Profile for Matthew McGill

Title: Physical Scientist
Affiliation: NASA
Contact: E-mail
Code 613.1
Bldg 33, Rm A410
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Office Phone: 301-614-6281
Fax: 301-614-5492

Education

Ph.D. - 1996 - Atmospheric Science - University of Michigan M.S. - 1994 - Atmospheric Science - University of Michigan B.S. - 1991 - Physics - Alma College

Research Interests

  • Remote Sensing
  • Lidar
  • Doppler Lidar
  • Radiative Transfer
  • Interferometry
  • Diffractive Optics
  • Publications

    Updates to our publications records have been put on hold until a new storage and delivery system has been put in place. As a result, this information is currently out of date and does not include the most recent publications. For a more complete listing of publications, please visit the Sciences and Exporation Directorate.


    Jensen, E., G. Diskin, R. P. Lawson, S. Lance, T. P. Bui, D. Hlavka, M. McGill, Leonard Pfister, O. B. Toon, and R. Gao (2013). Ice nucleation and dehydration in the Tropical Tropopause Layer Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 110(6), 2041-2046
    10.1073/pnas.1217104410

    Hlavka, D., J. Yorks, Syuart Young, Mark A. Vaughan, Ralph Kuehn, M. McGill, and Sharon Rodier (2012). Airborne validation of cirrus cloud properties derived from CALIPSO lidar measurements: Optical properties. J. Geophys.Res., 117(D09207), 22 Pages
    doi:10.1029/2011JD017053

    Minnis, P., G. Hong, J. K. Ayers, W. L. Smith, Jr., C. R. Yost, A. J. Heymsfield, G. M. Heymsfield, D. J. Hlavka, M. D. King, E. Korn, M. J. McGill, H. B. Selkirk, A. M. Thompson, L. Tian, and P. Yang (2012). Simulations of Infrared Radiances over a Deep Convective Cloud System Observed during TC4: Potential for Enhancing Nocturnal Ice Cloud Retrievals Remote Sensing, 4(10), 3022-3054
    doi:10.3390/rs4103022

    Nowottnick, E., P. Colarco, A. da Silva, D. Hlakva, and M. McGill (2011). The fate of saharan dust across the atlantic and implications for a central american dust barrier Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11, 8415-8431
    10.5194/acp-11-8415-2011

    Yorks, J., M. McGill, D. Hlavka, and W. Hart (2011). Statistics of Cloud Optical Properties from Airborne Lidar Measurements J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol., 28, 869-883
    10.1175/2011JTECHA1507.1

    Yorks, J., D. Hlavka, Mark A. Vaughan, M. McGill, W. Hart, Sharon Rodier, and Ralph Kuehn (2011). Airborne validation of cirrus cloud properties derived from CALIPSO lidar measurements: Spatial properties J.Geophys.Res., 116(D19207), 19 Pages
    10.1029/2011JD015942

    Avery M.., C. Twohy, D. McCabe, J. Joiner, K. Seveerance, E. Atlas, D. Blake, T. P. Bui, J. Crounse, J. Dibb, G. Diskin, P. Lawson, M. McGill, D. Rogers, G. Sachse, E. Scheuer, A. M. Thompson, C. Trepte, P. Wennberg, and J.R. Ziemke (2010). Convective distribution of tropospheric ozone and tracers in the Central American ITCZ region: Evidence from observations during TC4 J. Geophys. Res., 115.
    doi:10.1029/2009JD013450

    Bucholtz A., D. Hlavka, M. McGill, S. Schmidt, P. Pilewskie, S.M. Davis, E.A. Reid, and A.L. Walker (2010). Directly measured heating rates of a tropical subvisible cirrus cloud J. Geophys. Res., 115(D00J09), 11 Pages
    doi:10.1029/2009JD013128.

    Yost Christopher, Patrick Minnis, Kirk Ayers, Douglas Spangenberg, Andrew Heymsfield, Aaron Bansemer, M. McGill, and D. Hlavka (2010). Comparison of GOES-retrieved and in situ measurements of deep convective anvil cloud microphysical properties during the Tropical Composition, Cloud and Climate Coupling Experiemtn (TC4 ) J. Geophys. Res., 115(D00J06), 14 Pages
    10.1029/2009JD013313

    Chang, F.-L., P. Minnis, J.K. Ayers, M. McGill, R. Palikonda, D.A. Spangenberg, W.L. Smith JR., and C.R. Yost (2009). Evaluation of satellite-based upper-troposphere cloud-top height retrievals in multilayer cloud conditions during TC4 J. Geophys. Res. Special Issue on TC4, 115(D00J05).
    doi:10.1029/2009JD013305

