Sciences and Exploration Directorate

Jorge Enrique Pinzon



Org Code: 618

Mail Code: 618
Greenbelt, MD 20771


Brief Bio

An applied research mathematician with interest in: a) feature extraction from large geophysical temporal, multi- and hyper-spectral data; b) uncertainty quantification, quality assurance, and calibration of geophysical observations; c) image analysis, image compression, image classification, Bayes analysis; d) remote sensing applications for monitoring eco-climatic conditions associated with emerging infectious diseases.

Teaching Experience

1984-1986: Lecturer, Departamento de Matemáticas, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia.
1986-1991: Assistant professor, Facultad de Computación, Universidad Autónoma de Manizales, Manizales, Colombia. Coordinator Area of Problem Solving and Scientific Computation. Computational methodologies  for modeling of scientific problems and problem solving.

Professional Societies

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics

1992 - Present


 Earl C. Anthony Fellowship (Fall/95, Winter/96, Spring/96, Fall/96), Department of Applied Mathematics, University of California, Davis, CA.



Thoman, R. L., M. L. Druckenmiller, T. A. Moon, et al. L. M. Andreassen, E. Baker, T. J. Ballinger, L. T. Berner, G. H. Bernhard, U. S. Bhatt, J. W. Bjerke, L. Boisvert, J. E. Box, B. Brettschneider, D. Burgess, A. H. Butler, J. Cappelen, H. H. Christiansen, B. Decharme, C. Derksen, D. Divine, D. S. Drozdov, C. A. Elias, H. E. Epstein, S. L. Farrell, R. S. Fausto, X. Fettweis, V. E. Fioletov, B. C. Forbes, G. V. Frost, S. Gerland, S. J. Goetz, J.-U. Grooß, C. Haas, E. Hanna, B. I. Hanssen, M. M. Heijmans, S. Hendricks, I. Ialongo, K. Isaksen, C. D. Jensen, B. Johnsen, L. Kaleschke, A. L. Kholodov, S.-J. Kim, J. Kohler, N. J. Korsgaard, Z. Labe, K. Lakkala, M. J. Lara, S. H. Lee, B. Loomis, B. Luks, K. Luojus, M. J. Macander, R. Magnússon, G. V. Malkova, K. D. Mankoff, G. L. Manney, W. N. Meier, T. Mote, L. Mudryk, R. Müller, K. E. Nyland, J. E. Overland, F. Pálsson, T. Park, C. L. Parker, D. Perovich, A. Petty, G. K. Phoenix, J. E. Pinzon, R. Ricker, V. E. Romanovsky, S. P. Serbin, G. Sheffield, N. I. Shiklomanov, S. L. Smith, K. M. Stafford, A. Steer, D. A. Streletskiy, T. Svendby, M. Tedesco, L. Thomson, T. Thorsteinsson, X. Tian-Kunze, M.-L. Timmermans, H. Tømmervik, M. Tschudi, C. J. Tucker, D. A. Walker, J. E. Walsh, M. Wang, M. Webster, A. Wehrlé, Ø. Winton, G. Wolken, K. Wood, B. Wouters, and D. Yang. 2022. The Arctic Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 103 (8): S257-S306 [10.1175/bams-d-22-0082.1]

Bhatt, U. S., D. A. Walker, M. K. Raynolds, et al. J. E. Walsh, P. A. Bieniek, L. Cai, J. C. Comiso, H. E. Epstein, G. V. Frost, R. Gersten, A. S. Hendricks, J. E. Pinzon, L. Stock, and C. J. Tucker. 2021. Climate drivers of Arctic tundra variability and change using an indicators framework Environmental Research Letters 16 (5): 055019 [10.1088/1748-9326/abe676]

Bhatt, U. S., D. A. Walker, M. K. Raynolds, et al. P. A. Bieniek, H. E. Epstein, J. C. Comiso, J. E. Pinzon, C. J. Tucker, M. Steele, W. Ermold, and J. Zhang. 2017. Changing seasonality of panarctic tundra vegetation in relationship to climatic variables Environmental Research Letters 12 (5): 055003 [10.1088/1748-9326/aa6b0b]

Bieniek, P. A., U. S. Bhatt, D. A. Walker, et al. M. K. Raynolds, J. C. Comiso, H. E. Epstein, J. E. Pinzon, C. J. Tucker, R. L. Thoman, H. Tran, N. Mölders, M. Steele, J. Zhang, and W. Ermold. 2015. Climate drivers linked to changing seasonality of Alaska coastal tundra vegetation productivity Earth Interact. 151016095240009 [10.1175/ei-d-15-0013.1]

