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Dr. Steven Platnick
EOS Senior Project Scientist

Mailing Address: 

Code 610
NASA / Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771


Steven Platnicks research includes theoretical / experimental studies of satellite, aircraft, and ground-based cloud remote sensing. He has been involved extensively with remote sensing field studies, including use of the MODIS Airborne Simulator instrument flown on the NASA ER-2 along with flight scientist roles during the MAST, ARMCAS, FIRE-ACE, SAFARI-2000, CRYSTAL-FACE, and TC4 field campaigns. He is a member of the MODIS Atmosphere Science Team working on operational cloud optical and microphysical products, and a member of the ACE and CLARREO study teams.

His collaborations with the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center began in 1993, most recently as a member of the Climate and Radiation Branch in the Laboratory for Atmospheres (2002) and as acting head of the EOS Project Science Office (2008). Prior to that, he was a research associate professor in the Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology, University of Maryland Baltimore County - an affiliation begun in 1996. During this time he led the development of a comprehensive set of graduate-level atmospheric physics courses within the Department of Physics of which he taught several. He previously held a National Research Council Research Associate position at the NASA Ames Research Center as well as a research and development position at the Hewlett-Packard Co. for six years. His work with Hewlett-Packard included two years as a visiting faculty in the Department of Electrical Engineering at North Carolina A&T State University.

He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Duke University and the University of California, Berkeley, respectively, and a Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences from the University of Arizona.