Image from TERRA
Wed, 13 Nov 2019 13:51 EST

The state of New South Wales (NSW) in south eastern Australia is continuing to experience devastating bushfires due to the dry tinder-like atmosphere in the territory: high winds, dry lightning and continuing heat.

Image from TERRA
Fri, 08 Nov 2019 09:56 EST

Smoke billows from the scores of bushfires on Australia east coast in this image captured by NASA's Terra satellite on Nov. 08, 2019, using the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument onboard.

Image from TERRA
Tue, 05 Nov 2019 19:03 EST

The Earth-observing mission ECOSTRESS reveals how the massive rainforest fires this past August spread in dry areas visible only to this specialized sensor.

Dr. David J. Diner

MISR Principal Investigator

Jet Propulsion Laboratory
M/S 233-200
4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena, CA 91109

Phone: 818-354-6319

Email: David.J.Diner@jpl.nasa.gov


Dr. David Diner is the principal investigator for the MISR instrument at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Diner joined JPL in 1981 as a member of the technical staff. He became the MISR principal investigator in 1989. In addition, he is currently principal investigator for the first and second generation Airborne Multiangle SpectroPolarimetric Imagers (AirMSPI, AirMSPI-2) and the Earth Venture Multi-Angle Imager for Aerosols (MAIA), which is currently in development for a planned 2022 launch. Diner is currently a senior research scientist at JPL with an interest in remote sensing instrument development; atmospheric optics; aerosol climate, environmental, and human health impacts; and planetary atmospheres.

Awards received include the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal for aerosol scientific leadership, the One NASA Peer Award, the NASA Space Act Award, the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal for MISR, several NASA group achievement awards, and the American Association for Aerosol Research Benjamin Liu Award for outstanding contributions to aerosol instrumentation and experimental techniques.

Diner has a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and advanced degrees (Master of Science and Ph.D.) in planetary science and geology from the California Institute of Technology.