Pinzon, J. E., and C. J. Tucker. 2014. A non-stationary 1981-2012 AVHRR NDVI3g time series Remote Sensing 6 (8): 6929-6960 [10.3390/rs6086929]

Mueller, T., G. Dressler, C. J. Tucker, et al. J. E. Pinzon, P. Leimgruber, R. O. Dubayah, G. C. Hurtt, K. Böhning-Gaese, and W. F. Fagan. 2014. Human Land-Use Practices Lead to Global Long-Term Increases in Photosynthetic Capacity Remote Sensing 6 (6): 5717-5731 [10.3390/rs6065717]

Xu, L., R. B. Myneni, F. S. Chapin III, et al. T. V. Callaghan, J. E. Pinzon, C. J. Tucker, Z. Zhu, J. Bi, P. Ciais, H. Tømmervik, E. S. Euskirchen, B. C. Forbes, S. L. Piao, B. T. Anderson, S. Ganguly, R. R. Nemani, S. J. Goetz, P. S. Beck, A. G. Bunn, C. Cao, and J. C. Stroeve. 2013. Temperature and vegetation seasonality diminishment over northern lands Nature Climate Change 3 581-586 [doi:10.1038/nclimate1836]

Zeng, F., G. Collatz, J. Pinzon, and A. Ivanoff. 2013. Evaluating and Quantifying the Climate-Driven Interannual Variability in Global Inventory Modeling and Mapping Studies (GIMMS) Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI3g) at Global Scales Remote Sensing 5 (8): 3918-3950 [10.3390/rs5083918]

Bhatt, U., D. A. Walker, M. K. Raynolds, et al. P. A. Bienick, H. E. Epstein, J. Comiso, J. Pinzon, C. Tucker, and I. V. Polyakov. 2013. Recent Declines in Warming and Vegetation Greening Trends over Pan-Arctic Tundra Remote Sensing 5 (9): 4229-4254 [10.3390/rs5094229]

Kiang, R. K., R. Soebiyanto, J. P. Grieco, et al. N. L. Achee, L. C. Harrington, W. K. Reisen, A. Anyamba, K. J. Linthicum, J. E. Pinzon, G. Zollner, and M. Collacicco-Mayhugh. 2012. Vector-borne infectious diseases and influenza

Epstein, H. E., M. Raynolds, D. A. Walker, et al. U. Bhatt, C. J. Tucker, and J. E. Pinzon. 2012. Dynamics of aboveground phytomass of the circumpolar Arctic tundra during the past three decades Environmental Research Letters 7 (1): 1-12 [doi:10.1088/1748-9326/7/1/015506]

Peng, S., A. Chen, L. Xu, et al. C. Cao, J. Fang, R. Myneni, J. E. Pinzon, C. J. Tucker, and S. Piao. 2011. Recent change of vegetation growth trend in China Environ. Res. Lett. 6 (4): 044027 [10.1088/1748-9326/6/4/044027]

Garcia, M., J. Litago, A. Palacios-Orueta, J. E. Pinzon, and S. Ustin. 2010. Short-term propagation of rainfall perturbations on terrestrial ecosystems in central California Applied Vegetation Science 13 (2): 146-162 [10.1111/j.1654-109X.2009.01057.x]

Bhatt, U., D. Walker, M. Raynolds, et al. J. C. Comiso, H. Epstein, G. Jia, R. Gens, J. Pinzon, C. J. Tucker, C. Tweedie, and P. Webber. 2010. Circumpolar Arctic Tundra Vegetation Change Is Linked to Sea Ice Decline Earth Interactions 14 (8): 1-20 [10.1175/2010EI315.1]

Huang, N. E., Z. Wu, J. E. Pinzon, et al. C. L. Parkinson, S. R. Long, K. Blank, P. Gloersen, and X. Chen. 2009. Reductions of noise and uncertainty in annual global surface temperature anomaly data Advances in Adaptive Data Analysis 1 (3): 447-460 [10.1142/S1793536909000151]

Pinzon, J. E. 2008. Book Review: Hyperspectral Data Exploitation: Theory and Applications, Wiley-Interscience Hoboken NJ (2007) Computers & Geosciences 34 (12): 1970-1971 [10.1016/j.cageo.2007.10.015]

Buermann, W., B. Lintner, C. Koven, et al. A. Angert, J. E. Pinzon, C. J. Tucker, and I. Fung. 2007. The changing carbon cycle at Mauna Loa Observatory PNAS 104 (11): 4249-4254

