The IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society Chapter in Los Angeles Presents a Special Lecture Event!

Exploration with  Passive Microwave Radiometers at JPL:
Past, Present and Future

Dr. Shannon T. Brown
Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Wednesday, Oct 5, 2016
5:30–7:30 PM

Buwalda Room, Arms Laboratory
Caltech Campus
Pasadena, California


About the Talk: The Jet Propulsion Laboratory has been developing microwave radiometers since the early 1960s for planetary missions initially and then Earth itself. This talk highlights the developments of the past and how they relate to on-going and future research in microwave radiometry at JPL. Examples include the Juno Microwave Radiometer (MWR) system and the Compact Ocean Wind Vector Radiometer (COWVR) system. Key science resulting from instruments such as these will be presented, ranging from observations of a rapidly intensifying hurricane on Earth to observations on the deep circulation within Jupiter. Prospects for the future of radiometry will be presented focusing on emerging technology trends and what small-satellite systems could mean for observing the Earth system like never before. The complete abstract of the talk can be found here.

About the Speaker: Dr. Brown is a senior technologist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA.  He joined JPL in 2005 as a member the Microwave Advanced Systems section.  He received a B.S degree in Meteorology from the Pennsylvania State University and a M.S. in Atmospheric Science from the University of Michigan.  He received a Ph.D. in 2005 in Geoscience and Remote Sensing, also from the University of Michigan.  His research interests include microwave radiometer system development, calibration, geophysical algorithm development for both passive and active sensors, extraction of climate data records and radiometer science.  He has been involved with the spaceborne Topex, Jason-1, 2 and 3 Microwave Radiometers and the WindSat Polarimetric Radiometer.  He is currently the Principal Investigator of the Compact Ocean Wind Vector Radiometer being developed for the US Air Force and instrument scientist for the NASA Juno Microwave Radiometer on the Juno New Frontiers mission to Jupiter.  He is a member of the Ocean Surface Topography Science Team, the Ocean Salinity Science Team, the SMAP Science Team.  He received a NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal in 2009 and the JPL Lew Allen Award in 2010.  He has also received four NASA Group Achievement Awards.

About the Dinner: The dinner buffet at the Athenaeum is $38 plus tax per person. Chapter members and non-members would pay for their meal; please bring cash. RSVP to by Oct 2 if you wish to join us for dinner.

Please see the event flier for agenda and other details.