Dr. Robert Loughman



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Dr. Robert Loughman

Chairperson and Associate Professor

Dr. Loughman received his Bachelor of Sciences degree from the College of William and Mary in 1993 (Physics major, Mathematics minor). He then attended the University of Arizona, receiving M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Atmospheric Science in 1995 and 1998, respectively. After five years as a post doctoral Research Associate at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, he joined the faculty at Hampton University, where he is currently a Associate Professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences.

Teaching Experience: Developed undergraduate and graduate courses in Atmospheric Physics, as well as graduate courses in Atmospheric Radiative Transfer and Atmospheric Measurements.

Research InterestsImproving 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, extending knowledge of the underlying physics of the Earth-atmosphere system to identify promising measurement strategies, and development of systematic methods to forecast the expected performance of various retrieval methods (and to assess their actual performance using measured data). More specifically, retrieval of atmospheric properties from limb scattering measurements has been my primary focus, with particular interest in the areas of ozone and aerosol remote sensing.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF File)


  • D. Rault, R. Loughman and G. Taha, 2008. Data analysis and retrieval algorithms for the ozone mapping and profiler suite/limb profiler instrument. Proceedings of the SPIE, Vol. 7107, pp. 71070T-71070T-12, doi: 10.1117/12.800672.
  • D. Rault and R. Loughman, 2007. Stratospheric and upper tropospheric aerosol retrieval from limb scatter signals. Proceedings of the SPIE, Vol. 6745, pp. 674509, doi: 10.1117/12.737325.
  • R. Loughman, D.E. Flittner, B.M. Herman, P.K. Bhartia, E. Hilsenrath and R.D. McPeters, 2005. Description and sensitivity analysis of a limb scattering ozone retrieval algorithm. J. Geophys. Res., 110, doi: 10.1029/2004JD005429.
  • D.E. Flittner, E. Hilsenrath, S.J. Janz, R.P. Loughman, R.D. McPeters and D.F. Rault, 2004. Retrievals from the Limb Ozone Retrieval Experiment on STS107, Proceedings of the SPIE, Vol. 5542, pp. 215-226, doi: 10.1117/12.559746.
  • R.P. Loughman, L. Oikarinen, E. Griffioen, O.V. Postylyakov, A. Rozanov, D.E. Flittner, and D.F. Rault, 2004. Comparison of radiative transfer models for limb-viewing scattered sunlight measurements. J. Geophys. Res., 109, doi: 10.1029/2003JD003854.