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Manuel de la Torre Juarez's Picture
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Manuel de la Torre Juarez

Education
  • Licenciado con Grado (~Masters Degree) in Fundamental Physics, Universidad Complutense of Madrid (1985)
  • Ph.D. in Nonlinear Phenomena in Physics, U.N.E.D. (1990)

Research Interests
  • Climate processes: Characterization of climate processes through remote sensing data
  • Geophysical fluid dynamics: quasigeostrophic turbulence, pattern formation in geophysical fluid flows, nonlinear convection, giant planets, terrestrial atmospheres, similarities between planetary atmospheres
  • Physics of remote sensing
  • Nonlinear fluid dynamics
  • Nonlinear processes in classical mechanics

Projects

MSL - Mars Science Laboratory Icon MSL - Mars Science Laboratory

The Curiosity rover landed at Gale Crater on August 5, 2012. It is designed to search for and assess past or present habitable environments, i.e., those capable of supporting microbial life.



Professional Experience
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1997-present)
    • Project Management: Investigation Scientist for the Rover Environmental Monitoring Station (REMS) aboard the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) (2004-present)
    • Science outreach for the GPS radio occultation group (2000-2005)
    • Visiting Senior Research Associate through the NRC program of the National Academy of Sciences (1997-2000)

    Before JPL:

  • Assistant Professor (Oct 1990-June 1995) and Associate Professor (June 1995-Jan 1998) for Applied Physics at the Aeronautical Engineering School of Madrid
  • Teaching Assistant at the Faculty of Physics, University of Bayreuth, Germany (1988-Sept 1990)
  • Stagiaire at the Centre d'Etudes Atomiques de Saclay, France (1987)
  • Assistant at the Fundamental Phys. Dept. U.N.E.D, Madrid, Spain (1985-87)

Selected Awards
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, MSL Payload System Management Team (2013)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, MSL Project Operations Team (2013)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, MSL REMS Instrument Development and Science Team (2013)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, MSL Science Office Development and Operations Team (2013)
  • NASA Tech Brief Award for NTR No 41551: "Carrier phase delay altimetry with GPS-reflection/occultation interferometry from low Earth orbiters." Awarded by the Chairman, NASA Inventions and Contributions Board (11 January 2007)
  • NASA Board Award for NTR No. 30596: "GPS Occultation Analysis System (GOAS)." Awarded by the Chairman, NASA Inventions and Contributions Board (27 July 2006)
  • Senior Research Visiting Associate at JPL through the NRC program of the National Academy of Sciences (1997-2000)
  • Spanish Department of Education and Science: Research Personnel Fellowship (FPI) for PostDoc stay at the Fundamental Physics Dept of the UNED (1985-1990)
  • Extraordinary Ph.D. Dissertation award at the UNED (1990)
  • Spanish Department of Education and Science: Research Personnel Fellowship (FPI) for Graduate studies in Fundamental Physics at the UNED (1985-1990)
  • Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst Fellowship for summer internships at the University of Erlangen-Nurnberg (1982 and 1983)

Selected Publications
  1.  Remote Sensing:
    M. de la Torre Juárez, B. H. Kahn, and E. J. Fetzer, 'Cloud-type dependencies of MODIS and AMSR-E liquid water path differences'. Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., vol. 9, 3367-3399, 2009.

    M. de la Torre Juárez, Marcus S, Dönbrack A, Schrøder TM, Kivi R, Iijima BA, Hajj GA, Mannucci AJ, 'Detection of temperatures conducive to Arctic polar stratospheric clouds using CHAMP and SAC-C radio occultation data'. Journal of Geophysical Research, vol 114(d7): D07112, 2009.

    E.J. Fetzer, Fetzer EJ, Read WG, Waliser D, Kahn BH, Tian B, Vömel H, Irion FW, Su H, Eldering A, de la Torre Juárez M, 'Comparison of upper tropospheric water vapor observations from the Microwave Limb Sounder and Atmospheric Infrared Sounder'. J. Geophys. Res., vol 113(d22): D22110, 2008.

