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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 climate and environmental 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.

Professional Experience
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1981 - Present)
    • Group Supervisor (Act.), Aerosol and Cloud Science (2012-Present)
    • PI, Airborne Multiangle Spectropolarimetric Imager (2010 - Present)
    • JPL Senior Research Scientist (2007 - Present)
    • JPL Member of the Technical Staff (1981 - Present)
    • PI, Airborne Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (1995 - 2004)
    • Leader, Multi-angle Imaging Science Element, JPL (1994 - 2005)
    • PI, Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) (1989 - Present)
    • PI, NASA Instrument Incubator Program (1998 - Present)

Selected Awards
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, AirMSPI Team (2012)
  • 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)

Selected Publications
  1. 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, "The Airborne Multiangle SpectroPolarimetric Imager (AirMSPI): a new tool for aerosol and cloud remote sensing": Atmos. Meas. Tech. Discuss. 6, 1717-1769, 2013.
  2. 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, "Exploration of a polarized surface bidirectional reflectance model using the Ground-based Multiangle SpectroPolarimetric Imager": Atmosphere 3, 591-619, 2012.
  3. Scollo, S., R.A. Kahn, D.L. Nelson, M. Coltelli, D.J. Diner, M.J. Garay, and V.J. Realmuto, "MISR observations of Etna volcanic plumes": J. Geophys. Res. 117, D06210, 2012.
  4. Diner, D.J., R.A. Hodos, A.B. Davis, M.J. Garay, J.V. Martonchik, S.V. Sanghavi, P. von Allmen, A.A. Kokhanovsky, and P. Zhai, "An optimization approach for aerosol retrievals using simulated MISR radiances": Atmos. Research 116, 1-14, 2011.
  5. Kalashnikova, O.V., M.J. Garay, A.B. Davis, D.J. Diner, and J.V. Martonchik, "Sensitivity of multiangle photo-polarimetry to vertical layering and mixing of absorbing aerosols: Quantifying measurement uncertainties": J. Quant. Spectr. Rad. Transf. 112, 2149, 2011.
  6. Mahler, A.B., D.J. Diner, and R.A. Chipman, "Analysis of static and time-varying polarization errors in the multiangle spectropolarimetric imager": Appl. Opt. 50, 2080, 2011.
  7. Xu, F., A.B. Davis, R.A. West, J.V. Martonchik, and D.J. Diner, "Markov chain formalism for vector radiative transfer in a plane-parallel atmosphere overlying a polarizing surface": Opt. Lett. 36, 2083, 2011.
  8. Jovanovic, V.M., D.J. Diner, R. Davies, "Challenges, solutions, and applications of accurate multiangle image registration: Lessons learned from MISR": In Image Registration for Remote Sensing, J. Le Moigne et al. (eds.), Cambridge Univ. Press, 2011.
  9. 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, "First results from a dual photoelastic modulator-based polarimetric camera": Appl. Opt. 49, 2929, 2010.
  10. Kokhanovsky, A.A., J.L. Deuzé, D.J. Diner, et al., "The inter-comparison of major satellite aerosol retrieval algorithms using simulated intensity and polarization characteristics of reflected light": Atmos. Meas. Tech. 3, 909, 2010.
  11. Diner, D.J., A. Davis, B. Hancock, G. Gutt, R.A. Chipman, and B. Cairns, "Dual-photoelastic-modulator-based polarimetric imaging concept for aerosol remote sensing": Appl. Opt. 46, 8428, 2007.
  12. Diner, D.J., J.V. Martonchik, R.A. Kahn, B. Pinty, N. Gobron, D.L. Nelson, and B.N. Holben, "Using angular and spectral shape similarity constraints to improve MISR aerosol and surface retrievals over land": Rem. Sens. Environ. 94, 155, 2005.
  13. Diner, D.J. and 23 coauthors, "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, 2004.
  14. Diner, D.J., J.C. Beckert, G.W. Bothwell, J.I. Rodriguez, "Performance of the MISR instrument during its first 20 months in Earth orbit": IEEE Trans. Geosci. Rem. Sens. 40, 1449, 2002.
  15. 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, "The Airborne Multi-angle SpectroRadiometer (AirMISR): instrument description and first results": IEEE Trans. Geosci. Rem. Sens. 36, 1339, 1998.
  16. 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, "Multiangle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) description and experiment overview": IEEE Trans. Geosci. Rem. Sens. 36, 1072, 1998.

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