...developing products from environmental satellites for improved monitoring of the earth-atmosphere...


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Jeff Key, the branch chief, specializes in high-latitude satellite meteorology and climatology. He is interested in cloud-sea ice interactions, polar climate change, and space-based monitoring of snow and ice for operational applications and climate studies. He has developed satellite products for polar winds, snow and ice characteristics, cloud properties, and surface radiative fluxes. Contact Jeff Key

Mark Kulie is a precipitation remote sensing specialist. He uses both satellite and ground-based radar and microwave radiometer observations for quantitative precipitation estimation (QPE). His current research focuses on satellite-based global snowfall dataset development and evaluation, global snowfall variability, GOES-NEXRAD data fusion product development for lake-effect snow nowcasting, and in-situ snow microphysics measurements to improve remote sensing and numerical weather prediction QPE. Contact Mark Kulie

Mike Pavolonis specializes in cloud remote sensing and cloud radiative impact studies and working with big data, including ProbSevere which is a statistical model that predicts the likelihood of a storm producing severe weather within the next 60 minutes. He utilizes geostationary and polar orbiting satellite instruments in his research and has developed cloud-related algorithms for new instruments as well. He is engaged in research related to the remote sensing of volcanic aerosols and fog and low cloud. Contact Mike Pavolonis

Yinghui Liu is interested in the areas of satellite remote sensing, satellite meteorology and climatology. His current work is on snow and ice product development and validation with VIIRS and ABI. He is also interested in assimilation of ice products in numerical models, and ocean-sea ice-atmosphere interactions in the polar regions. Contact Yinghui Liu

Tim Schmit's main responsibilities include new and future GOES instruments , including GOES-16 and -17 ABI, GOES calibration issues, and turning GOES satellite data into meteorological information. Contact Tim Schmit

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Andrew Heidinger is involved mainly with cloud remote sensing research. His projects include the develop of algorithms for new sensors ( VIIRS and ABI ) and the generation and analysis of cloud climatologies from AVHRR. His interests also include radiative transfer modeling and calibration studies. Andy is now the GeoXO senior scientist. Contact Andrew Heidinger

R. Bradley Pierce's research focuses on development of applications of satellite composition measurements for air quality forecasting and assessment. Current activities include the development and transition of air quality research data sets and forecast products to operational use within NOAA/NESDIS, performing satellite composition measurement model impact studies, and participation in airborne field campaigns. Contact Brad Pierce

Bob Aune's expertise is in the area of satellite data assimilation. He is currently examining ways to improve the initial moisture and cloud fields in both research and operational forecast models using retrieved observations from the GOES sounders. He is also conducting Observing System Simulation Experiments (OSSEs) to assess the potential value of future observing systems. Contact Bob Aune

W. Paul Menzel retired in January 2007, having been the Senior Scientist in the NOAA/NESDIS Center for SaTellite Applications and Research (STAR). He then returned to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as a Senior Scientist at the Space Science and Engineering Center as well as the Verner Suomi Distinguished Professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. He continues to specialize in calibration of infrared remote sensing radiometers, radiative transfer in the atmosphere, cloud studies with multispectral instruments (HIRS, MODIS), and evolving the current sounders into the hyperspectral realm. Contact Paul Menzel

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Elaine Prins retired from federal service in late 2004 and resides in northern California. She specialized in the design and evaluation of geostationary satellite applications for earth system science studies. Her research focused on satellite observation and analysis of biomass burning and implications on the environment and climate change.

Gary S. Wade advocates more extensive and easier-to-use application of satellite data, particularly products from the GOES Sounder. His support and monitoring of real-time GOES processing at CIMSS and the resulting dissemination of such data (as onto the Web) originate within a McIDAS environment. His evaluations of the use of GOES data to improve depictions of the atmosphere focus on developing effective displays, enhancements, and animations of GOES Derived Product Images (DPI) as well as on quantitative comparisons with other data sources. Gaining confidence in the quality of GOES Sounder products is desirable for promotion and use of the "legacy soundings" to be made by the new GOES-R series.

Ana Picon is an engineering graduate student from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez , which is a participating institution in NOAA's Cooperative Remote Sensing Science and Technology Center ( CREST ). She also worked in the Climate Modeling Group, within the university's Electrical and Computer Engineering Department , which focused on remote sensing and climate studies applicable to the Caribbean region. Her research interests at CIMSS during her summer 2003 stay were in the application of satellite remote sensing to cloud information. She returned to Puerto Rico in August 2003.

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Geary Callan   (1946-2005) retired in early 2004, after 35 years of federal service, and moved to the Houston, Texas area. He had specialized in computer software development related to numerical models and satellite retrievals. He also had maintained decoders of GRIded Binary (GRIB) data and Binary Universal Form Representation (BUFR) data.

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