    T.M. Schrøder, C. O. Ao, Hajj, M. de la Torre Juárez, 'Sensitivity of GPS occultation to the tropopause height'. J. Geophys. Res.,vol. 112, D06119,doi:10.1029/2006JD007330, 2007.

    G.S. Peng, M. de la Torre Juárez, R.W. Farley, J.E. Wessel. Impacts of upper tropospheric clouds on GPS radio occultation profiles'. IEEE conference proceedings on LIDAR systems and applications, Jan. 2006.

    D. L. Wu, C. O. Ao, G. A. Hajj, M. de la Torre Juárez, A. J. Mannucci, Sporadic-E morphology from GPS-CHAMP radio occultation'. J. Geophys. Res.,vol. 110, A01306,doi:10.1029/2004JA010701, 2005.

    C. O. Ao, G. A. Hajj, T. K. Meehan, and A. J. Mannucci, and  M. de la Torre Juárez, Recent progress on the active limb sounding of the Earth with GPS signals'. IGARSS Proceedings (Seoul, July 2529, 2005).

    C. O. Ao, G. A. Hajj, B. A. Iijima, A. J. Mannucci, T. M. Schroder, M. de la Torre Juárez, and  S. S. Leroy,  Sensitivity of stratospheric retrievals from radio occultations on upper boundary conditions'. Proceedings of the 2nd International  Workshop on Occultations for Probing Atmosphere and Climate (OPAC-2) (Graz, Sept. 13Ð17, 2004), Springer-Verlag, in press, 2005.

    M. de la Torre Juárez, T.M. Schroder, C.O. Ao. Tropical tropopause structure and processes as observed with GPS  radio occultation'. Proceedings for the Space 2004 Conference and Exhibit,  AIAA Papernumber 2004-6068 San Diego, California, Sep. 28-30, 2004.

    C. Ao, G. Hajj, B. Iijima, M. de la Torre Juárez and A. Mannucci, Remote Sensing of Fine-Scale Vertical Structures in the Atmosphere with GPS Occultations'. Proceedings of the Space 2004 Conference and Exhibit, AIAA-2004-6065, San Diego, California, Sep. 28-30, 2004.

    M. de la Torre Juárez, Hajj, G.A., Kursinski, E.R., Mannucci, A.J, Romans, L.J. 'Single frequency retrievals of GPS/MET radio occultations', Int. J. Remote Sensing. 25, 18, 37313744, Sep 2004.

    E. Cardellach, C. O. Ao, M. de la Torre Juárez, and G. A. Hajj. 'Carrier phase delay altimetry with GPS-reflection/occultation interferometry  from low Earth orbiters'  Geophysical Research Letters, 31,L10402,doi:10.1029/2004GL019775, 2004.

    G.A. Hajj, C.O. Ao, B.A. Iijima, D. Kuang, E.R. Kursinski, A.J. Mannucci, T.K. Meehan, L.J. Romans, M. de la Torre Juárez, S. S. Leroy,  CHAMP and SAC-C, Atmospheric Occultation Results and Intercomparisons'.  J. of Geophys. Res., 109, Art. no D06210, 2004.

    C. O. Ao, G. A. Hajj, T. K. Meehan, S. S. Leroy, E. R. Kursinski, M. de la Torre Juárez, B. A. Iijima, and A. J. Mannucci, Backpropagation processing of GPS radio occultation data'. First CHAMP Mission Results for Gravity, Magnetic and Atmospheric Studies, ed. C. Reighber, H. Luhr, and P. Schwintzer, pp. 415-422, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 2003.

    M. de la Torre Juárez and Mattias Nilsson. On the detection of water vapor profiles and thin moisture layers from atmospheric radio occultations.'  Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, 108(D9), doi10.1029/2002JD002880, 2003.

