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Kevin Bowman
Engineering and Science Directorate Principal

Dr. Kevin W. Bowman's research interests broadly cover the use of satellite data to provide observational constraints on general circulation and chemical transport models through the use of optimal state estimation (data assimilation) techniques. He is focused on the development of these techniques to understanding processes controlling ozone and their impact on air quality and climate, providing "top-down" constraints on carbon dioxide fluxes, and creating a framework to reduce uncertainty in the climate response to anthropogenic forcing. In addition, Dr. Bowman is actively involved in the conception and development of observation system simulation experiments to formally link science requirements to satellite measurement requirements. With this approach, satellite observations can help understand atmospheric processes and their quantitative description through model development, which in turn can inform new observational strategies.

  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Auburn University, (1986-1991)
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, (1991-1992)
  • Diplôme de Spécialisation en Traitement et Transmission des Informations Ecole Supérieure d'Electricité (SUPELEC), Metz, FRANCE
  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, (1993-1996)

Research Interests
  • Assimilation and inverse modeling of atmospheric composition including ozone, carbon monoxide, and CO2 observations into global chemistry and transport models
  • Observational constraints on ozone radiative forcing in chemistry-climate models
  • Observational constraints on climate feedbacks based on hyperspectral measurements
  • Observing system simulation experiments (OSSE) to support mission formulation
  • Conception and development of non-linear optimal estimation and error analysis algorithms for vertical trace gas retrievals.
  • Conception and development of calibration algorithms for Fourier Transform Spectrometers


TES (Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer) is one of four science instruments aboard NASA's Aura satellite, which was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California on July 15, 2004.

OCO-2 - Orbiting Carbon Observatory Icon OCO-2 - Orbiting Carbon Observatory
The Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) is a mission designed to make precise, time-dependent global measurements of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) from an Earth orbiting satellite.

Geo-Cape Icon Geo-Cape
Geostationary Coastal and Air Pollution Events

Climate Absolute Radiance and Refractivity Observatory (CLARREO)

JIFRESSE is a scientific collaboration between UCLA and JPL to improve understanding and to develop future projections about global climate change.

CMS Flux (Carbon Monitoring System Flux) Icon CMS Flux (Carbon Monitoring System Flux)
Carbon Monitoring System Flux (CMS Flux) incorporates the full suite of NASA observational, modeling, and assimilation capabilities to attribute CO2 climate forcing to spatially resolved emissions.

Professional Experience
  • Engineering and Science Directorate Principal, (2016-Present)
  • Principal Investigator, Carbon Monitoring System Flux (CMS-Flux) project (2010-Present)
  • Principle Investigator, Aura Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer (2014-Present)
  • Associate Research, Joint Institute for Regional Earth System Science and Engineering, UCLA
  • Deputy Principle Investigator, Aura Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer (2010-2014)
  • Senior Member of Technical Staff, Jet Propulsion Laboratory Algorithm team member: Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer (1997-Present)
  • NASA graduate research fellow, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama (1993-1996)
  • Research assistant, Georgia Tech Research Institute, Altanta, Georgia (1993-1994)
  • Research assistant, Matra Marconi Space, Toulouse, France. (1992-1993)

Selected Awards
  • NASA JPL Voyager Award (2015)
  • NASA Langley, Henry J. Reid Award (2015)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award-Observations for Climate Model Intercomparison (2015)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award-Aura Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer Team (2014)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award Carbon Monitoring System Flux Pilot Project Team (2013)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award the Aura Project (2005)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award the Aura Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer Instrument and Ground Data System Development Teams (2005)
  • Goddard Space Flight Center Group Achievement Award the Aura Team (2005)

Selected Publications

Selected Presentations:

  1. “Observational Constraints on Climate Forcing: Perspectives from satellites, models, and assimilation”, Invited Seminar, Nicolas School of the Environment, Duke University, Durham, NC, 2015
  2. “Climate Forcing in the Earth System: Contributions from the Carbon Monitoring System Flux Project”, Invited Seminar, Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas, Austin, TX, 2015
  3. “Observational Constraints on Climate Forcing: Perspectives from satellites, models, and assimilation”, Invited Seminar, Department of Physics, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, 2014
  4. K. Bowman, T. Walker, H. Worden, L. Kuai, “Attribution of ozone and methane radiative forcing to spatially resolved emissions”, International Radiation Symposium, Auckland, New Zealand, 2016
  5. K. Bowman, “NASA Carbon Monitoring System Flux Project”, 3rd Carbon Carbon Workshop from Space, Exeter, UK, 2016
  6. K. Bowman, et al, “Tropical controls on the CO2 atmospheric growth rate in response to the his-toric El Modoki ENSO event  (2010-2011): Implications from carbon-climate feedbacks”, EMBRACE-CMIP6 Workshop, Dubrovnik, Croatia, 2015

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