Sciences and Exploration Directorate

Glenn M Wolfe

(Rsch AST, Atmospheric Chemistry & Dyn)

Glenn M Wolfe's Contact Card & Information.
Phone: 301.614.6008
Org Code: 614
Mail Code 614
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Missions & Projects

Brief Bio

Glenn has worked at NASA GSFC since October 2012. He is a member of the 614 In Situ Observations Laboratory, which supports NASA Earth Science objectives with measurements of trace gases (formaldehyde, ozone, NO2, and greenhouse gases) on multiple airborne platforms. He has participated in numerous airborne missions, including PEGASOS, SENEX, SEAC4RS, CONTRAST, WINTER, SONGNEX, KORUS-AQ, CARAFE, OWLETS, ATom, FIREX-AQ, BlueFlux, ACCLIP, GOTHAAM, and AEROMMA. He is a regular participant in the NASA student airborne research program (SARP).

Glenn's research involves novel applications of airborne observations, including 1) quantifying surface-atmosphere exchange to understand the source and sinks of trace gases, 2) synthesis of airborne and satellite observations to constrain global atmospheric chemical processes, and 3) analysis of interconnected chemical systems through numerical modeling. Glenn is the maintainer of the Framework for 0-D Atmospheric Modeling (, a widely-used software package for simulating atmospheric chemistry. A full list of publications can be found here.

Prior to arriving at NASA, Glenn was a NOAA Climate and Global Change Post-doctoral fellow at University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI. He holds a B.A. in Chemistry from Johns Hopkins University and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from University of Washington. He is also an Eagle Scout.

Research Interests

Biosphere-atmosphere Interactions

Earth Science: Atmospheric Chemistry


Airborne Eddy Covariance

Earth Science: Atmospheric Measurement


Chemical Kinetic Modeling

Earth Science: Atmospheric Chemistry


Satellite / in situ observation synergy

Earth Science: Atmospheric Chemistry


Research Physical Scientist

NASA GSFC - Greenbelt, MD

November 2020 - Present

Research Associate Professor

Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology - Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics Lab, NASA GSFC, Greenbelt, MD

July 2019 - October 2020

Research Assistant Professor

Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology - Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics Lab, NASA GSFC, Greenbelt, MD

March 2014 - June 2019

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology - Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics Lab, NASA GSFC, Greenbelt, MD

October 2012 - March 2014



 2017 NASA GSFC 610AT Award for “Outstanding Performance: Field Campaign Support”

2011 Invited participant, Atmospheric Chemistry Colloquium for Emerging Senior Scientists (ACCESS XI); Atmospheric Chemistry Gordon Research Conference

2010-2012 NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellow

2009-2010 EPA STAR Fellow

2005-2008 NASA Earth Systems Science Fellow

2004-2005 Ringold Fellow, University of Washington Department of Chemistry

2004 Phi Beta Kappa Academic Honor Society inductee

2003 Martin and Mary Kilpatrick Prize in Chemistry, JHU Chemistry Department

2003 Howard Hughes Summer Research Fellow

2002 Howard Hughes Summer Research Fellow

1998 Eagle Scout

Current Projects


Atmospheric Chemistry


Carbon Cycle


Atmospheric Chemistry


Atmospheric Chemistry

Professional Service

Co-Editor, Atmospheric Measurement Techniques

Peer Reviewer for that paper you wrote

Special Experience

Field Campaigns:

2019   FIREX-AQ: Fire Influence on Regional to Global Environments Experiment - Air Quality

2018   SARP: Student Airborne Research Program

2018   ATom 4: Atmospheric Tomography Mission (Spring)

2017   ATom 3: Atmospheric Tomography Mission (Fall)

2017   OWLETS: Ozone Water-Land Environmental Transition Study

2017   SARP: Student Airborne Research Program

2017   CARAFE-CMS: Carbon Monitoring System

2017   ATom 2: Atmospheric Tomography Mission (Winter)

2016   CARAFE: Carbon Airborne Flux Experiment

2016   ATom 1: Atmospheric Tomography Mission (Summer)

2016   KORUS-AQ: Korea U.S. Air Quality Study

2015   SONGNEX: Shale Oil and Natural Gas Nexus

2015   WINTER: Wintertime Investigation of Transport, Emission, and Reactivity

2014   CONTRAST: Convective Transport of Active Species in the Tropics

2013   SEAC4RS: Studies of Emissions and Atmospheric Composition, Clouds and Climate Coupling by Regional Surveys

2013   SOAS: Southern Oxidants and Aerosols Study

2013   SENEX: Southeast Nexus

2012   PEGASOS: Pan-European Gas-Aerosols Climate Interaction Study

2009   BEARPEX-II: Biosphere Effects on Aerosols and Photochemistry Experiment II

2009   ACCRONIM: Activation of Continental Chloride by Reactive Oxides of Nitrogen in Wintertime

2007   BEARPEX-I: Biosphere Effects on Aerosols and Photochemistry Experiment I

2006   INTEX-B: Intercontinental Transport Experiment – B

Selected Publications


2019. "Mapping hydroxyl variability throughout the global remote troposphere via synthesis of airborne and satellite formaldehyde observations." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 116 (23): 11171-11180 [10.1073/pnas.1821661116] [Journal Article/Letter]

2018. "The NASA Carbon Airborne Flux Experiment (CARAFE): instrumentation and methodology." Atmospheric Measurement Techniques 11 (3): 1757-1776 [10.5194/amt-11-1757-2018] [Journal Article/Letter]

2017. "A new non-resonant laser-induced fluorescence instrument for the airborne in situ measurement of formaldehyde." Atmospheric Measurement Techniques 10 (12): 4833-4844 [10.5194/amt-10-4833-2017] [Journal Article/Letter]

2017. "Formaldehyde in the Tropical Western Pacific: Chemical sources and sinks, convective transport, and representation in CAM-Chem and the CCMI models." Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres [10.1002/2016jd026121] [Journal Article/Letter]

2016. "The Framework for 0-D Atmospheric Modeling (F0AM) v3.1." Geoscientific Model Development 9 (9): 3309-3319 [10.5194/gmd-9-3309-2016] [Journal Article/Letter]

2016. "Formaldehyde production from isoprene oxidation across NOx regimes." Atmos. Chem. Phys. 16 (4): 2597-2610 [10.5194/acp-16-2597-2016] [Journal Article/Letter]

2016. "A pervasive role for biomass burning in tropical high ozone/low water structures." Nat Comms 7 10267 [10.1038/ncomms10267] [Journal Article/Letter]

2015. "Quantifying sources and sinks of reactive gases in the lower atmosphere using airborne flux observations." Geophysical Research Letters 42 (19): 8231-8240 [10.1002/2015gl065839] [Journal Article/Letter]

2015. "Reassessing the ratio of glyoxal to formaldehyde as an indicator of hydrocarbon precursor speciation." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 15 7571-7583 [10.5194/acp-15-7571-2015] [Journal Article/Letter]

2015. "Airborne measurements of the atmospheric emissions from a fuel ethanol refinery." J. Geophys. Res. Atmos. 120 4385–4397 [10.1002/2015JD023138] [Journal Article/Letter]

2015. "A new airborne laser-induced fluorescence instrument for in situ detection of formaldehyde throughout the troposphere and lower stratosphere." Atmos. Meas. Tech. 8 541-552 [10.5194/amt-8-541-2015] [Journal Article/Letter]