John W Robbins
Org Code: 615NASA/GSFC
Mail Code: 615
Greenbelt, MD 20771
Employer: Craig Technologies
Earlier in Mr. Robbins’ career, he provided scientific support, modeling and algorithm development for various NASA missions, including LAGEOS, SEASAT, TOPEX/Poseidon, as applicable to research in global gravitational modeling, tectonics, oceanography, as well as modeling non-conservative components of spacecraft dynamics. He has gained considerable experience in NASA mission preparation, investigating concept designs for geopotential research missions, TOPEX/Poseidon and Mars Observer.
Studies of geodetic nature, including precision positioning, cartographic tools, gravity field modeling and mapping, time-dependent positioning and point tracking.
Cryosphere / Earth's Ice Cover
Investigations have included estimation of ice sheet heights and their variations through time, ice cap heights and time variations. Estimates of sea ice freeboard elevations and their implied volumes. Related oceanographic investigations.
Cryosphere / Earth's Ice Cover
Providing expertise in the area of geophysical modeling and corrections required for L2A science data products planned for the ICESat-2 mission.
SGT & Craig Technologies - GSFC (on site) & via telecommuting
February 2007 - Present
Part of the SGT GGSG team since about 1985. Returned in 2008.
Since 2008 I've been part of Code 615, Cryospheric Lab.
Title: Principal Scientist. Exmphasis in geodedic and cryospheric research.
EG&G/WASC Inc. & Hughes STX Inc. - Lanham, MD and Greenbelt, MD
July 1985 - June 1996
Title: ranged from Systems Analyst to Principal Analyst.
Worked for NASA/GSFC Laboratory for Terrestrial Physics (old code 620).
Provided geodetic and gravitational expertise applied to LAGEOS and Topex/Poseidon projects.
1985: Received MS Geodetic Science, Ohio State Univ., Columbus, Ohio.
American Geophysical Union
1980 - Present
Jasinski, M. F., J. D. Stoll, D. W. Hancock, J. Nattala, and J. W. Robbins. 2023. Algorithm Theoretical Basis Document (ATBD) for Mean Inland Surface Water Data ATL22 Release 003 NSIDC Release 3 42 [DOI: 10.5067/5AALHPWLMJ4D]
Jasinski, M. F., J. D. Stoll, D. W. Hancock, J. W. Robbins, and J. Nattala. 2021. ATLAS/ICESat-2 L3B Mean Inland Surface Water Data, Version 2 NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt MD (Release 2): [10.5067/ATLAS/ATL22.002]
Jasinski, M. F., J. D. Stoll, D. W. Hancock, J. W. Robbins, and J. Nattala. 2021. Algorithm Theoretical Basis Document (ATBD) for Mean Inland Surface Water Data ATL22 National Snow and Ice Data Center, Boulder Co. Release 2 40 pp. [10.5067/T5E9DIITUDN4]
Jasinski, M. F., J. D. Stoll, D. W. Hancock, J. W. Robbins, and J. Nattala. 2021. ATLAS/ICESat-2 L3A Along Track Inland Surface Water Surface Data Products, ATL13, Version 5 NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center, Boulder CO Version 5 [10.5067/ATLAS/ATL13.005]
Jasinski, M. F., J. D. Stoll, D. W. Hancock, et al. J. W. Robbins, J. Nattala, T. Pavelsky, J. Morrison, B. Jones, and C. Parrish. 2021. Algorithm Theoretical Basis Document (ATBD) for Along Track Inland Surface Water Data Products, ATL13 NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD Version 5 124 [10.5067/RI5QTGTSVHRZ]
Zwally, H. J., J. W. Robbins, S. B. Luthcke, B. D. Loomis, and F. Rémy. 2021. Mass balance of the Antarctic ice sheet 1992–2016: reconciling results from GRACE gravimetry with ICESat, ERS1/2 and Envisat altimetry Journal of Glaciology 67 (263): 533-559 [10.1017/jog.2021.8]
