Sciences and Exploration Directorate

Nick Gorkavyi


Org Code: 619

Mail Code: 619
Greenbelt, MD 20771


Brief Bio

Dr. Gorkavyi is a Lead Programmer/Analyst in the Science Systems and Applications, Inc.
His research interests include atmospheric aerosol and space dust, remote sensing techniques and planetary science. Dr. Gorkavyi has held previous research positions with NRC/NAS-GSFC/NASA, Crimean Astrophysical Observatory, Schafer Corporation and QinetiQ NA. He published a monograph and more than 100 scientific papers.

Current Projects

"Aura"/OMI; Limb Profiler on OMPS ("Suomi/NPP" Satellite)


Dr. Gorkavyi currently works with "Aura"/OMI and SUOMI/OMPS/LP science team on development and validation of new aerosols and radiance products.

Research Interests

Atmospheric physics

Earth Science: Aerosols

Validation of Limb Profiler/OMPS/NPP data, atmospheric aerosol, Chelyabinsk bolide plume, space dust, remote sensing techniques, processing satellite and airborne data.


Lead Programmer/Analyst

Science Systems and Applications, Inc. - 10210 Greenbelt Road, Suite 600, Lanham, MD 20706

December 2011 - Present

Support of Suomi/NPP project  and Laboratory 619 GSFC/NASA


M.S. Theoretical Physics, Chelyabinsk State University, Russia, 1981
Ph. D. Planetary Sciences, Main Observatory, Kiev, Ukraine, 1986
Doctor of Sciences, Planetary Sciences, Moscow State University, 1991

Professional Societies

International Astronomical Union; American Astronomical Society

1997 - Present


2020 Robert H. Goddard Award, NASA/GSFC. Exceptional Achievement for Science Team to Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) COVID-19 response team. 

2021 American Meteorological Society Special Award for "Aura"/OMI satellite team

2018 William T. Pecora Award (USGS and NASA) for "Aura"/OMI satelllite team

2013 Robert H. Goddard Exceptional Achievement Award to Chelyabinsk Bolide Science Team, GSFC/NASA

2012 Group Achievement Award for Suomi/NPP satellite, NASA

1998-2000 NRC Award, National Academy of Sciences (US)

1996 Asteroid 4654 Gor'kavyj named in his honor by International Astronomical Union


“Interplanetary dust distribution and the DIRBE data”

Astrophysics Data Program - NASA - Awarded: 1998-10-10

Dates: 1998-10-10  - 2000-10-10

“The COBE/DIRBE Data and the Basic Physical Characteristics of the Zodiacal Dust Cloud”

Astrophysics Data Program - NASA - Awarded: 2001-01-01

Dates: 2001-01-01  - 2002-12-31

Global Aerosol Measurement System (GAMS)

IRAD - NASA/GSFC - Awarded: 2015-10-01

Special Experience

Dr. Gorkavyi lead the team that successfully used automated feature extraction for processing imagery, LIDAR and IFSAR data for 45 thousand (15 counties of MD, White Sands Missile Range, NM etc), 2002-2008.



Ukhov, A., G. Stenchikov, S. Osipov, et al. N. Krotkov, N. Gorkavyi, C. Li, O. Dubovik, and A. Lopatin. 2023. Inverse Modeling of the Initial Stage of the 1991 Pinatubo Volcanic Cloud Accounting for Radiative Feedback of Volcanic Ash Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 128 (12): [10.1029/2022jd038446]

Gorkavyi, N., N. Krotkov, C. Li, et al. L. Lait, P. Colarco, S. Carn, M. DeLand, P. Newman, M. Schoeberl, G. Taha, O. Torres, A. Vasilkov, and J. Joiner. 2021. Tracking aerosols and SO2 clouds from the Raikoke eruption: 3D view from satellite observations Atmospheric Measurement Techniques 14 (12): 7545-7563 [10.5194/amt-14-7545-2021]

Gorkavyi, N., S. Carn, M. DeLand, et al. Y. Knyazikhin, N. Krotkov, A. Marshak, R. Myneni, and A. Vasilkov. 2021. Earth Imaging From the Surface of the Moon With a DSCOVR/EPIC-Type Camera Frontiers in Remote Sensing 2 [10.3389/frsen.2021.724074]

Gorkavyi, N., Z. Fasnacht, D. Haffner, et al. S. Marchenko, J. Joiner, and A. Vasilkov. 2021. Detection of anomalies in the UV–vis reflectances from the Ozone Monitoring Instrument Atmospheric Measurement Techniques 14 (2): 961-974 [10.5194/amt-14-961-2021]

DeLand, M. T., and N. Gorkavyi. 2021. PMC observations from the OMPS Limb Profiler Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics 213 105505 [10.1016/j.jastp.2020.105505]

Gorkavyi, N., and A. Vasilkov. 2016. A repulsive force in the Einstein theory Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 461 (3): 2929-2933 [10.1093/mnras/stw1517]

Gorkavyi, N., D. Rault, P. Newman, A. M. Da Silva, and A. E. Dudorov. 2013. New stratospheric dust belt due to the Chelyabinsk bolide Geophys. Res. Lett 40 (17): 4728-4733 [10.1002/grl.50788]

Ozernoy, L. M., N. Gorkavyi, J. C. Mather, and T. A. Taidakova. 2000. Signatures of Exosolar Planets in Dust Debris Disks The Astrophysical Journal 537 L147 [10.1086/312779]

Gorkavyi, N., L. M. Ozernoy, J. C. Mather, and T. A. Taidakova. 1997. Quasi-Stationary States of Dust Flows Under Poynting-Robertson Drag: New Analytical And Numerical Solutions The Astrophysical Journal 488 268-276


Gorkavyi, N., J. Snyder, and D. Lashlee. 2007. A Survey of Terrain Modeling Technologies and Techniques U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, ERDC/TEC TR-08-2 pp. 1-153

Gorkavyi, N., L. M. Ozernoy, J. C. Mather, and T. A. Taidakova. 2000. The NGST and the zodiacal light in the Solar system NGST Science and Technology Exposition. Eds. E.P. Smith & K.S. Long, ASP Series 207 462-467

Fridman, A. M., and N. Gorkavyi. 1999. Physics of Planetary Rings: Celestial Mechanics of Continuous Media