Climate & Radiation


We investigate atmospheric radiation, both as a driver for climate change and as a tool for the remote sensing of Earth's atmosphere and surface. Our Climate research program seeks to better understand how our planet reached its present state, and how it may respond to future drivers, both natural and anthropogenic.

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Kathleen Schiro is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia. Prof. Schiro earned her B.A. in Earth and Planetary Science at Johns Hopkins University in 2011 and her PhD in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2017. Prior to joining the faculty at UVA, Prof. Schiro was a postdoctoral scholar at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology. As an atmospheric scientist, she specializes in studying clouds, convection, and precipitation across scales in the tropics using field campaign data, satellite observations, and climate models.  

The 2017 Decadal Survey recommended the planetary boundary layer (PBL) as a high priority incubation measurement.  To support agency efforts in PBL mission planning, the Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO) is increasing its focus on data assimilation and physical parameterization of the boundary layer in the GEOS modeling system.

The title for my talk is taken from the 2009 National Academy Committee report “Observing the Weather and Climate from the Ground Up: A Nationwide Network of Networks” that made the case for a thermodynamic profiling of the immediate atmospheric layer (Planetary Boundary layer or PBL) we influence.

Maniac Talks

POC: Charles K. Gatebe, Phone: 301-614-6228, Email:

Maniac Talks are about what inspired people to do what they are doing now in their career. It's about their driving forces and motivators and what keeps them going. It's about how they overcome obstacles. The format of the talks is informal and discussion is encouraged. All talks are recorded/taped and archived at GSFC Library. The talks are also available on YouTube:

Associate Director for Institutional Planning and Development, Earth Sciences Division, NASA/GSFC.