Carrie Olheiser, a scientist within RTI's Center for Water Resources, is a cold-regions hydrologist with more than 20 years of professional experience in snow hydrology. At RTI, Ms. Olheiser serves as the subject matter expert on the Airborne Gamma Snow and Soil Moisture Survey and the National Snow Analysis, including the Snow Data Assimilation System (SNODAS) Snow Modeling in the Water Prediction Operations Division of the National Water Center.
Her roles include the calibration, implementation and evaluation of the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration's (NOAA) newest aircraft. She works alongside NOAA Corps aviators in one of the NOAA’s most complicated flight profiles. Additionally, Ms. Olheiser coordinates and collaborates snow surveys with the National Weather Service (NWS) River Forecast Centers and Weather Forecast Offices, assimilates observed snowpack measurements into the SNODAS model, and presents the state-of-the-science of NWS Snow Modeling to varied groups, conferences, and stakeholders. Ms. Olheiser is also the only qualified Gamma Snow Survey sensor operator for NOAA’s newest aircraft, the Beechcraft King Air (ER-350), and spends a significant amount of time flying around the country collecting vital information on the nation’s snowpack and soil moisture values.
In addition to her work, Ms. Olheiser is CPPM certified and holds a professional membership with the American Meteorological Society.