Dr. Thorsten Markus

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Dr. Thorsten Markus

  • Chief , Cryospheric Sciences
  • 301.614.5882 | 301.614.5644
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 615
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: NASA
  • Brief Bio

     Thorsten Markus is the head of NASA Goddard's Cryospheric Sciences Lab and the Project Scientist for the ICESat-2 mission. His research focuses on the development of new approaches to derive cryospheric parameters from space-borne or air-borne observations.
    Thorsten received his Ph.D. degree in Physics from the University of Bremen, Germany. He came to NASA Goddard SFC in 1996, first as an NRC post-doc, working on Antarctic coastal polynyas, and then via UMBC JCET where he still is an adjunct professor in the physics department. In 2002, he was hired as a civil servant and joined the Microwave Sensors Branch.
    He is a member of the Aqua AMSR-E Science Team, where he is responsible for the sea ice concentration and snow on sea ice products, the ICESat Science Team, and the the JAXA GCOM-W AMSR2 Science Team. He has participated in and co-led ship-borne and air-borne validation campaigns in both hemispheres. His research activities led him three times to the Antarctic and three times to the Arctic. He furthermore is working on the use of satellite-derived geophysical parameters in data analysis efforts and in data assimilation schemes to explore the role of cryospheric processes in the polar and global climate system.

    Brief Bio

     Thorsten Markus is the head of NASA Goddard's Cryospheric Sciences Lab and the Project Scientist for the ICESat-2 mission. His research focuses on the development of new approaches to derive cryospheric parameters from space-borne or air-borne observations.
    Thorsten received his Ph.D. degree in Physics from the University of Bremen, Germany. He came to NASA Goddard SFC in 1996, first as an NRC post-doc, working on Antarctic coastal polynyas, and then via UMBC JCET where he still is an adjunct professor in the physics department. In 2002, he was hired as a civil servant and joined the Microwave Sensors Branch.
    He is a member of the Aqua AMSR-E Science Team, where he is responsible for the sea ice concentration and snow on sea ice products, the ICESat Science Team, and the the JAXA GCOM-W AMSR2 Science Team. He has participated in and co-led ship-borne and air-borne validation campaigns in both hemispheres. His research activities led him three times to the Antarctic and three times to the Arctic. He furthermore is working on the use of satellite-derived geophysical parameters in data analysis efforts and in data assimilation schemes to explore the role of cryospheric processes in the polar and global climate system.

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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