Profile for Gail Skofronick-Jackson

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Title: Code 612 Laboratory Chief
Affiliation: NASA
Contact: E-mail
Building 33, Room A416
Office Phone: 301-614-5720
Fax: 301-614-5492


Georgia Institute of Technology

    Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, October 1997

    M.S. Electrical Engineering, March 1988

Florida State University

    B.S. Electrical Engineering May 1986

Key Roles/Positions

Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission Deputy Project Scientist

Precipitation Measurement Missions (PMM) Principal Investigator and Member of Science Team

CloudSat Principal Investigator and member of Science Team

Science Co-Lead for the GPM Cold Precipitation Experiment (GCPEx) Field Campaign in Canada to measure falling snow, Jan-Feb 2012


Gail's research interests include using satellite remote sensing to estimate rain rate, to detect and estimate snowfall rate, and to retrieve the vertical profiles of clouds. She leads a team developing falling snow detection and estimation algorithms. She also uses her electrical engineering and science skills to design instruments for remotely measuring the Earth’s falling rain and snow. Prior to embarking on her falling snow research, Gail investigated frozen drops in the upper parts of hurricane clouds. She uses high frequency active and passive microwave imagery to perform investigate frozen particles in clouds.

Professional Society Memberships

Member, IEEE, Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society member (Since 1984)

Member, American Meteorological Society (Since 1993)

Member, American Geophysical Union (Since 1995)


Ferraro, R., C. Peters-Lidard, C. Hernandez, F. J. Turk, F. Aires, C. Prigent, X. Lin, S. Boukabara, K. Gopalan, K. Harrison, F. Karbou, L. Li, C. Liu, H. Masunaga, L. Moy, S. Ringerud, G. Skofronick-Jackson, Y. Tian, and N.-Y. Wang (2013). An Evaluation of Microwave Land Surface Emissivities over the Continental United States to Benefit GPM-Era Precipitation Algorithms IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 51(1), 378-398

Munchak, S., and G. Skofronick-Jackson (2013). Evaluation of Precipitation Detection over Various Surfaces from Passive Microwave Imagers and Sounders Atmospheric Research - Elsevier, 131, 81-94

Skofronick-Jackson, G., B. Johnson, and S.J. Munchak (2013). Detection Thresholds of Falling Snow from Satellite-Borne Active Passive Sensors IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 51(7), 4177-4189

Wang, J., G. Skofronick-Jackson, M. Schwaller, C. Johnson, B. Monosmith, and Z. Zhang (2013). Observations of Storm Signatures by the Recently Modified Conical Scanning Millimeter-wave Imaging Radiometer IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 51(1), 411-424

Foster, J., G. Skofronick-Jackson, H. Meng, J. R. Wang, G. Riggs, P. J. Kocin, B. T. Johnson, J. Cohen, D. K. Hall, and S. V. Nghiem (2012). Passive Microwave Remote Sensing of the Historic February 2010 Snow Storms in the Middle Atlantic Region of the U.S. Hydrol. Processes, 26(22), 3459-3471

Skofronick-Jackson, G., and B. Johnson (2011). Surface and atmospheric contributions to passive microwave brightness temperatures for falling snow events J. Geophys. Res. Atmos. TC4 Issue, 116(D02213), 16 Pages

Shi, R., R. Fernandez-Borda, W.-K. Tao, T. Matsui, R. Cifelli, A. Hou, S. Lang, A. Tokay, C. Peters-Lidard, G. Skofronick-Jackson, S. Rutledge, and W. Petersen (2010). WRF Simulations of the January 20-22 2007 Snow Events over Eastern Canada: Comparison with in-situ and Satellite Observations J. Appl. Meteor. Clim., 49, 2246–2266

Chandrasekar V., A. Hou, E. Smith, V.N. Bringi, S.A. Rutledge, E. Gorgucci, W.A. Petersen, and G. Skofronick-Jackson (2008). Potential role of dual polarization radar in the validation of satellite precipitation measurements: rationale and opportunities Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 89(8), 1127-1145

Hou, A., C. Kummerow, G. Skofronick-Jackson, and J.M. Shepherd (2008). Global Precipitation Measurement, Chapter 6 in Precipitation: Advances in Measurement, Estimation and Prediction Springer-Verlag, 540

Kim M.J., J.A. Weinman, W.S. Olson, D.-E. Chang, G. Skofronick-Jackson, and J.R. Wang (2008). A physical model to estimate snowfall over land using AMSU-B observations J. Geophys. Res., 113(D09201).

Skofronick-Jackson, G., A. Heymsfield, E. Holthaus, C. Albers, and M.-J. Kim (2008). Nonspherical and spherical characterization of ice in Hurricane Erin for wideband passive microwave comparisons J. Geophys. Res., 113(D06201).

Hou, A., M. and Shepherd, C. Kummerow, and G. Skofronick-Jackson (2007). Global Precipitation Measurements, Precipitation: Advances in Measurements, Estimation, and Prediction, 1-39

Kim M.-J., G.M. Skofronick-Jackson, and J.A. Weinman (2004). Intercomparison of Millimeter-Wave Radiative Transfer Models IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sens., 42(9), 1882-1890

Skofronick-Jackson, G. (2004). Brightness temperature sensitivity to variations in solid precipitation cloud profiles Proc. IGARSS 2004, 2, 1378-1381

Skofronick-Jackson G.M., M.-J. Kim, J.A. Weinman, and D.-E. Chang (2004). A Physical Model to Determine Snowfall Over Land by Microwave Radiometery IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sens., 42(5), 1047-1058

Skofronick-Jackson G., J. Wang, G.M. Heymsfield, R. Hood, W. Manning, R. Meneghini, and J. Weinman (2003). Combined radiometer-radar microphysical profile estimations with emphasis on high-frequency brightness temperature observations J. Appl. Meteor., 42(4), 476-487

Skofronick-Jackson G.M., A.J. Gasiewski, and J.R. Wang (2002). Influence of Microphysical Cloud Parameterizations on Microwave Brightness Temperatures IEEE Trans. Geosci. Rem. Sens., 40(1), 187-196

Skofronick-Jackson G.M., and A.J. Gasiewski (2000). A nonlinear multispectral statistical CLEAN-based precipitation parameter-retrieval algorithm. IEEE Trans. Geosci. Rem. Sens., 38(1), 226-237

Skofronick-Jackson G.M., and J.R. Wang (2000). The estimation of hydrometeor profiles from wideband microwave observations. J. Appl. Meteor., 39(10), 1645-1656

Skofronick-Jackson, G., and A. J. Gasiewski (1995, July). Nonlinear Statistical Retrievals of Ice Content and Rain Rate from Passive Microwave Observations of a Simulated Convective Storm IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sens., 33, pp. 957-970

T. Birch, G. Skofronick, and J.W. Nelson (1987). Triggered Beam Pulsar and Current Integrator for PIXE Analysis Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, pp. 96-98