James F Gleason

James F Gleason

  • Chief , Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics
  • 301.614.5736 | 301.614.5903
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 614
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: NASA
  • Brief Bio

    Dr. James Gleason is the Chief of the Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics Laboratory.  He serves Project Scientist for the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership Mission (Suomi NPP) and as the Senior Project Scientist for the NASA/NOAA Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) Program. 

    Gleason is contributor to many ongoing research groups and studies involving atmospheric remote sensing. He was the Principal Investigator of the Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) data product from Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) on the Earth Observing System's Aura mission.

    As the NASA Headquarters Tropospheric Chemistry Program Manager, he led the development and coordination of NASA's contribution to the International Consortium for Atmospheric Research on Transport and Transformation (ICARTT) field campaign. Gleason and NOAA colleagues used the NASA DC-8, the NOAA P-3 aircraft and the NOAA ship Ron Brown, to coordinate a campaign of 13 aircraft from 5 countries and 5 US agencies. He serves on European Space Agency, EUMETSAT and NOAA advisory boards, helping to transfer NASA's lessons-learned from research satellites to help improve the planning for future operational satellites.

    In addition to his work on OMI NO2, he has published papers on the effect of the Mount Pinatubo eruption on stratospheric ozone, long-term ozone trends and using Total Ozone Mapping (TOMS) Aerosol Index to monitor biomass burning in the Amazon Region.

    Research Interests

    Remote sensing of atmospheric trace species, validation and analysis of satellite data, laboratory kinetic studies.


    Current Projects

    Joint Polar Satellite System Senior Project Scientist


    Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (SNPP) Project Scientist


    Positions/Employment

    1/2016 - Present

    Chief, Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics Laboratory

    NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD
    6/2015 - 1/2016

    Associate Chief, Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics Laboratory

    NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center
    2005 - Present

    Senior Research Scientist

    NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD
    1993 - 2005

    Research Scientist

    NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenblt MD
    1991 - 1993

    Research Scientist

    University Space Research Association, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt MD
    1989 - 1991

    NAS/NRC Resident Research Associate,

    NAS National Research Council , NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt MD
    1987 - 1989

    Post-Doctoral Research Associate

    Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY

    Education

    1980 – B. S. Chemistry, St. Lawrence University
    1987 - Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Colorado

    Professional Societies

    American Geophysical Union , 1985 - Present
    American Chemical Society , 1979 - Present

    Professional Service

    1995 - 2004 European Space Agency ERS-2 GOME Science Advisory Group
    2004 - 2012 EUMETSAT Post-EPS Mission Expert Team
    2014 - 2018 European Space Agency Sentinel 5 Precursor Mission Advisory Group
    2018 - present ESA Sentinel 5 Precursor Mission Quality Working Group
    2004 - present Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (SNPP) Project Scientist
    2010 - present Joint Polar Satellite System Senior Project Scientist
     

    Awards

    2012 NASA Exceptional Acheivement Medal
    2011  NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal
    2007 Pecora Group Award for the Total Ozone Mapping (TOMS) Instrument Team
    2006 AIAA Space Systems Group Award "for developing the Earth Observing System”

    Special Experience

    1993 - 1995 EOS Aura Project Scientist
    1999 - 2011 Principal Investigator NO2 Data Product OMI Science Team
    2002 - 2005 Tropospheric Chemistry Program Manager; NASA Headquarters

    Brief Bio

    Dr. James Gleason is the Chief of the Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics Laboratory.  He serves Project Scientist for the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership Mission (Suomi NPP) and as the Senior Project Scientist for the NASA/NOAA Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) Program. 

    Gleason is contributor to many ongoing research groups and studies involving atmospheric remote sensing. He was the Principal Investigator of the Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) data product from Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) on the Earth Observing System's Aura mission.

    As the NASA Headquarters Tropospheric Chemistry Program Manager, he led the development and coordination of NASA's contribution to the International Consortium for Atmospheric Research on Transport and Transformation (ICARTT) field campaign. Gleason and NOAA colleagues used the NASA DC-8, the NOAA P-3 aircraft and the NOAA ship Ron Brown, to coordinate a campaign of 13 aircraft from 5 countries and 5 US agencies. He serves on European Space Agency, EUMETSAT and NOAA advisory boards, helping to transfer NASA's lessons-learned from research satellites to help improve the planning for future operational satellites.

    In addition to his work on OMI NO2, he has published papers on the effect of the Mount Pinatubo eruption on stratospheric ozone, long-term ozone trends and using Total Ozone Mapping (TOMS) Aerosol Index to monitor biomass burning in the Amazon Region.

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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