Sciences and Exploration Directorate

Peter Pantina


Peter Pantina's Contact Card & Information.
Phone: 301.614.7065
Org Code: 612
Mail Code 612
Greenbelt, MD 20771


Senior Research Scientist

Science Systems and Applications, Inc. (SSAI) - Greenbelt, MD

November 2011 - Present

  • Operate and analyze data from over 40 instruments for characterization of atmospheric aerosols and clouds for various NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (NASA-GSFC) SMARTLabs’ field campaigns ( .
  • Develop code to acquire, calibrate, process, analyze, visualize, and archive time series and spatial data from individual instruments.
  • Design problem-solving procedures to test and correct sensors in the field.
  • Current research focused on: (1) long-range transport of biomass burning aerosols, (2) aerosols and human health, (3) cloud-aerosol-precipitation interactions, (4) multi-frequency remote sensing, and (5) satellite validation.

Graduate Research Assistant

Center for Ocean Atmospheric Prediction Studies - Tallahassee, FL

March 2010 - May 2011

  • Utilized 2D-mapping software (GrADS) to compile, process, statistically analyze, and visualize several years of large climate-related (NCEP R2, CFSR, MERRA) datasets to understand hydrological (moisture) processes and biases within reanalyses on interannual and intraseasonal time scales.


  • 2011, M.S. in Meteorology, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.
  • 2008, B.A. conc. in Biological Sciences, Florida Atlantic University, Jupiter, FL.


Current Projects

SMARTLabs Mobile Laboratories

Surface Properties

  • NASA SMARTLabs host a broad range of instruments, exceeding fifty active/passive sensors for the measurement of solar and terrestrial radiation, in-situ observation of physico-chemical properties of aerosols and precursor gases, and remote sensing of cloud-aerosol-precipitation interactions.

Selected Publications


2016. "Coupled Aerosol-Cloud Systems over Northern Vietnam during 7-SEAS/BASELInE: A Radar and Modeling Perspective." Aerosol Air Qual. Res. 16 2768-2785 [10.4209/aaqr.2015.11.0631] [Journal Article/Letter]

2015. "In-situ and remotely-sensed observations of biomass burning aerosols at Doi Ang Khang Thailand during 7-SEAS/BASELInE 2015." Aerosol and Air Quality Research 16 2768-2801 [10.4209/aaqr.2015.08.0500] [Journal Article/Letter]

2014. "Spectral derivative analysis of solar spectroradiometric measurements: Theoretical basis." J. Geophys. Res. Atmos. 119 (14): 8908–8924 [10.1002/2013JD021423] [Journal Article/Letter]

2013. "From BASE-ASIA toward 7-SEAS: A satellite-surface perspective of boreal spring biomass-burning aerosols and clouds in Southeast Asia." Atmospheric Environment 78 20-34 [10.1016/j.atmosenv.2012.12.013] [Journal Article/Letter]