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Dr. James R. Irons
Landsat 8 Project Scientist

Mailing Address: 

Code 610.8
Goddard Space Flight Center
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Greenbelt, MD 20771


Dr. James R. Irons is the Landsat 8 Project Scientist and also served as the Landsat 7 Deputy Project Scientist during its development. He is additionally the Associate Deputy Director for Atmospheres in the Earth Sciences Division at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), a position (formerly called Associate Chief, Laboratory for Atmospheres) he has held since 2007. Prior to 2007 Dr. Irons was a physical scientist in the Biospheric Sciences Laboratory, NASA GSFC, for 28 years. Dr. Irons received his B.Sc. degree in environmental resources management in 1976 and the M.Sc. degree in agronomy in 1979 from the Pennsylvania State University. He received his Ph.D. degree in agronomy in 1993 from the University of Maryland.