Industry Calibration Expert Bruce Wielicki to Address Attendees during 2011 Calibration Conference

August 15, 2011

NORTH LOGAN – NASA Langley Research Center’s Senior Scientist for Earth Science, Dr. Bruce A. Wielicki will address participants during a keynote presentation during the 2011 Conference on Characterization and Radiometric Calibration for Remote Sensing on August 30, 2011.  The CALCON conference is held annually at Utah State University.

Since joining NASA in 1980, Dr. Wielicki’s research has focused on clouds and radiation and their roles in the Earth's climate system.  He currently serves as the Science Team Lead for NASA’s new Climate Absolute Radiance and Refractivity Observatory (CLARREO) mission.  CLARREO is focused on high accuracy climate decadal change observations and will be a cornerstone of the international climate observing system.

The CLARREO Science Team consists of 30 investigators from NASA, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, 6 universities, and the United Kingdom.  From 1990 to 2009 Dr. Wielicki served as Principal Investigator on the NASA Clouds and the Earth’s Radiant Energy System (CERES) Investigation. CERES is also a multi-agency, university, and international science team with 38 members studying the Earth’s radiative energy balance. The CERES team led by Dr. Wielicki has provided the most highly integrated scientific data from the Earth Observing System TRMM, Terra, and Aqua platforms.  The CERES analysis and data products integrate matched data for clouds, aerosols, and radiative fluxes from the top of the atmosphere to the surface of the Earth.  The final gridded data products include information from up to 11 instruments on 7 different spacecraft.

Dr. Wielicki has served as a Co-Investigator on the NASA CloudSat and Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations cloud-observation satellite missions. CloudSat and CALIPSO are active sensors studying cloud, aerosol, and radiation climate processes and fly in close formation with the CERES instruments and other instruments on the Earth Observing System Aqua platform.

Hosted by the Space Dynamics Laboratory, the Annual Conference on Characterization and Radiometric Calibration for Remote Sensing will be held from August 29 – September 1 at Utah State University.  During the conference, experts in the calibration community offer relevant knowledge and suggestions about calibration, characterization, and radiometric issues within the microwave, IR, visible, and UV spectrums. Individuals developing measurement requirements for today and future sensor systems are encouraged to participate and help close the gap between expectations and real world experiences. The continuity and advancement of our calibration community depends on your participation.