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.

News and Events

As air quality in the Eastern United States has improved, determining the root cause of air pollution episodes has become more challenging. This not only impacts the ability to reliably forecast pollution episodes but also the development of regulations that will lead to further reductions in ozone and its precursors, such as NOxand volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Experience has shown that the measurements of light scattering by surfaces, described by the bidirectional reflectance-distribution function (BRDF) is an art in itself.

The size distribution of liquid cloud droplets plays an important role in defining different cloud behaviors ranging from light scattering and precipitation development processes.

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.