    Hajj, G. A., M. de la Torre Juárez, B. A. Iijima, E. R. Kursinski,, A J. mannucci, and T. P. Yunck,  'GPS radio occultations coming of age: spacecraft launches add two new  instruments for climate monitoring', EOS, Transactions, 83, (4), p. 37, 2002.

  2. Geophysical Fluid dynamics:

    P. Poli, C. O. Ao and M. de la Torre Juárez, J.Joiner, G.A. Hajj, and R.M. Hoff. 'Evaluation of CHAMP radio occultation refractivity using data assimilation office analyses and radiosondes' Geophysical Research Letters, 30(15):art no. 1800, doi:10.1029/2003GL017637, 2003.

    M. de la Torre Juárez, 'Geostrophic thermal winds with a full Coriolis force: Response to "Thermal wind balance with full geostrophy"'  by J-I Yano' Geophys.  Astrophys. Fluid Dyn., 96, 2002.

    M. de la Torre Juárez, B.M. Fisher, G.S. Orton, Large scale geostrophic winds with a full representation of the Coriolis force: Application to IR observations of the upper Jovian troposphere. Geophys. Astrophys. Fluid Dyn., 96, pp. 87-114, 2002.

    J. Y-K. Cho,  M. de la Torre Juárez, A.P. Ingersoll, D.G. Dritschel, 'A High-resolution 3D model of Jupiter Great Red Spot.' J. Geophys. Res. Planets, 106 (E3): pp. 5099-5105, 2001.

    D.G. Dritschel, M. de la Torre Juárez, M.H.P. Ambaum The Three-dimensional vortical nature of atmospheric and oceanic turbulent flows.' Physics of Fluids, 11, pp. 1512-1520 (1999).

    D.G. Dritschel, M. de la Torre Juárez,'The instability and breakdown of tall columnar vortices in a quasi-geostrophic fluid,' J. Fluid Mechanics, 328, pp. 129-160 (1996).

    M. de la Torre Juárez, F.H. Busse, 'Stability of two-dimensional convection in a fluid saturated porous medium' J. Fluid Mechanics, 292, pp. 305-323 (1995).

  3. Experiments in pattern formation in electroconvection:

    I. Rehberg, S. Rasenat, M. de la Torre Juárez, W. Schoepf, F. Hoerner, G. Ahlers, H.R. Brand, Thermally Induced Hydrodynamic Fluctuations below the onset of Electroconvection', Phys. Rev. Lett 67, pp. 596 (1991).

    M. de la Torre Juárez,  I.  Rehberg, Four-wave  Resonance  in Electrohydrodynamic Convection', Phys. Rev. A 42, 4 (1990).

    M. de la Torre Juárez,  W.  Zimmermann,  I.  Rehberg: Sideband instability in modulated traveling wave convection' Nonlinear Evolution of Spatio-Temporal Structures in Dissipative Continuous Systems, Eds. F.H. Busse  L.  Kramer,  NATO-ASI Series  (Plenum Press, 1989).

    I. Rehberg, B. L. Winkler, M. de la Torre Juárez,  S.  Rasenat, W. Schoepf:  'Pattern formation in a liquid crystal', Advances  in Solid State Physics 29,  Ed.  U.  Roessler  (Vieweg, Braunschweig 1989), 35. (Invited, edited, not refereed).

    A. Buka,  M. de la Torre Juárez,  L.  Kramer,  I.  Rehberg, Transient Structures in the Freedericksz transition', Phys. Rev.  A 40, (1989) 7427.

  4.  Experiments and Numerics of Temporal chaos:
    M.  A.  Rubio,  M. de la Torre Juárez,  J.  C.   Antoranz, Intermitencies and  power-law  low-frequency  divergencies  in  a nonlinear oscillator', Physica D 36,(1989) 92.

  5. Didactic publications:
    M. de la Torre Juárez, 'The effect of impulsive forces on a system with friction: the example of the billiard game'. Eur. J. Physics, 15 pp. 184-190 (1994).

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