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Jet Propulsion Laboratory
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4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena, CA 91109

David Diner

  • B.S., Physics (with honors), State University of New York at Stony Brook (1973)
  • California Institute of Technology
    • M.S., Planetary Science (1977)
    • Ph.D., Planetary Science and Geology (1977)

Research Interests
  • Remote sensing instrument development
  • Atmospheric optics
  • Aerosol health, environmental, and climate impacts
  • Planetary atmospheres


The Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) instrument provides a unique opportunity for studying the environment and climate of Earth through the acquisition of global multiangle imagery on the daylit side of Earth.

The Airborne Multiangle SpectroPolarimetric Imager (AirMSPI) instrument flies aboard NASA's ER-2 high altitude aircraft.

The Multi-Angle Imager for Aerosols (MAIA) instrument is currently in development

Professional Experience
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1981 - Present)
    • PI, Multi-Angle Imager for Aerosols (2016 - Present)
    • PI, Airborne Multiangle Spectropolarimetric Imagers (2010 - Present)
    • PI, Airborne Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (1995 - 2004)
    • PI, Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) (1989 - Present)
    • Group Supervisor (Act.), Aerosol and Cloud Science (2012 - 2015)
    • JPL Senior Research Scientist (2007 - Present)
    • JPL Member of the Technical Staff (1981 - Present)
    • Leader, Multi-angle Imaging Science Element, JPL (1994 - 2005)

Selected Awards
  • JPL Magellan Award (2016)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, AirMSPI Team (2012, 2014,      2017)
  • AAAR Benjamin Liu Award (2011)
  • NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal for aerosol      scientific leadership (2006)
  • One NASA Peer Award (2005)
  • NASA Space Act Award for MISR Top-of-Atmosphere/Cloud      product generation (2003)
  • NASA Space Act Award for MISR Aerosol/Surface product      generation (2003)
  • NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal for MISR (2001)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award for MISR Team (2001)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award for AirMISR Team (2001)
  • Citation from the Editor of Icarus for excellence in      reviewing (1993)
  • AIAA Achievement Award in Atmospheric Science (1990)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award Pioneer Venus Orbiter Science Team (1980) NASA Group Achievement Award, AirMSPI Team (2012)

Selected Publications

Selected Publications (from over 130)

  1. Meng, X., M.J. Garay, D.J. Diner, O.V. Kalashnikova, J. Xu, and Y. Liu (2018). Estimating PM2.5 speciation concentrations using prototype 4.4 km resolution MISR aerosol properties over Southern California. Atmos. Environ. 181, 70-81.
  2. Xu, F., G. van Harten, D.J. Diner, A.B. Davis, F. Seidel, B. Rheingans, M. Tosca, M. Alexandrov, B. Cairns, R. Ferrare, S. Burton, M. Fenn, C. Hostetler, R. Wood, and J. Redemann (2018). Coupled retrieval of liquid water cloud and aerosol above cloud properties using the Airborne Multiangle SpectroPolarimetric Imager (AirMSPI). J. Geophys. Res. - Atmos. 123,
  3. Liu, Y. and D.J. Diner (2017). Multi-Angle Imager for Aerosols: A satellite investigation to benefit public health. Publ. Health Rep. 132, 14-17.
  4. Xu, F, G. van Harten, D.J. Diner, O.V. Kalashnikova, F.C. Seidel, C.J. Bruegge, and O. Dubovik (2017). Coupled retrieval of aerosol properties and land surface reflection using the Airborne Multiangle SpectroPolarimetric Imager (AirMSPI). J.      Geophys. Res. - Atmos. 122, 7004-7026.
  5. Diner, D.J. and M.J. Garay (2016). Looking back, looking forward: Scientific and technological advances in multiangle imaging of aerosols and clouds. Proc. Int. Rad. Symp. 1810, 020001-1 - 020001-8; doi:10.1063/1.4975497.
  6. Diner, D.J., F. Xu, M.J. Garay, J.V. Martonchik, B.E. Rheingans, S. Geier, A. Davis, B.R. Hancock, V.M. Jovanovic, M.A. Bull, K. Capraro, R.A. Chipman, and S.C. McClain (2013). The Airborne Multiangle SpectroPolarimetric Imager (AirMSPI): a new tool for aerosol and cloud remote sensing. Atmos. Meas. Tech. 6, 2007-2025.
  7. Diner, D.J., F. Xu, J.V Martonchik, B.E. Rheingans, S. Geier, V.M. Jovanovic, A. Davis, R.A. Chipman, and S.C. McClain (2012). Exploration of a polarized surface bidirectional reflectance model using the Ground-based Multiangle SpectroPolarimetric Imager. Atmosphere 3, 591-619.
  8. Diner, D.J., A. Davis, B. Hancock, S. Geier,      B. Rheingans, V. Jovanovic, M. Bull, D.M. Rider, R.A. Chipman, A. Mahler, and S.C. McClain (2010). First results from a dual photoelastic modulator-based polarimetric camera. Appl. Opt. 49, 2929-2946.
  9. Diner, D.J., B.H Braswell, R. Davies, N. Gobron, J.N. Hu, Y.F. Jin, R.A. Kahn, Y. Knyazikhin, N. Loeb, J-P. Muller, A.W. Nolin, B. Pinty, C.B. Schaaf, G. Seiz, and J. Stroeve (2005). The value of multiangle measurements for retrieving structurally and radiatively consistent properties of clouds, aerosols, and surfaces. Rem. Sens. Environ. 97, 495-518.
  10. Diner, D.J., J.V. Martonchik, R.A. Kahn, B. Pinty, N. Gobron, D.L. Nelson, and B.N. Holben (2005). Using angular and      spectral shape similarity constraints to improve MISR aerosol and surface retrievals over land. Rem. Sens. Environ. 94, 155-171.
  11. Diner, D.J. and 23 coauthors (2004). Progressive Aerosol Retrieval and Assimilation Global Observing Network (PARAGON): An integrated approach for characterizing aerosol climatic and environmental interactions. Bull. Amer. Meteorol. Soc. 85, 1491-1501.
  12. Diner, D.J., J.C. Beckert, G.W. Bothwell, J.I. Rodriguez (2002). Performance of the MISR instrument during its first 20 months in Earth orbit. IEEE Trans. Geosci. Rem. Sens. 40, 1449-1466.     
  13. Diner, D.J., L.M. Barge, C.J. Bruegge, T.G. Chrien, J.E. Conel, M.L. Eastwood, J.D. Garcia, M.A. Hernandez, C.G.      Kurzweil, W.C. Ledeboer, N.D. Pignatano, C.M. Sarture, and B.G. Smith (1998). The Airborne Multi-angle SpectroRadiometer (AirMISR): instrument description and first results. IEEE Trans. Geosci. Rem. Sens. 36, 1339-1349.
  14. Diner, D.J., J.C. Beckert, T.H. Reilly, C.J. Bruegge, J.E. Conel, R. Kahn, J.V. Martonchik, T.P. Ackerman, R. Davies,      S.A.W. Gerstl, H.R. Gordon, J-P. Muller, R. Myneni, R.J. Sellers, B. Pinty, and M.M. Verstraete (1998). Multiangle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) description and experiment overview. IEEE Trans. Geosci. Rem.Sens. 36, 1072-1087.

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