Sciences and Exploration Directorate

Emily L Wilson

(Associate Deputy Director for Atmospheres)

Emily L Wilson's Contact Card & Information.
Phone: 301.614.6730
Org Code: 610
Mail Code 610.8
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Missions & Projects

Research Interests

Research Interests:

Solar System: Atmospheres

specializes in instrument development for measurement of atmospheric trace gases


Research Physical Scientist

NASA - Goddard Space Flight Center

2016 - Present

Lab Chief, Laser Remote Sensing Lab

NASA - Goddard Space Flight Center

2013 - 2016

Associate Lab Chief, Laser Remote Sensing Lab

NASA - Goddard Space Flight Center

2010 - 2013

Associate Head, Laser and Electro-Optics Branch

NASA - Goddard Space Flight Center

2008 - 2010

Optical Physicist - Laser and Electro-Optics Branch

NASA - Goddard Space Flight Center

2005 - 2008

NRC Postdoc - Laser and Electro-Optics Branch

NASA - Goddard Space Flight Center

2002 - 2005

Graduate Research Assistant

George Washington University - Washington, DC

1999 - 2002

Science Education Assistant

Lemelson Center for Invention and Innovation, National Museum of American History - Washington DC

1997 - 1999

Graduate Research Fellow

Boston University - Boston, MA

1995 - 1997


PhD, Physcial Chemistry, George Washington University, 2002

MA, Chemistry, Boston University, 1999

BS, Chemistry, University of Montana, 1995

Other Professional Information

Instrument Development Experience

  • P.I. on Laser Heterodyne Radiometer instrument for measurements of CO2 in the troposphere. Supported by NASA/GSFC Internal Research and Development (IRAD) program. 
  •   P.I. on Miniaturized Hollow-Fiber Gas Correlation Radiometer instrument for trace gas measurements on Mars. Supported under NASA Planetary Instrument Definition and Development (PIDD) program.
  • Co-I on Fabry-Perot Interferometer instrument development let by William S. Heaps.  Supported under the Earth Science Technology Office Instrument Incubator Program (ESTO IIP).  Passive instrument measures CO2, O2, and H2O in Earth’s atmosphere.
  • Co-I on CO2 Laser Sounder instrument development led by James B. Abshire.  Effort also supported under ESTO IIP.  Active instrument measures atmospheric CO2 and O2.  Led instrument field testing.



2022. "EarthShine: Observing our world as an exoplanet from the surface of the Moon." Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems 8 (01): 014003 [10.1117/1.jatis.8.1.014003] [Journal Article/Letter]

2021. "MiniCarb: a passive, occultation-viewing, 6U CubeSat for observations of CO2, CH4, and H2O." Measurement Science and Technology 33 (1): 015902 [10.1088/1361-6501/ac3679] [Journal Article/Letter]

2019. "A portable miniaturized laser heterodyne radiometer (mini-LHR) for remote measurements of column CH4 and CO2." Applied Physics B 125 (11): 211 [10.1007/s00340-019-7315-8] [Journal Article/Letter]

2019. "Potential improvements in global carbon flux estimates from a network of laser heterodyne radiometer measurements of column carbon dioxide." Atmospheric Measurement Techniques 12 (4): 2579-2594 [10.5194/amt-12-2579-2019] [Journal Article/Letter]

2017. "A 4 U laser heterodyne radiometer for methane (CH4) and carbon dioxide (CO2) measurements from an occultation-viewing CubeSat." Measurement Science and Technology 28 (3): 035902 [10.1088/1361-6501/aa5440] [Journal Article/Letter]

2015. "On the detectability of trace chemical species in the martian atmosphere using gas correlation filter radiometry." Icarus 260 103-127 [10.1016/j.icarus.2015.07.005] [Journal Article/Letter]

2015. "Autonomous field measurements of CO2 in the atmospheric column with the miniaturized laser heterodyne radiometer (Mini-LHR)." Appl. Phys. B 120 (4): 609-615 [10.1007/s00340-015-6172-3] [Journal Article/Letter]

2014. "Uncertainty analysis for the miniaturized laser heterodyne radiometer (mini-LHR) for the measurement of carbon dioxide in the atmospheric column." Measurement Science and Technology 25 (5): 055204 [10.1088/0957-0233/25/5/055204] [Journal Article/Letter]

2013. "Miniaturized laser heterodyne radiometer for measurements of CO2 in the atmospheric column." Applied Physics B 114 (3): 385-393 [10.1007/s00340-013-5531-1] [Journal Article/Letter]

2011. "A hollow-waveguide gas correlation radiometer for ultra-precise column measurements of formaldehyde on Mars." Measurement Science and Technology 22 (8): 085902 [10.1088/0957-0233/22/8/085902] [Journal Article/Letter]

2008. "Differential Radiometers Using Fabry–Perot Interferometric Technique for Remote Sensing of Greenhouse Gases." IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sensing 46 (10): 3115-3122 [10.1109/TGRS.2008.921570] [Journal Article/Letter]

2008. "Precision Measurement of Atmospheric Trace Constituents Using a Compact Fabry-Perot Radiometer." Intern'l J High Speed Electronics and Systems (IJHSES) 18 (3): 601-612 [10.1142/S0129156408005606] [Journal Article/Letter]

2007. "Development of a Fabry-Perot interferometer for ultra-precise measurements of column CO2." Measurement Science and Technology 18 1495-1502 [10.1088/0957-0233/18/5/040] [Journal Article/Letter]

2006. "Total Column Oxygen Detection Using Fabry-Perot Interferometer." Optical Engr 45 (11): 115001 [Journal Article/Letter]

2004. "Experimental data on O 2 absorption using Fabry-Perot-based optical setup for remote sensing atmospheric observations." Earth Observing Systems IX [10.1117/12.559891] [Proceedings]

2002. "Temporally resolved species measurements in a flickering AIR-diluted, non-premixed natural gas flame by extractive sampling of flame gases and fourier transform ir analysis." Proceedings of the Combustion Institute 29 (2): 2711-2718 [10.1016/s1540-7489(02)80330-3] [Journal Article/Letter]

2002. "Measurements of hydrogen cyanide and its chemical production rate in a laminar methane/air, non-premixed flame using cw cavity ringdown spectroscopy." Proceedings of the Combustion Institute 29 (2): 2203-2209 [10.1016/s1540-7489(02)80268-1] [Journal Article/Letter]

2001. "Development of a pulsed sampling probe for time-resolved measurements in flickering flames." Measurement Science and Technology 12 (10): 1701--1708 [10.1088/0957-0233/12/10/313] [Journal Article/Letter]