Vanessa Caicedo


Assistant Research Scientist

Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology


Ph.D. Atmospheric Science, University of Houston


Dr. Caicedo obtained a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Houston where her research was based upon the retrieval of the planetary boundary layer height, coastal boundary layer evolution and climatology, and the evaluation of observed and simulated boundary layer dynamics in urban-coastal environments using remote sensing methods. Dr. Caicedo joins the Atmospheric Lidar Group at UMBC JCET to work on planetary boundary layer height retrieval methodology, boundary layer meteorology, air quality and atmospheric chemistry. 

Research Interests

Her research interests include atmospheric remote sensing, planetary boundary-layer dynamics, air quality modeling, bay/sea-breeze effects on planetary boundary layer and air quality.


Caicedo, V., R. Delgado, R. Sakai, T. Knepp, D. Williams, K. Cavender, B. Lefer, and J. Szykman, An automated common algorithm for planetary boundary layer retrievals using aerosol lidars in support of the U.S. EPA Photochemical Assessment Monitoring Stations Program. J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol., doi:

Caicedo, V., B. Rappenglueck, G. Cuchiara, J. Flynn, R. Ferrare, A.J. Scarino, T. Berkoff, C. Senff, A. Langford, and B. Lefer. (2019). Bay and sea-breeze circulations impacts on the planetary boundary layer and air quality from an observed and modeled DISCOVER-AQ Texas case study, Journal of Geophysical Research, doi:10.1029/2019JD030523

Caicedo, V., Rappenglueck, B., Lefer, B., Toledo, R., Delgado, R. (2017). Comparison of aerosol LIDAR retrieval methods for boundary layer height detection using ceilometer backscatter data (vol. 10, pp. 1609–1622). Atmospheric Measurement Techniques.