    Jensen E. J., P. Lawson, B. Baker, B. Pilson, Q. Mo, A.J. Heymsfield, A. Bansemer, T.P. Bui, M. McGill, D. Hlavka, G.M. Heymsfield, S. Platnikk, G.T. Arnold, and S. Tanelli (2009). On the importance of small ice crystals in tropical anvil cirrus J. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 9(15), 5519-5537
    doi:10.5194/acp-9-5519-2009

    Jensen E. J., P. Lawson, B. Baker, B. Pilson, Q. Mo, A. J. Heymsfield, A. Bansemer, T. P. Bui, M. McGill, D. Hlavka, G. Heymsfield, S. Platnick, G. T. Arnold, and S. Tanelli (2009). On the importance of small ice crystals in tropical anvil cirrus Atmos. Chem. Phys., 9, 5519-5537

    M.A. Vaughan, Z. Liu, M. McGill, and M.D. Obland (2009). On the spectral dependence of backscater from cirrus clouds: An assessment of CALIOP's 1064 nm calibration using cloud physics lidar measurements J. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 115(D14206), 17 pages
    doi:10.1029/2009JD013086

    Yorks, J., M. McGill, S. Rodier, M. Vaughan, Y. Hu, and D. Hlavka (2009). Radiative effects of African dust and smoke observed from CERES and CALIOP data J. Geophys. Res., 114(D00H04), 10 Pages
    10.1029/2009JD012000

    Jensen E.J., P. Lawson, B. Baker, B. Pilson, Q. Mo, A.J. Heymsfield, A. Bansemer, T.P. Bui, M. McGill, D. Hlavka, G.M. Heymsfield, S. Platnick, G.T. Arnold, and S. Tanelli (2008). On the importance of small ice crystals in tropical anvil cirrus Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 9(15), 5519-5537
    doi:10.5194/acp-9-5519-2009

    Veselovskii, I., M. Korenskii, V. Griaznov, D. Whiteman, M. McGill, G. Roy, and L. Bissonette (2008). Information content of data measured with multiple field of view lidar Appl. Opt., 45(26), 6839-6848
    doi:10.1364/AO.45.006839

    Winker D., B. Hunt, and M. McGill (2008). Initial Performance Assessment of CALIOP Geophys. Res. Lett., 34(L19808).
    doi:10.1029/2007GL030135

    Chiriaco M., H. Chepfer, P. Minnis, M. Haeffelin, S. Platnick, D. Baumgardner, P. Dubuisson, M. McGill, V. Noel, J. Pelon, D. Spangenberg, S. Sun-Mack, and G. Wind (2007). Comparison of CALIPSO-like, LaRC and MODIS retrievals of ice cloud properties over SIRTA in France and Florida during CRYSTAL-FACE J. Appl. Meteor. Clim, 46, 249-272

    Chiriaco M., H. Chepfer, P. Minnis, M. Haeffelin, S. Platnick, D. Baumgardner, P. Dubuisson, M. McGill, V. Noel, J. Pelon, D. Spangenberg, S. Sun-Mack, and G. Wind (2007). Comparison of CALIPSO-like, LaRC and MODIS retrievals of ice cloud properties over SIRTA in France and Florida during CRYSTAL-FACE J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 46, 249-272

    McGill, M., M. Vaughan, C. Trepte, W. Hart, D. Hlavka, D. Winker, and R. Keuhn (2007). Airborne Validation of Spatial Properties Measured by the CALIPSO Lidar J. Geophys. Res., 112, D20201
    10.1029/2007JD008768

    Noel V., D.M. Winker, T.J. Garrett, and M. McGill (2007). Extinction coefficients retrieved in deep tropical ice clouds from lidar observations using a CALIPSO-like algorithm compared to in-situ measurements from the cloud integrating nephelometer during CRYSTAL-FACE Atmos. Chem. Phys., 7, 1415-1422

    Van Zadelhoff G., A. Heymsfield, D. Donovan, and M. McGill (2007). Evaluating lidar-radar microphysics retrieval using in situ measurements J. Geophys. Res., 112(D09213), 9 Pages
    10.1029/2006JD007202

    Heymsfield A.J., C. Scmitt, A. Bansemer, G.-J. van Zadelhoff, M. McGill, and C. Twohy (2006). Effective radius of ice cloud particle populations derived from aircraft probes J. Atmos. Sci., 23(3), 361-380

    Holz R.E., S. Ackerman, P. Antonelli, F. Nagle, M. McGill, D. Hlavka, and W. Hart (2006). An improvement to the high spectral resolution CO2 slicing cloud top altitude retrieval J. Atmos. Ocean. Tech., 23(5), 653-670

