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Annmarie Eldering
OCO-2 Deputy Project Scientist

Dr. Annmarie Eldering is the Deputy Project Scientist for the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) and the Project Scientist for OCO-3.

Annmarie received her Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering Science from Caltech in 1994 with a focus on air pollution and its impacts on visibility in Los Angeles. She has been at JPL since 1999, adapting her knowledge of radiative transfer and light scattering to algorithm development for the Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer (TES) as well as validation of AIRS data. She served as the TES Deputy PI and then PI between 2006 and 2010. That led to leadership roles as the Deputy Section Manager and Section Manager in Earth Atmospheric Sciences section before she joined the OCO–2 project in 2010. In her recent project and managements roles, she provides dynamic technical leadership for teams focused on the extraction of information about clouds, aerosols, and trace gases in the Earth's atmosphere. She is the Principal Investigator or a co-Investigator on a number of competitively awarded research tasks, and has worked on the development of a number of mission concepts.

  • B.E., Chemical Engineering (Summa Cum Laude), Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York (1988)
  • M.S., Environmental Engineering Science, California Institute of Technology (1989)
  • Ph.D., Environmental Engineering Science, California Institute of Technology (1994)

Research Interests
  • Remote sensing of CO2 for carbon cycle science research
  • Cloud characterization from remote sensing measurements
  • Air pollution measurements and science
  • Future earth science measurements


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.

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.

Megacities Carbon Project Icon Megacities Carbon Project
The Megacities Carbon Project is being established for the megacities of Los Angeles and Paris.

Professional Experience
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology (1999 - present)
    • Research Scientist (2011-present)
    • Manager, Earth Atmospheric Science Section (2008-2011)
    • Deputy Manager, Earth Atmospheric Science Section (2007-2008)
    • Group Supervisor, Tropospheric Emission Spectroscopy (2006 - 2007)
    • Research Scientist (2002 - 2006)
    • Scientist (1999 - 2002)

Selected Awards
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, Carbon Monitoring System Flux Pilot Project Team (2013)

Selected Publications
  1. Crisp et al., The ACOS CO2 retrieval algorithm - Part II: Global X-CO2 data characterization. Atmospheric Measurement Techniques 2012, 5 (4), 687-707.
  2. Doeringer, D.; Eldering, A.; Boone, C. D.; Abad, G. G.; Bernath, P. F., Observation of sulfate aerosols and SO2 from the Sarychev volcanic eruption using data from the Atmospheric Chemistry Experiment (ACE). Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres 2012, 117.
  3. Fishman et al., The United States' Next Generation Of Atmospheric Composition And Coastal Ecosystem Measurements NASA's Geostationary Coastal and Air Pollution Events (GEO-CAPE) Mission. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 2012, 93 (10), 1547-+.
  4. O'Dell, C. W.; Connor, B.; Bosch, H.; O'Brien, D.; Frankenberg, C.; Castano, R.; Christi, M.; Crisp, D.; Eldering, A.; Fisher, B.; Gunson, M.; McDuffie, J.; Miller, C. E.; Natraj, V.; Oyafuso, F.; Polonsky, I.; Smyth, M.; Taylor, T.; Toon, G. C.; Wennberg, P. O.; Wunch, D., The ACOS CO2 retrieval algorithm - Part 1: Description and validation against synthetic observations. Atmospheric Measurement Techniques 2012, 5 (1), 99-121.
  5. Natraj, V.; Liu, X.; Kulawik, S.; Chance, K.; Chatfield, R.; Edwards, D. P.; Eldering, A.; Francis, G.; Kurosu, T.; Pickering, K.; Spurr, R.; Worden, H., Multi-spectral sensitivity studies for the retrieval of tropospheric and lowermost tropospheric ozone from simulated clear-sky GEO-CAPE measurements. Atmospheric Environment 2011, 45 (39), 7151-7165.
  6. Waliser, D.; Kim, J.; Xue, Y.; Chao, Y.; Eldering, A.; Fovell, R.; Hall, A.; Li, Q.; Liou, K. N.; McWilliams, J.; Kapnick, S.; Vasic, R.; De Sale, F.; Yu, Y., Simulating cold season snowpack: Impacts of snow albedo and multi-layer snow physics. Climatic Change 2011, 109, 95-117.
  7. Wunch et al.,  A method for evaluating bias in global measurements of CO2 total columns from space. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 2011, 11 (23), 12317-12337.
  8. Lee, J. et al (2011) Relating tropical ocean clouds to moist processes using water vapor isotope measurements, Atm. Chem, Phy., doi:10.5194/acp-11-741-2011
  9. Zoogman, P et al (2011) Ozone air quality measurement requirements for a geostationary satellite mission, Atm. Env., doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2011.05.058, doi:10.5194/acp-11-741-2011
  10. Liang, C. K., A. Eldering, A. Gettelman, B. Tian, S. Wong, E. J. Fetzer, and K. N. Liou (2011), Record of tropical interannual variability of temperature and water vapor from a combined AIRS‐MLS data set, J. Geophys. Res., 116, D06103, doi:10.1029/2010JD014841.
  11. Zhang. Z., D. J. Jacob, X. Liu, J. A. Logan, K. Chance, A. Eldering, and B. R. Bojkov (2010) Intercomparison methods for satellite measurements of atmospheric composition: application to tropospheric ozone from TES and OMI, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 10 . pp. 1417-1456.

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