SCIPP Advisory Committee

David Schlotzhauer

CEM Hydrologist
NWS Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center


Mr. Schlotzhauer is currently a Hydrologist at the National Weather Service's Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center (LMRFC). His main responsibility is forecasting river stages and flooding on rivers in the 220,000 square mile LMRFC area of responsibility. Secondary responsibilities revolve around supporting partners and customers by providing decision support services for specific needs. Prior to entering the weather service he had an extensive career in emergency management, working for the Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (GOHSEP) and the U.S. Department of Energy's Strategic Petroleum Reserve. At GOHSEP he liaised with the NWS to obtain their support for emergency situations. Over the years he planned for and responded to events and emergencies ranging from Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav, and Ike, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and SuperBowl 47. His goal in working for the NWS is to utilize his experience as an Emergency Manager to enable the NWS to provide better service to the emergency management community. Mr. Schlotzhauer earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Life Science (1986) and Geological Engineering (1988) from the University of Missouri and Rolla and a Master of Science in Meteorology (2012) from Mississippi State University. He received his Certified Emergency Manager credential in 2011.