Dr. Lazarus has data assimilation experience that originates from his Ph. D. work at the University of Oklahoma (The assimilation and prediction of a Florida multicell storm using single-Doppler data, see papers Lazarus et al. 1999; Lazarus et al 2001). Since then he has authored or co-authored a number of analysis/data assimilation articles involving complex terrain (Lazarus et al. 2002), sea surface temperatures (Lazarus et al. 2007), and tropical cyclone winds (Lazarus et al. 2013). More importantly, all of this work was tailored to operational meteorological applications (i.e., near real-time). Dr. Lazarus also has experience running he WRF model (e.g., see LaCasse et al. 2008) as well as coupled wind/wave models (Lazarus et al. 2013). He recently landed his second Collaborative Science, Technology, and Applied Research (CSTAR) grant. The CSTAR Program represents an NOAA/NWS effort to create a cost-effective transition from basic and applied research to operations and services through collaborative research between operational forecasters and academic institutions which have expertise in the environmental sciences (see http://www.nws.noaa.gov/ost/cstar.htm). Dr. Lazarus has also received several grants from the Kennedy Space Center for which we are developing a software interpretation tool for the National Hurricane Center’s Wind Speed Probability Forecast product (see Splitt et al. 2010). Dr. Lazarus has developed productive relationships (through various grants) with a number of operational facilities including National Weather Service Forecast Offices (Melbourne and Miami), the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP), and Short-term Prediction Research and Transition Center (SPoRT).