    Hu Y., Z. Liu, D. Winker, M. Vaughan, V. Noel, L. Bissonnette, G. Roy, and M. McGill (2006). A simple relation between lidar multiple scattering and depolarization for water clouds Optics Lett, 31(12), 1809-1811

    Liu Z., W. Hunt, C. Hostetler, M. Vaughan, M. McGill, D. Winker, and Y. Hu (2006). Estimating random errors in backscatter lidar observations Appl. Opt., 45(18), 4437-4447

    Veselovskii I., D. Whiteman, V. Griaznov, M. Korenskii, M. McGill, G. Roy, and L. Bissonette (2006). Information content of data measured with a multiple-field-of-view lidar Appl. Opt., 45(26), 6839-6848

    Cahalan, R.F., M. McGill, J. Kolasinski, T. Varnai, and K. Yetzer (2005). THOR- Thickness from Offbeam Returns lidar J. Atmos. Ocean. Technol., 22, 605-627

    Cahalan R.F., M. McGill, J. Kolasinski, T. Varnai, and K. Yetzer (2005). THOR — Cloud Thickness from Offbeam Lidar Returns J. Atmos. Ocean. Tech., 22(6), 605-627

    Chepfer H., V. Noel, P. Minnis, D. Baumgardner, L. Nguyen, G. Raga, M. McGill, and P. Yang (2005). Particle habit in tropical ice clouds during CRYSTAL-FACE: Comparison of two remote sensing techniques with in situ observations J. Geophys. Res., 110(D16204).

    Hlavka, D., E.J. Welton, M. McGill, J.D. Spinhirne, W. Hart, and S. Palm (2005). Aerosol and cloud optical depth from GLAS: Results and verification for an October 2003 California fire smoke case. Geophys. Res. Lett., 32(L22S07).
    10.1029/2005GL023413

    Jensen E., L. Pfister, T. Bui, A. Weinheimer, E. Weinstock, J. Smith, J. Pittman, D. Baumgardner, P. Lawson, and M. McGill (2005). Formation of a tropopause cirrus layer observed over Florida during CRYSTAL-FACE J. Geophys. Res., 110(D03208).

    McGill, M. (2005). Development of an autonomous lidar instrument for use on a UAV platform in support of Homeland Security Research and Development for Partnering in Homeland Security Conference

    Mitrescu C., J.M. Haynes, G.L. Stephens, S.D. Miller, G.M. Heymsfield, and M. McGill (2005). Cirrus cloud optical, microphysical, and radiative properties observed during the CRYSTAL-FACE experiment: A lidar-radar retrieval system JGR, 110(D9), D09208
    10.1029/2004JD005605

    Zhou D.K., W.L. Smith Sr., X. Liu, A.M. Larar, H-L.A. Huang, J. Li, M. McGill, and S.A. Mango (2005). Thermodynamic and cloud parameter retrieval using infrared spectral data Geophys. Res. Lett., 32(L15805).

    Garrett T.J., A.J. Heymsfield, M. McGill, D.G. Baumgardner, P.T. Bui, and C.R. Webster (2004). Convective generation of cirrus near the tropopause J. Geophys. Res., 109.
    10.1029/2004JD004952

    Liu Z., M. Vaughan, D. Winker, C. Hostetler, L. Poole, D. Hlvaka, W. Hart, and M. McGill (2004). Use of probability distribution functions for discriminating between cloud and aerosol in lidar backscatter data J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 109(D15), Art. No. D15202

    Liu Z., M. McGill, Y. Hu, C.A. Hostetler, M. Vaughan, and D. Winker (2004). Validating lidar depolarization calibration using solar radiation scattered by ice clouds Geosci. Remote Sensing Lett., 1.
    10.1109/LGRS.2004.829613

    McGill, M., D. Hlavka, G.M. Heymsfield, L. Li, M.A. Vaughan, L. Tian, P.E. Racette, D.M. Winker, and W. Hart (2004). Combined lidar-radar remote sensing: Initial results from CRYSTAL-FACE and Implications for Future Spaceflight Missions J. Geophys. Res., 109.
    10.1029/2003JD004030

    Noel V., P. Lawson, M. McGill, and D. Winker (2004). Classification of particle shapes from lidar depolarization ratios in convective ice clouds compared to in situ observations during CRYSTAL-FACE J. Geophys. Res., 109.
    10.1029/2004JD004883

    Noel V., M. Winker, M. Haeffelin, and M. McGill (2004). Comparison of depolarization ratio observed in convective ice clouds during CRYSTAL-FACE with a midlatitude synoptic cirrus clouds climatology from the SIRTA observatory J. Geophys. Res., 109(D24).
    10.1029/2004JD004883

