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Curriculum Vitae:

Robert West

Education
  • B.S. with honors, Astronomy, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California (1973)
  • Ph.D., Planetary Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona (1977)

Research Interests
Radiative transfer in planetary atmospheres, especially observation and interpretation of multiply-scattered light observed by spacecraft and ground-based instruments.

Projects

Cassini-Huygens Icon Cassini-Huygens
The Cassini-Huygens spacecraft is currently exploring the ringed planet, its mysterious moons, the stunning rings and its complex magnetic environment.


Selected Awards
NASA Group Achievement Awards for:
  • Cassini Solstice Pre-Integration Team (2011)
  • Comet Shoemaker-Levy Jupiter Impact Observation Team (Hubble Space Telescope)
  • Voyager PPS
  • Galileo UVS
  • Solar Mesosphere Explorer

Selected Publications
Encyclopedia Articles
  1. Radiative Transfer in Planetary Atmospheres in Encyclopedia of Planetary Sciences. Chapman and Hall (1997).
  2. The Atmospheres of the Giant Planets, in Encyclopedia of the Solar System. Academic Press (1998).
  3. Clouds in Planetary Atmospheres, in Encyclopedia of Astronomy and Astrophysics. Institute of Physics Publishing and Grove Publishers Ltd. (2001).
Book Chapters
  1. Tomasko, M.G., R.A. West, G.S. Orton and V.G. Tejfel, "Clouds and Aerosols in Saturn's Atmosphere," in Saturn (T. Gehrels and M.S. Matthews, eds.), University of Arizona Press (1984).
  2. Beebe, R.F., G.S. Orton and R.A. West, "Time-Variable Nature of the Jovian Cloud Properties and Thermal Structure: An Observational Perspective." Review chapter in Time Variable Phenomena in the Jovian System, Belton, West and Rahe, eds. (NASA SP 494), (1989).
  3. West, R. A., K. H. Baines, and J. B. Pollack, "Clouds and Aerosols in the Uranian Atmosphere." in Uranus. J. T. Bergstralh and M.S. Matthews, Eds., Univ. of Arizona Press (1991).
  4. West, R. A., "Particles in Jupiter's Atmosphere from the Impacts of Comet P/Shoemaker-Levy 9," in The Collision of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 and Jupiter, K. Noll, P. Feldman and H. Weaver, Eds., Cambridge University Press, (1996).
  5. West, R.A., "Condensates in Jovian Atmospheres," in From Giant Planets to Cool Stars, C. Griffith and M. Marley, Eds., Astron. Soc. Pacific Conference Series (1999).
  6. West, R. A., K. H. Baines, A. J. Friedson, D. Banfield, B. Ragent, and F. Taylor, "Jovian Clouds and Haze", in Jupiter - The Planet, Satellites and Magnetosphere. F. Bagenal, T. Dowling and W. McKinnon, Eds., Cambridge University Press, 2004.
  7. Flasar, F. M., K. H. Baines, M. K. Bird, T. Tokano and R. A. West, "Atmospheric Dynamics and Meteorology", in Titan from Cassini/Huygens, R. Brown et al. Eds., Springer, 2009.
  8. Tomasko, M. G., and R. A. West, "Aerosols in Titan's Atmosphere", in Titan from Cassini/Huygens, R. Brown et al. Eds., Springer, 2009.
  9. West, R. A., K. H. Baines, E. Karkoschka and A. Sanchez-Lavega. "Clouds and Aerosols in Saturn's Atmosphere", in Saturn from Cassini/Huygens, MDougherty et al. Eds., Springer, 2009.
  10. West, R. A., P. Lavvas, C. Anderson, and H. Imanaka. "Titan's Haze", in Titan: Surface, Atmosphere and Magnetosphere, I. Muller-Wodarg, C. Griffith, E. Lellouch and T. Cravens, Eds., Cambridge Univ. Press, 2014.
  11. West, R.A., P.A. Yanamandra-Fisher and V. Korokhin, "Polarization of the gas giant planets, Saturn's rings, and Titan: Observations and Interpretation", in Polarimetry of stars and planetary systems, L. Kolokolva, J. Hough and A.-Chantal Levasseur-Regourd Eds., Cambridge Univ. Press, in press, 2014.
Sample Journal Articles
  1. West, R.A., D.F. Strobel and M.G. Tomasko, "Clouds, Aerosols and Photochemistry in the Jovian Atmosphere," Icarus 65, 161-217 (1986).
  2. West, R., D. Crisp, and L. Chen, "Mapping Transformations for Broadband Atmospheric Radiation Calculations." J. Quant. Spectr. and Radiat. Transfer 43, 191-199, (1990).
  3. West, R. A., and P. H. Smith, "Evidence for Aggregate Particles in the Atmospheres of Titan and Jupiter." Icarus 90, 330-333 (1991).
  4. West, R. A., A. J. Friedson, and J. F. Appleby, "Jovian Large-Scale Stratospheric Circulation." Icarus 100, 245-259 (1992).
  5. West, R. A., E. Karkoschka, A. J. Friedson, M. Seymour, K. H. Baines and H. B. Hammel, "Impact Debris Particles in Jupiter's Stratosphere." Science 267, 1296-1301 (1995).
  6. West, R. A., M. E. Brown, S. V. Salinas, A. H. Bouchez & H. G. Roe, "No oceans on Titan from the absence of a near-infrared specular reflection", Nature, 436 pp. 670-672 (2005).

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