Morison, J., D. W. Hancock, S. Dickinson, et al. J. W. Robbins, L. Roberts, R. Kwok, S. P. Palm, B. Smith, M. F. Jasinski, B. Plant, and T. . 2021. Algorithm Theoretical Basis Document (ATBD) for Ocean Surface Height, Release 4 NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Jasinski, M. F., J. D. Stoll, D. W. Hancock, J. W. Robbins, and J. Nattala. 2020. ATLAS/ICESat-2 L3A Inland Water Surface Height Data Product, ATL13, Version 3 NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center, Boulder CO 89 [10.5067/ATLAS/ATL13.003]
Morison, J., D. W. Hancock, S. Dickinson, et al. J. W. Robbins, L. Roberts, R. Kwok, S. P. Palm, B. Smith, M. F. Jasinski, B. Plant, and T. Urban. 2019. Algorithm Theoretical Basis Document (ATBD) for Ocean Surface Height, Version 2 ICESat-2 Data Products https://icesat-2.gsfc.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/page_files/ICESat2ATL13ATBDr002mj12202019.pdf 129 [10.5067/O0KKOL752IM8]
Zwally, H. J., J. Li, J. W. Robbins, et al. J. L. Saba, D. Yi, and A. C. Brenner. 2015. Mass gains of the Antarctic ice sheet exceed losses Journal of Glaciology 61 (230): 1019-1036 [10.3189/2015jog15j071]
Kohler, J., T. A. Neumann, J. W. Robbins, S. Tronstad, and G. Melland. 2013. ICESat Elevations in Antarctica Along the 2007–09 Norway–USA Traverse: Validation With Ground-Based GPS IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sensing 51 (3): 1578-1587 [10.1109/TGRS.2012.2207963]
Zwally, H. J., J. Li, A. C. Brenner, et al. M. Beckley, H. G. Cornejo, J. P. Dimarzio, M. B. Giovnetto, T. A. Neumann, J. Robbins, J. L. Saba, D. Yi, and W. Wang. 2011. Greenland ice sheet mass balance: distribution of increased mass loss with climate warming 2003-2007 versus 1992-2002 Journal of Glaciology
Yi, D., H. J. Zwally, and J. W. Robbins. 2011. ICESat observations of seasonal and interannual variations of sea-ice freeboard and estimated thickness in the Weddell Sea (2003-2009) Annals of Glaciology 43-51
Robbins, J. W., D. E. Smith, and C. Ma. 1993. Horizontal crustal deformation and large scale plate motions inferred from space geodetic techniques, in Contributions of Space Geodesy to Geodynamics AGU Geodynamics Series 21-49 10.1029/GD023
Yi, D., N. T. Kurtz, J. P. Harbeck, et al. S. S. Manizade, M. A. Hofton, H. G. Cornejo, H. J. Zwally, and J. W. Robbins. 2016. Antarctic sea-ice freeboard and estimated thickness from NASA's ICESAT and ICEBRIDGE observations 2016 IEEE INTERNATIONAL GEOSCIENCE AND REMOTE SENSING SYMPOSIUM (IGARSS), Beijing, China, 10-15 July 2016 7682-7685 [10.1109/IGARSS.2016.7731003]
Talks, Presentations and Posters
AGU: Geophysical Corrections and modeling for ICESat-2 Science
Poster showed various models and Corrections anticipated for use on the ICESat-2 ATL03 L2-level science product. These include ocean tides, solid earth tides, tidal loading, Inverted Barometer & Dynamic Atmospheric corrections, Earth reference models, such as geoid and mean sea surface.
AGU: ICESat Estimates of Elevation and Volume Changes of Greenland Ice Caps
Poster that showed ICESat estimated height variations across 20+ ice caps surrounding Greenland.
AGU: Antarctic Ice-Shelf Front Dynamics from ICESat
Poster showing horizontal estimates of ice shelf speed based on ICESat measurements of height. Technique utiized the motion of rift zones on the Ross ice shelf, Antarctica.
December 12, 1986: NASA group achievement award for Topex Earth gravity model development team.
March 27, 1992: NASA group achievement award for Goddard Earth Model GEM T3.
February 10, 1993: NASA group achievement award for Topex/Poseidon Mission Design.
May 18, 1993: NASA group achievement award for Joint Gravity Model-1 (JGM-1) Team.