    Ridley B., L. Ott, L. Emmons, D. Montzka, A. Weinheimer, D. Knapp, F. Grahek, L. Li, M. McGill, P. Kucera, M.J. Mahoney, G.M. Heymsfield, and G. Brasseur (2004). Florida Thunderstorms: A faucet of reactive nitrogen to the upper troposphere J. Geophys. Res., DI7305
    10.1029/2004JD004769

    Sherwood S., P. Minnis, and M. McGill (2004). Deep convective cloud-top heights and their thermodynamic control during CRYSTAL-FACE J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 109(D20), Art. No. D20119

    Sherwood S., J. Chae, P. Minnis, and M. McGill (2004). Underestimation of deep convective cloud tops by thermal imagery Geophys. Res. Lett., 31(11), Art. No. L11102

    McGill, M., D. Hlavka, W. Hart, E.J. Welton, and J. Campbell (2003). Airborne lidar measurements of aerosol optical properties during SAFARI-2000 J. Geophys. Res., 108.
    10.1029/2002JD002370

    McGill, M. (2003). Lidar Remote Sensing Encyclopedia of Optical Engineering.
    10.1081/120009862

    Schmid B., J. Redemann, P.B. Russell, P.V. Hobbs, D. Hlavka, M. McGill, B.N. Holben, E.J. Welton, J. Campbell, O. Torres, R.A. Kahn, D.J. Diner, M.C. Helmlinger, D.A. Chu, C. Robles Gonzalez, and G. de Leeuw (2003). Coordinated airborne, spaceborne, and ground-based measurements of massive, thick, aerosol layers during the dry season in Southern Africa J. Geophys. Res., 108, 8496
    10.1029/2002JD002297

    Schmid B., J. Redemann, P. B. Russell, P. V. Hobbs, D.L. Hlavka, M.J. McGill, B. N. Holben, E.J. Welton, J. R. Campbell, O. Torres, R.A. Kahn, D. J. Diner, M. C. Helmlinger, D. A. Chu, C. RoblesGonzalez, and G. deLeeuw (2003). Coordinated airborne, spaceborne, and ground-based measurements of massive, thick aerosol layers during the dry season in southern Africa J. Geophys. Res., 108, D13, 8496
    10.1029/2002JD002297

    Davis A., S. Love, R.F. Cahalan, and M. McGill (2002). Off-beam lidar senses cloud thickness and density Laser Focus World, 38, 101-104

    Davis A. B., S. P. Love, R.F. Cahalan, and M.J. McGill (2002). Off-beam Lidar senses cloud thickness and density Laser Focus World, October Issue, 38, 101-103

    McGill, M., D. Hlavka, W. Hart, V.S. Scott, J.D. Spinhirne, and B. Schmid (2002). Cloud Physics Lidar: Instrument description and initial measurement results Appl. Opt., 41, 3725-3734

    Hlavka, D., S. Palm, E.J. Welton, W. Hart, J. Spinhirne, M. McGill, and A. Mahesh (2001). Global Lidar Measurements of Clouds and Aerosols from Space Using the Geoscience Laser Altimeter System (GLAS) 2001 AGU Fall Meeting

    McGill, M., and R. Rallison (2001). Holographic optics convert rings to points for detection Laser Focus World, 37, 131-136

    Davis A., R. Cahalan, J. Spinhirne, M. McGill, and S. Love (1999). Offbeam Lidar: An emerging technique in cloud remote sensing based on radiative Green function theory in the diffusion domain Phys. Chem. EarthB24, 177-185

    Davis A.B., R.F. Cahalan, J.D. Spinhirne, M. McGill, and S.P. Love (1999). Off-beam lidar: An emerging technique in cloud remote sensing based on radiative Green-function theory in the diffusion domain Phys. Chem. Earth - B, 24, 177-185

    McGill, M., W. Hart, J. McKay, and J. Spinhirne (1999). Modeling the Performance of Direct-Detection Doppler Lidar Systems Including Cloud and Solar Background Variability Appl. Optics, 38, 6388-6397

    McGill, M., and J.D. Spinhirne (1998). A Comparison of Two Direct-Detection Doppler Lidar Methods Opt. Engin., 37, 2675-2686.

    McGill, M., V.S. Scott, and J.D. Spinhire (1998). Atmospheric Depolarization Lidar Experimental Receiver: A Space Shuttle Hitchhiker Payload 19th Intl Laser Radar Conference

    McGill, M., and J.D. Spinhirne (1998). Comparison of Spaceborne Direct-Detection Doppler Lidar Methods 1998 OSA Annual Meeting

    McGill, M., and S.X. Li (1998). Spaceborne Simulation of Two Direct-Detection Doppler Lidar Techniques 19th Intl Laser Radar Conference