Sciences and Exploration Directorate

Brief Bio


Dr. James Gleason is the Chief of the Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics Laboratory.  He serves Project Scientist for the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership Mission (Suomi NPP) and as the Senior Project Scientist for the NASA/NOAA Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) Program. 

Gleason is contributor to many ongoing research groups and studies involving atmospheric remote sensing. He was the Principal Investigator of the Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) data product from Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) on the Earth Observing System's Aura mission.

As the NASA Headquarters Tropospheric Chemistry Program Manager, he led the development and coordination of NASA's contribution to the International Consortium for Atmospheric Research on Transport and Transformation (ICARTT) field campaign. Gleason and NOAA colleagues used the NASA DC-8, the NOAA P-3 aircraft and the NOAA ship Ron Brown, to coordinate a campaign of 13 aircraft from 5 countries and 5 US agencies. He serves on European Space Agency, EUMETSAT and NOAA advisory boards, helping to transfer NASA's lessons-learned from research satellites to help improve the planning for future operational satellites.

In addition to his work on OMI NO2, he has published papers on the effect of the Mount Pinatubo eruption on stratospheric ozone, long-term ozone trends and using Total Ozone Mapping (TOMS) Aerosol Index to monitor biomass burning in the Amazon Region.

Research Interests


Remote sensing of atmospheric trace species, validation and analysis of satellite data, laboratory kinetic studies.

Earth Science: Remote Sensing


Current Projects


Joint Polar Satellite System Senior Project Scientist

Weather



Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (SNPP) Project Scientist

Climate


Positions/Employment


Chief, Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics Laboratory

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center - Greenbelt, MD

January 2016 - Present


Associate Chief, Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics Laboratory

NASA - Goddard Space Flight Center

June 2015 - January 2016


Senior Research Scientist

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center - Greenbelt, MD

2005 - Present



Tropospheric Chemistry Program Manger

NASA - Detailed to NASA Headquarters

2000 - 2004


Research Scientist

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center - Greenblt MD

1993 - 2005



Research Scientist

University Space Research Association - NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt MD

1991 - 1993



NAS/NRC Resident Research Associate,

NAS National Research Council - NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt MD

1989 - 1991



Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Brookhaven National Laboratory - Upton, NY

1987 - 1989


Education


1980 – B. S. Chemistry, St. Lawrence University
1987 - Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Colorado

Professional Societies


American Geophysical Union

1985 - Present


American Chemical Society

1979 - Present

Professional Service


1995 - 2004 European Space Agency ERS-2 GOME Science Advisory Group
2004 - 2012 EUMETSAT Post-EPS Mission Expert Team
2014 - 2018 European Space Agency Sentinel 5 Precursor Mission Advisory Group
2018 - present ESA Sentinel 5 Precursor Mission Quality Working Group
2004 - present Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (SNPP) Project Scientist
2010 - present Joint Polar Satellite System Senior Project Scientist
 

Awards


2012 NASA Exceptional Acheivement Medal
2011  NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal
2007 Pecora Group Award for the Total Ozone Mapping (TOMS) Instrument Team
2006 AIAA Space Systems Group Award "for developing the Earth Observing System”

Special Experience


1993 - 1995 EOS Aura Project Scientist
1999 - 2011 Principal Investigator NO2 Data Product OMI Science Team
2002 - 2005 Tropospheric Chemistry Program Manager; NASA Headquarters