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Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (APS) Researchers

  • Ph.D., University of Arizona (1998)
  • Interests: Improving our remote sensing capability for the Earth-atmosphere system is my primary research goal. This work has several aspects, including: Development of new tools for modeling radiative transfer more efficiently and accurately
  • Ph.D., The College of William & Mary (1967)
  • Interests: Dr. McCormick’s research has been focused on ground-based, airborne and satellite lidar and limb extinction (occultation) techniques for global characterization of aerosols, clouds, ozone and other atmospheric species


  • Ph.D., University of Michigan (1970)
  • Interests: Atmospheric Science, Remote Sensing, and Satellite Data Analysis
  • Ph.D., North Carolina State University (1998)
  • Interests: Analyzing data from satellite-based instruments, develop reference global aerosol, trace gas climatologies and time series analysis with a special emphasis on trend detection and climate change
  • Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles (1997)
  • Interests: The behavior of planetary interiors is my primary interest, and I am most interested in the dynamics of processes that drive geologic activity in the Earth and other solid bodies. This has lead me to study the thermal evolution of the Earth and other planets, focusing on the means by which heat is generated within and transported through their interiors. I am also interested in the interaction between interior dynamics and celestial mechanics, studying the way tidal forces deform and heat planets and moons. The early history of the Earth-Moon system and the thermal history of Jupiter and Saturn's large icy satellites are strongly influenced by this process. Finally I am interested in the interactions between surface processes such as weathering and the greenhouse effect and the dynamics of the solid planet, which may be behind the vast difference between the surface conditions on Earth and Venus.
  • Ph.D.,Carnegie Mellon University 2002
  • Interests: AIM Data, Noctilucent clouds structure and formation
  • Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University (2003)
  • Interests: Large satellite data sets validation studies, Polar mesosphere clouds morphology, Middle to upper atmospheric dynamics, physics, and chemistry, Polar vortex dynamics and trace gases transport, general vortex dynamics, Climate variability study (data analysis and diagnostic modeling)
  • Ph.D., University of Arizona (2000)
  • Interests: Dr. Yucel's research interests include regional hydrometeorological modeling coupled with land-surface and atmosphere, numerical weather prediction, satellite data assimilation including cloud and land surface properties, and field measurements for meteorology and hydrology
  • Ph.D., Hampton University (2006)
  • Interests: Ozone studies using SAGE II, III, HALOE, POAM, and ozonesonde data including a global ozone climatology based on a model of the QBO derived from a nonlinear principal component analysis of Singapore zonal winds using a neural network
  • Ph.D., Anhui Institute of Optics & Fine Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (2007)
  • Interests: Research of atmospheric aerosol and water vapor, Calibration of CALIPSO with Ground lidar, Atmospheric optics, The design of Raman lidar system, The optic design of light splitting system, Lidar's signal process, Know well photon counting system,...
  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin (1966)
  • Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (1969)
  • Interests: Dr. Grose's research includes observational studies of dynamics and transport phenomena utilizing data from meteorological analysis and from instruments on balloon, aircraft, and satellite platforms. His research efforts include leading a team of scientists in developing a three-dimensional atmospheric simulation model with coupled radiation, chemistry, and dynamics
  • Ph.D., University of Arizona (2007)
  • Interests: Dr. Sayanagi's research interests encompass a wide range of topics in planetary atmospheres. His research activities can be categorized into three rough areas. First, he studies atmospheric dynamic phenomena by numerically modeling atmospheric features such as jetstreams, vortices and waves. Second, he analyzes images returned from space probes to analyze clouds; in particular, he analyzes the images returned from NASA's Cassini spacecraft to study the motions and properties of clouds on Saturn. Third, he develops measurement methods and image processing techniques to improve and enable new analysis of images returned from space missions.
  • Ph.D., California Institute of Technology (2010)
  • Interests: Dr. Heavens is interested in the impact clouds and aerosols have on the atmospheric dynamics, climate system, and applicable geological archives of planets in our Solar System. Specific interests include dust and water cycling on Mars; Martian gravity waves; the effects of dust cycling, wildfires, and volcanic aerosols on late Paleozoic Earth climate, and long-range sand transport in the Earth's atmosphere.
  • Ph.D., Colorado State University (2009)
  • Interests: Atmospheric Science, Optics, Remote Sensing, Wave Dynamics, Numerical Modeling and Data analysis