Sciences and Exploration Directorate

Ian S Adams

(Division Technologist)

Ian S Adams's Contact Card & Information.
Phone: 301.614.6285
Org Code: 612
Mail Code 612
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Brief Bio

Dr. Ian Stuart Adams is the Earth Sciences Division Technologist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and is responsible for managing the division's Earth observation technology portfolio. Dr. Adams' research is focused on active and passive microwave remote sensing of the Earth, particularly of clouds and precipitation. He is the PI of the Configurable Scanning Submillimeter-wave Instrument/Radiometer (CoSSIR), and he is the project instrument scientist for the Atmosphere Observing System (AOS) microwave radiometers.


Earth Sciences Division Chief Technologist

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center - Greenbelt MD

February 2022 - Present

Research Physical Scientist

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center - Greenbelt, MD

February 2017 - Present

Electronics Engineer

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory - Washington, DC

November 2006 - February 2017



2023. "The Polarimetric Radar Scattering Properties of Oriented Aggregates." Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences 80 (4): 1145-1161 [10.1175/jas-d-22-0149.1] [Journal Article/Letter]

2023. "Advancing Atmospheric Thermodynamic Sounding from Space using Hyperspectral Microwave Measurements." IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing 1-16 [10.1109/jstars.2023.3269697] [Journal Article/Letter]

2022. "A Physically-based, Meshless Lagrangian Approach to Simulate Melting Precipitation." Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences [10.1175/jas-d-22-0150.1] [Journal Article/Letter]

2018. "Summer Snowfall Workshop: Scattering Properties of Realistic Frozen Hydrometeors from Simulations and Observations, as well as Defining a New Standard for Scattering Databases." Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 99 (3): ES55-ES58 [10.1175/bams-d-17-0208.1] [Journal Article/Letter]

2016. "Brightness Temperature Simulation of Observed Precipitation Using a Three-Dimensional Radiative Transfer Model." Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology 33 (10): 2053-2064 [10.1175/jtech-d-15-0241.1] [Journal Article/Letter]

2014. "The Impact of Radio-Frequency Interference on WindSat Ocean Surface Observations." IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 52 (10): 6665-6673 [10.1109/tgrs.2014.2300345] [Journal Article/Letter]

2013. "The impact of passband characteristics on imaging microwave radiometer brightness temperatures over the ocean." Radio Science 48 (3): 352-357 [10.1002/rds.20041] [Journal Article/Letter]

2012. "The scattering properties of horizontally aligned snow crystals and crystal approximations at millimeter wavelengths." Radio Science 47 (5): [10.1029/2012rs005015] [Journal Article/Letter]

2010. "Identification of Ocean-Reflected Radio-Frequency Interference Using WindSat Retrieval Chi-Square Probability." IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters 7 (2): 406-410 [10.1109/lgrs.2009.2037446] [Journal Article/Letter]

2008. "Simulation of the Stokes vector in inhomogeneous precipitation." Radio Science 43 (5): [10.1029/2007rs003744] [Journal Article/Letter]

2006. "Evaluation of hurricane ocean vector winds from WindSat." IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 44 (3): 656-667 [10.1109/tgrs.2005.862506] [Journal Article/Letter]

2005. "Oceanic rain rate estimates from the QuikSCAT Radiometer: A Global Precipitation Mission pathfinder." Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 110 (D11): [10.1029/2004JD005560] [Journal Article/Letter]