Learn a bit more about the people behind this project.
Dr. Thomas Painter is a Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He operates the Snow Optics Laboratory at JPL, which encompasses remote sensing, in situ, and field measurements of snow properties, combined with point to distributed hydrologic modeling. He has made fundamental contributions to the fields of snow remote sensing, snow optics, and our understanding of the impacts of dust and black carbon on snow and ice melt. He has been with JPL since 2010.
Dr. Chris Mattmann is the Data System Lead for the SnowDS Portal and leads the team of developers building the data system for Dr. Tom Painter. Mattmann is a Co-I on a Winning NASA National Climate Assessment Proposal to analyze Snow Hydrology in the Western US and Alaska using algorithms from Dr. Painter that improve MODIS data. Mattmann has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from USC, and has worked at JPL for 11 years.
Dr. Kat Bormann joined the SnowDS team in October 2013 after completing her PhD in Climate Science at the Climate Change Research Centre in Australia. Kat is currently focused on applying the Snow Cover and Grain size (SCAG) spectral unmixing algorithm (Painter et al., 2009) to surface reflectance retrievals from the VIIRS sensor on board NASA's Suomi NPP satellite. She is also interested in observations and modelling of snow properties (in particular snow density) to improve estimation of water resources that are contained within seasonal snowpacks.
Mary Jo Brodzik is the Special Projects Lead and Senior Associate Scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, CO.
Dr. Annie Bryant Burgess is part of the SnowDS team focused on developing MODIS-based snow products. In particular, Annie was the principal developer of the MODIS Dust Radiative Forcing in Snow (MODDRFS) retrieval, which determines additional energy absorbed by a snowpack attributed to light-absorbing impurities, such as mineral dust. Annie uses MODDRFS data to determine spatial and temporal patterns of dust radiative forcing in snow around the globe. Her research also seeks to better inform how dust radiative forcing impacts regional snow hydrology. Dr. Bryant Burgess can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Karl Rittger is a Research Scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, CO. His interests include the remote sensing of snow and Earth surface energy and water balances. Karl has contributed to the validation of MODSCAG and is working on the validation of TMSCAG and the transfer of the algorithm to the USGS for on-demand fractional snow cover.
Sara is better known as McKenzie and has a PhD in Geography from UCLA. She completed her masters thesis, 'Interannual Variability in Radiative Forcing by Desert Dust in Snowcover in the Colorado River Basin', at the University of Utah in 2010. She is currently working with data from the Western Energy Balance of Snow (WEBS) network, modeling snow melt and radiative forcing by dust in snow.
Avid 1988 Honda CRX Driver who enjoys slinging Python and has been through the IDL trial by fire.
Paul Ramirez is a software architect and senior software engineer at NASA JPL. Paul has extensive experience in building science data systems for both Earth and Planetary projects. He is the Vice Chair of the Earth Science Data Systems Geospatial Working Group. He is also active in the open source community as a committer, member and mentor at the Apache Software Foundation. Paul has a MS in Computer Science from the University of Southern California.
Paul Zimdars is a Senior System Administrator for the Snow project. He has worked over 10 years on multiple JPL flight and non-flight related projects. He has extensive knowledge in Linux and Unix administration including advanced network, storage and web application troubleshooting and support.