Profile for Josefino Comiso
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Senior Research Scientist
Cryospheric Sciences Branch, Code 614.1
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771
Office Phone: 301-614-5708
Dr. Comiso's research is focused on the following topics: (a) the detection of climate change from historical satellite and in situ data; (b) polynyas, Odden, and bottom water formation; (c) air-sea-ice interactions and biological processes in the polar regions; and (d) radiative transfer modeling studies and satellite algorithms for sea ice and snow. The primary research tool is satellite remote sensing in the microwave, infrared, and visible regions with emphasis on passive microwave techniques. He is currently a member of the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer (AMSR) science team in both EOS-AQUA and NASDA-ADEOS-2 satellites and is responsible in developing standard algorithms for sea ice in both systems. He has generated and analyzed more than 20 years of satellite data on ice concentration, surface temperature, albedo, and cloud statistics in the polar regions with a view of improving our understanding of recently observed global warming that may be associated with greenhouse gases. Also, he has been a principal investigator in three Antarctic field programs and was the chief scientist of a NASA aircraft flight program over a nuclear submarine in the Arctic.