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Curriculum Vitae:

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 Exceptional Public Service Medal (2019)
  • 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-Aura Science Team Proposal Group (2009)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award-TES Level 2 Algorithm Team (2007)
  • 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. K. Bowman, "The carbon cycle and the global stocktake: Prospects and challenges", Carnegie Institute for Global Ecology, Stanford, 2019
  2. K. Bowman, "The changing landscape of emissions and their impact on air quality and climate", National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, 2019
  3. K. Bowman, K. Bowman, "The global stocktake: A top-down view", Atmospheric Composition Constellation, Committee on Earth Observing Satellites (CEOS), Tokyo, 2019
  4. K. Bowman, "Unweaving the webs of carbon", EU Carbon Human Emissions Project, Reading, UK, 2019
  5. K. Bowman, "On the information content of OCO-2", OCO-2 Science Team Meeting, Boulder, CO, 2019
  6. K. Bowman, "A global view: the carbon cycle from space", RECCAP2, Global Carbon Project, Gotemba, Japan, 2019
  7. K. Bowman, "Attribution of Ozone and Methane Radiative Forcing in the Last Decade: A Tale of the Tiger and the Dragon", Asia Oceania Geosciences Society, Honolulu, Hawaii, 2018
  8. K. Bowman et al, "A hierarchical framework for emergent constraints: applications to Earth System Forcings and Feedback", AGU, Washington, D.C., 2018
  9. K. Bowman et al, "A New Fast Randomized Optimal Approach for Diagnostic and Optimization (FRODO) Carbon Dioxide Fluxes Inferred from the NASA CMS-Flux", AGU, Washington D.C., 2018
  10. K. Bowman, "Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer: From Mission of Discovery to Earth System Sounder", Fourier Transform Spectroscopy, Optical Society of America, Singapore, 2018.
  11. K. Bowman et al, "Detection of fossil fuel emission trends across the globe: Challenge of  natural variability" Integrated Carbon Observingy System (ICOS), Prague, Czech Republic, 2018
  12. K. Bowman and M. Lee, "Impact of Local and Non-local Sources of Pollution on Background US ozone: Potential of the LEO and GEO Sounders Composition Constellation", GEOCAPE final science team meeting, College Park, MD, 2018

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