MODIS Team Leader
University of Colorado
Boulder, CO 80303-7814
Phone: (303) 492-8099
Dr. Michael King is Senior Research Associate in the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Colorado. He previously served as Senior Project Scientist of NASA’s Earth Observing System (EOS) from 1992 to 2008. He joined Goddard Space Flight Center in January 1978 as a physical scientist, and served as Project Scientist of the Earth Radiation Budget Experiment (ERBE) from 1983-1992. His research experience includes conceiving, developing, and operating multispectral scanning radiometers from a number of aircraft platforms in field experiments ranging from arctic stratus clouds to smoke from the Kuwait oil fires and biomass burning in Brazil and southern Africa. He has also developed inversion algorithms for deriving aerosol size distribution and refractive index from ground-based sunphotometers used worldwide. Earlier, he developed the Cloud Absorption Radiometer for studying the absorption properties of optically thick clouds as well as the bidirectional reflectance properties of many natural surfaces, and was formerly principal investigator of the MODIS Airborne Simulator, an imaging spectrometer that flies onboard the NASA ER-2 aircraft. This instrument has aided immeasurably in the development of atmospheric and land remote sensing algorithms for the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument.
As a MODIS Science Team member, he also led the development of 5 science algorithms being run routinely to process MODIS data, including the algorithm for determining cloud optical thickness and effective particle radius of both liquid water and ice clouds, and gridded global atmosphere properties at 1° × 1° latitude/longitude resolution.
Dr. King has received many awards and recognitions for his research and leadership in Earth system science, including election to the National Academy of Engineering, election as a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), American Geophysical Union (AGU), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He is also a recipient of the Verner E. Suomi Award of the AMS and the Space Systems Award of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and many NASA medals and awards.
King has a B.A. in Physics from Colorado College, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Arizona. He has authored over 100 papers published in refereed scientific journals, in addition to editing 1 Book (Our Changing Planet: The View from Space), 5 Scientific Documents, and 26 book chapters.