Profile for David Starr
Office Phone: 301-614-6191
Ph.D. - 1982 - Atmospheric Sciences - Colorado State University
- Cloud Systems
- Remote Sensing
Dr. Starr became Chief of the Mesoscale Atmospheric Processes Laboratory at NASA GSFC in August 2000. The Lab is presently composed of 14 civil servants and about 65 other scientists and support personnel. Dr. Starr received his Ph.D. degree in Atmospheric Science from Colorado State University in 1982. He served as an assistant professor at Saint Louis University and at the State University of New York at Albany before 1987.
Dr. Starr was co-Mission Scientist for the Tropical Composition, Cloud and Climate Coupling Experiment (TC4) in 2007, the Cirrus Regional Study of Tropical Anvils and Layers - Florida Area Cirrus Experiment (CRYSTAL-FACE) in 2002, and the 1996 joint AEAP/FIRE Subsonic Assessment: Contrail and Cloud Effects Special Study (SUCCESS). He was Lead Scientist for the FIRE Cirrus Intensive Field campaigns in 1986 and 1991. He participated in other airborne measurement programs including the 1974 GARP Atlantic Tropical Experiment (GATE), NASA's TOGA-COARE mission in 1993, and DoE's Tropical Western Pacific International Cloud Experiment (TWP-ICE) in 2006.
He served on the ad hoc science steering committee for the GEWEX Water Vapor Project (GVaP), the AMS Committee on Cloud Physics (1987-1992), and presently serves on the International Commission on Clouds and Precipitation (since 1996, elected Secretary in 2000). Dr. Starr chaired the GEWEX Cloud System Study (GCSS) Working Group on Cirrus Cloud Systems from 1995 to 2002, and organized three international workshops on cirrus cloud modeling (1997, 1999 and 2000). In 1998, he helped organize and served as general co-chair for the Optical Society of America Cirrus-98 Conference that produced a wide-ranging review of current knowledge of cirrus clouds.
Dr. Starr has served as Validation Scientist for the NASA Earth Observing System (EOS) Project Science Office since 1995. He has organized various workshops and developed and managed the NASA EOS Validation Program, primarily for Terra and Aqua. Dr. Starr developed and managed the review and selection process for two NASA Research Announcements for the EOS Validation Program (Terra/SAGE-III in 1996, and Aqua/EOS-Spectroscopy in 2000/2001). He also helped coordinate airborne mission planning and various field experiments focused on validation of EOS data products, including SAFARI-2000 and 8 aircraft deployments for Aqua/AMSR-E validation in 2003. He led the IPO/JPSS Working Group on Validation of VIIRS Aerosol and Cloud Environmental Data Records from 2008 to 2011. Dr. Starr is presenty Science Study Lead for the Aerosols, Clouds and Ecosystems (ACE) Tier-2 Decadal Survey mission (pre-formulation) and continues to assist EOS Project Science Office.
Dr. Starr has authored or co-authored 59 articles in the refereed literature and was awarded the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal in 1993 for his work to increase understanding of cirrus clouds and their effects in the climate system. He was awarded the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal in 2009.
Evans, K. F., J. R. Wang, D. O'C Starr, G. Heymsfield, L. Li, L. Tian, R. P. Lawson, A. J. Heymsfield, and A. Bansemer (2012). Ice hydrometeor profile retrieval algorithm for high-frequency microwave radiometers: Application to the CoSSIR instrument during TC4. Atmos. Meas. Tech., 5, 2277-2306
Zeng, X., W. Tao, T. Matsui, Shaocheng Xie, S. Lang, Minghua Zhang, D. Starr, X. Li, and J. Simpson (2011). Estimating the Ice Crystal Enhancement Factor in the Tropics J. Atmos. Sci., 68(7), 1424-1434
Toon O. B., D. Starr, E. J. Jensen, P. A. Newman, S.E. Platnick, M. R. Schoeberl, P. O. Wennberg, S. C. Wolsy, M. J. Kurylo, H. Maring, K. W. Jucks, M. S. Craig, M. F. Vasques, L. Pfister, K. H. Rosenlof, H.B. Selkirk, P. Colarco, S. R. Kawa, G. Mace, P. Minnis, and K.E. Pickering (2010). Planning, implementation, and first results of the Tropical Composition Cloud and Climate Coupling Experiment (TC4) J. Geophys. Res..
Toon O. B. , D. Starr, E. Jensen, P. Newman, S.E. Platnick, M. Schoeberl, P. Wennberg, S. Wofsy, M. Kurylo, H. Maring, K. Jucks, M. Craig, M. Vasquez, L. Pfister, K. Rosenlof, H. Selkirk, P. Colarco, R. Kawa, G. G. Mace, P. Minnis, and K. Pickering (2010). Planning and implementation of the Tropical Composition, Cloud and Climate Coupling Experiment (TC4) J. Geophys. Res, 115, D00J04.