Pinzon, J. E., and C. J. Tucker. 2007. Satellite Monitoring of Ebola Virus Hemorrhagic Fever Epidemics Our Changing Planet: The View from Space 104-109

Brown, M. E., J. E. Pinzon, K. Didan, J. Morisette, and C. J. Tucker. 2006. Evaluation of the consistency of long-term NDVI time series derived from AVHRR,SPOT-vegetation, SeaWiFS, MODIS, and Landsat ETM+ sensors IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sensing 44 (7): 1787-1793 [10.1109/TGRS.2005.860205]

Brown, M. E., J. E. Pinzon, and S. Prince. 2006. The Sensitivity of Millet Prices to Vegetation Dynamics in the Informal Markets of Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger Climatic Change 78 181-202

Pinzon, J. E., M. E. Brown, and C. J. Tucker. 2005. EMD Correction of Orbital Drift Artifacts in Satellite Data Stream in Hilbert-Huang Transform and its Applications, E. N.E. Huang and S.S. Shen 167-186

Pinzon, J. E., J. M. Wilson, and C. J. Tucker. 2005. Climate-based health monitoring systems for eco-climatic conditions associated with infectious diseases Bulletin de la Societe de Pathologie Exotique 98 (3): 239-243

Angert, A., S. Biraud, C. Bonfils, et al. C. C. Henning, W. Buermann, J. E. Pinzon, C. J. Tucker, and I. Y. Fung. 2005. Drier summers cancel out the CO2 uptake enhancement induced by warmer springs Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 102 (31): 10823-10827 [10.1073/pnas.0501647102]

Tucker, C. J., J. E. Pinzon, M. E. Brown, et al. D. Slayback, R. Mahoney, E. F. Vermore, and N. El Saleous. 2005. An extended AVHRR 8-km NDVI dataset compatible with MODIS and SPOT vegetation NDVI data International Journal of Remote Sensing 26 (20): 4485-4498 [10.1080/01431160500168686]

Pinzon, J. E., J. M. Wilson, C. J. Tucker, et al. R. Arthur, P. B. Jahrling, and P. Formenty. 2004. Trigger events: Enviroclimatic coupling of Ebola hemorrhagic fever outbreaks American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 71 (5): 664-674

Brown, M. E., J. E. Pinzon, and C. J. Tucker. 2004. New Vegetation Index Dataset Available to Monitor Global Change Transactions of the American Geophysical Union 85 565-569

Kaufmann, R. K., L. Zhou, R. B. Myneni, et al. C. J. Tucker, D. Slayback, N. V. Shabanov, and J. E. Pinzon. 2003. The effect of vegetation on surface temperature: A statistical analysis of NDVI and climate data J. Geophysical Research Letters 30 2147-2152

Slayback, D., J. E. Pinzon, S. O. Los, and C. J. Tucker. 2003. Northern hemisphere photosynthetic trends 1982-1999 Global Change Biology 9 1-15

Tucker, C. J., D. A. Slayback, J. E. Pinzon, et al. S. E. Los, R. B. Myneni, and M. G. and Taylor. 2001. Higher northern latitude normalized difference vegetation index and growing season trends from 1982 to 1999 Int. J. Biometeorology 45 184-190

Pinzon, J. E., J. F. Pierce, C. J. Tucker, and M. E. Brown. 2001. Evaluating coherence of natural images by smoothness membership in Besov spaces IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sensing 39 (9): 1879-1889 [10.1109/36.951078]

Pinzon, J. E., S. L. Ustin, C. M. Castaneda, and M. Smith. 1998. Investigation of Leaf Biochemistry by Hierarchical Foreground and Background Analysis IEEE TGARS 36 (6): 1913-1927

Pinzon, J. E., C. E. Puente, M. Parlange, and W. Eichinger. 1995. Multifractal analysis of Lidar measured water vapor Boundary-Layer Meteorology 76 323-347


Leptoukh, G. G., R. K. Kiang, P. Soebiyanto, et al. D. Q. Tong, P. Ceccato, S. Maxwell, R. G. Rommel, G. M. Jacquez, K. K. Benedict, S. A. Morain, P. Yang, Q. Huang, M. L. Golden, R. S. Chen, J. E. Pinzon, B. Zaitchik, D. Irwin, S. Estes, J. Luvall, M. Wimberly, X. Xiao, K. M. Charland, P. Stumpf, Z. Deng, C. E. Tilburg, Y. Liu, L. McClure, and A. Huff. 2012. Chapter 6: Data Discovery, Access and Retrieval Environmental Tracking for Public Health Surveillance 229-291 [10.1201/b12680-10]