Levich Institute Seminar – Tuesday, 04/16/2024

Tuesday, 04/16/2024
2:00 PM
Steinman Hall #312 

Professor Mitchell Goldberg
City College of New York, Chemical Engineering Department

“Atmospheric Remote Sensing from Earth Observing Satellites”


Understanding Earth’s atmosphere is vital for deciphering climate dynamics, weather patterns, and environmental shifts. This talk explores the pivotal role of atmospheric remote sensing from Earth-orbiting satellites, offering a powerful lens to observe and analyze various atmospheric parameters. We explore the foundational principles of radiative transfer theory, shedding light on how electromagnetic radiation interacts with atmospheric constituents, while examining the diverse array of satellites deployed in both geostationary and polar orbits. These platforms, equipped with specialized instruments, provide invaluable insights into temperature, water vapor, cloud characteristics, precipitation rates, and aerosol concentrations.


Extensive experience in the development and improvement of algorithms for deriving atmospheric temperature and moisture profiles and trace gases from satellite observations. Dr. Goldberg has over 35 years of science algorithm development experience. After 35 years at NOAA as the Satellite Programs’ Chief Scientist, Dr. Goldberg became the Distinguished Research Scientist for NOAA’s Cooperative Science Center (CSC) for Earth System Sciences and Remote Sensing (CESSRST) at CCNY, and is responsible for coordinating scientific research among the CSC partners and ensuring that research conducted is in support of NOAA’s mission, and for recruiting students into CESSRST for eventual careers at NOAA.

Atmospheric temperature & water vapor soundings from new generation of small satellites and geostationary satellites; validation of climate reanalyses using satellite observations.
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