Rickenbach T., P. Kucera, M. Gentry, L. Carey, A Lare, R.-F. Lin, B. Demoz, and D. Starr (2008). The relationship between anvil clouds and convective cells: A case study in South Florida during CRYSTAL-FACE Mon. Wea. Rev., 136(10), 3917-3932
Sassen K., L. Wang, D. Starr, J. Comstock, and M. Quante (2007). A Midlatitude Cirrus Cloud Climatology from the Facility for Atmospheric Remote Sensing J. Atmos. Sci., 64(7), 2483-2501
Demoz B., D. Starr, K. Evans, A. Lare, D. Whiteman, G. Schwemmer, R. Ferrare, J. Goldsmith, and S. Bisson (2005). The cold front of 15 April 1994 over central U.S. Part I: Observations Mon. Weather. Rev., 133(6), 1525-1543
Demoz B. B., D.O.C. Starr, K. D. Evans, A. R. Lare, D.N. Whiteman, G. Schwemmer, R. A. Ferrare, J. E. M. Goldsmith, and S. E. Bisson (2005). The cold front of 15 April 1994 over the central United States. Part I: Observations Mon. Wea. Rev., 133, 1525-1543
Randall D., S. Krueger, C. Bretherton, J. Curry, P. Duynkerke, M. Moncrieff, B. Ryan, D. Starr, M. Miller, W. Rossow, G. Tselioudis, and B. Wielicki (2003). Confronting models with data: The GEWEX Cloud Systems Study Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 84, 455-469
Tao W. -K., J. Simpson, D. Baker, S.A. Braun, M.-D. Chou, B. Ferrier, D. Johnson, A. Khain, S. Lang, B. Lynn, C.-L. Shie, D. Starr, C.-H. Sui, Y. Wang, and P. Wetzel (2003). Microphysics, radiation and surface processes in a non-hydrostatic model Meteor. Atmos. Phy., 82, 97-137
Tao W. -K., R.F. Adler, D. Baker, S.A. Braun, M.-D. Chou, M. Jasinski, Y. Jia, R. Kakar, M. Karyampudi, S. Lang, W. K.-M. Lau, B. Lynn, Z.-X. Pu, M. Shepherd, J. Simpson, D. Starr, Y. Wang, W. Weinman, and P. Wetzel (2003). Regional Scale Modeling at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Recent Research Developments in Atmospheric Science Research Signpost, 2, 1-52
Tao W.-K., J. Simpson, D. Baker, S. Braun, M. -D. Chou, B. Ferrier, D. Johnson, A. Khain, S. Lang, B. Lynn, C.-L. Shie, D. Starr, C. -H. Sui, Y. Wang, and P. Wetzel (2003). Microphysics, radiation and surface processes in the Goddard Cumulus Ensemble (GCM) model Meteor. Atmos. Phys., 82, 97-137
Otterman J., J. Angell, R. Atlas, D. Bungato, S. Schubert, D. Starr, J. Susskind, and M.-L. Wu (2002). Advection from the north Atlantic as the forcing of winter effect over Europe Geophys. Res. Lett., 29(8).
Otterman J., K. J . Angell, J. Ardizzone, R. Atlas, S. Schubert, D. Starr, and M.-L. Wu (2002). North-Atlantic surface winds examined as the source of winter warming in Europe Geophys. Res. Lett., 29(19), 81-1 82-4
Otterman J., J. Ardizzone, R. Atlas, D. Bungato, J. Cierniewski, J.C. Jusem, R. Przybylak, S. Schubert, D. Starr, J. Walczewski, and A. Wos (2001). The variability of winter air temperature in mid-latitude Europe Geogr. Polonica, 74, 67-77
Whiteman, D., G. Schwemmer, D. Starr, K. Evans, B. Demoz, T. Berkoff, S. Melfi, M. Cadirola, and G. Jedlovec (2001). The use of raman lidar in cloud studies, advances in laser remote sensing E. Poly., pp. 271-274
Otterman J., R. Atlas, J. Ardizonne, T. Brakke, S. -H. Chou, J.C. Jusem, M. Glantz, J. Rogers, Y. Sud, J. Susskind, D. Starr, and J. Terry (2000). Extreme winter/early spring temperature anomalies in central Europe Research Reports Yagellonian University, 15, 193-200
Otterman J., R. Atlas, J. Ardizzone, D. Starr, J.C. Jusem, and J. Terry (2000). Relationship of Late-Winter Temperatures in Europe and Western Asia to North Atlantic Surface Winds: A Correlation Analysis Theor. Appl. Clim., 64, 201-211
Demoz B., D. Starr, D. Whiteman, K. Evans, D. Hlavka, J. Campbell, G. Schwemmer, M. Cadirola, H. Melfi, and D. Turner (1999). Determination of cloud base height using Raman Lidar Proceedings of the Ninth ARM Science Team Meeting
Otterman J., R. Atlas, J. Ardizzone, D. Starr, J.C. Jusem, and J. Terry (1999). Relationship of Late-Winter Temperatures in Europe and Western Asia to North Atlantic Surface Winds: A Correlation Analysis Theor. Appl. Clim., 64, 201-211
Demoz B., D. Starr, K. Evans, D. Whiteman, S. Melfi, D. Turner, R. Ferrare, J. Goldsmith, G. Schwemmer, and M. Cadirola (1998). Towards Quantifying Mesoscale Flows in the Troposphere Using Raman Lidar and Sondes 19th International Laser Radar Conference
Otterman J., D. Starr, R. Atlas, J. Ardizzone, and J. Terry (1998). Space Observations of Ocean Surface Winds Aid Monitoring of Northeast Pacific Climate Shifts Eos, Trans. Amer. Geophys. Union., 79, 575/581
Otterman J., D. Starr, T. Brakke, R. Davies, H. Jacobowitz, A. Mehta, F. Cheruy, and C. Prabhakara (1997). Modeling zenith-angle dependence of outgoing-longwave radiation: Implication for flux measurements Remote Sens. Environ., 62, 91-100