirl Evolution Observed during a Valley Wind-Sea Breeze Reversal. Journal of Combustion, Vol. 2011, 13 pages. 

Clements, C. B., 2010: Thermodynamic structure of a grass fire plume. International Journal of Wildland Fire,  19, 895–902.

Clements, C. B., S. Zhong, S. Goodrick, J. Li, X. Bian, B.E. Potter, W. E. Heilman, J.J. Charney, R. Perna, M. Jang, D. Lee, M.Patel,S. Street and G. Aumann, 2007: Observing the Dynamics of Wildland Grass Fires: FireFlux- A Field Validation Experiment. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 88(9), 1369-1382.

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