Dr. Barkstrom's Vita

Dr. Barkstrom is a senior research scientist working at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA. Dr. Barkstrom is currently the Principal Investigator of the instrument portion of the EOS investigation of Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES). Dr. Barkstrom went to the University of Illinois as an undergradu=ate, graduating in Physics in 1966. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Astronomy from Northwestern University in 1972 and 1973, respectively. Following receipt of his Ph.D., Dr. Barkstrom spent two years at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, working on radiative transfer in the solar atmosphere. From 1975 to 1980, Dr. Barkstrom worked for an Environmental Modeling program of the Joint Institute for Aeronautics and Flight Sciences of George Washington University at NASA's Langley Research Center, first as Assistant Research Professor and then as Associate Research Professor. In 1980, Dr. Barkstrom joined NASA to become Experiment Scientist and Science Team leader of the Earth Radiation Budget Experiment.

When the data from this experiment had been successfully archived, Dr. Barkstrom received NASA's Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal for his work. In 1989, Dr. Barkstrom and his colleagues at two NASA centers and about ten universities were accepted to conduct an investigation of `Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES)'. That work continues as part of NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS). Dr. Barkstrom has numerous publications on atmospheric radiative transfer, as well as papers resulting from the work on ERBE and CERES.

Dr. Barkstrom was the primary system architect for both the ERBE and CERES data processing systems, which contain about 200,000 and 400,000 lines of code. With help from his colleagues in the respective data management teams, these systems were delivered on time and have worked successfully under production pressures. Dr. Barkstrom has also contributed to NASA's EOSDIS effort, receiving a NASA Exception Achievement Medal for his contributions to this effort. He has recently completed a six-month stay with the HDF Group at the National Computational Sciences Alliance (NCSA) at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, as part of a sabbatical under a competitive program at Langley Research Center called the Thompson Fellowship. His work there was intended to take the five year record of instantaneous ERBE scanner data and produce as complete a record as possible of cloud systems identifiable in these data.

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