Sciences and Exploration Directorate

Peter Pantina



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


Loftus, A. M., S.-C. Tsay, P. Pantina, et al. C. Nguyen, P. M. Gabriel, X. A. Nguyen, A. M. Sayer, W.-K. Tao, and T. Matsui. 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]

Sayer, A. M., N.-Y. C. Hsu, T.-C. Hsiao, et al. P. Pantina, F. Kuo, C.-F. Ou-Yang, B. N. Holben, S. Janjai, S. Chantara, S.-H. Wang, A. M. Loftus, N.-H. Lin, and S.-C. Tsay. 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]

Tsay, S.-C., P. Pantina, J. R. Lewis, Q. Ji, and J. R. Herman. 2014. Spectral derivative analysis of solar spectroradiometric measurements: Theoretical basis J. Geophys. Res. Atmos. 119 (14): 8908–8924 [10.1002/2013JD021423]

Tsay, S.-C., N.-Y. C. Hsu, W. K. Lau, et al. C. Li, P. M. Gabriel, Q. Ji, B. N. Holben, E. J. Welton, X. A. Nguyen, S. Janjai, N. H. Lin, J. S. Reid, J. Boonjawat, S. G. Howell, B. Huebert, J. S. Fu, R. A. Hansell, A. M. Sayer, R. Gautam, S.-H. Wang, C. S. Goodloe, L. R. Miko, P. K. Shu, A. M. Loftus, J. Huang, J. Y. Kim, M.-J. Jeong, and P. Pantina. 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]