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Jet Propulsion Laboratory
M/S 233-201
4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena, CA 91109

Ming Luo

  • Ph. D. in Atmospheric and Space Sciences, Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences, University of Michigan (1991)

Research Interests
  • Remote sensing of the atmosphere: optical instruments, instrument calibration and tests, mission operation planning, retrieval algorithms, and simulations of the observing system
  • Data processing and analysis: data visualization, data validation, and data application to atmospheric dynamical and chemical problems (troposphere and stratosphere)
  • Project related work: design and build public/internal websites to promote project goals, observation strategies, information sharing, and data usage


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.

Professional Experience
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Senior Member of Technical Staff (1996-Present)
  • University of California, Irvine, Dept. of Earth System Science, Post Doctoral Researcher (1991-1996)
  • University of Michigan, Space Physics Research Laboratory, Research Assistant (1985-1991)
  • Chinese Academy of Science, The Institute of Space Physics, Research Assistant (1982-1985)

Selected Awards
  • NASA Space Act Award - TES Level 3 Subsystem Software (2012)
  • EPA Scientific and Technological Achievement Award (Honorable Mention) (2012)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award to UARS Team (2006)
  • NASA Space Act Award - TES Level 2 Subsystem Software (2006)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award to Aura TES project (2005)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award to UARS HALOE project (1996)

Selected Publications
  1. Robert D. Field, M. Luo, M. Fromm, A. Voulgarakis, S. Mangeon and J. Worden, Simulating the Black Saturday 2009 smoke plume with an interactive composition-climate model: Sensitivity to emissions amount, timing, and injection height, J. Geophys. Res., Vol.121,5,501-21, doi:10.1002 /2015JD0 24343, 2016.
  2. Robert D. Field, M. Luo, D. Kim, A.D. DelGenio, A. Voulgarakis, and J. Worden, Sensitivity of simulated tropospheric CO to subgrid physics parameterization: A case study of Indonesian biomass burning emissions in 2006, J. Geophys. Res., 10.1002/2015JD023402, doi:10.1002/2015JD023402, 2015.
  3. Luo, M., M. W. Shephard, K. E. Cady-Pereira, D. K. Henze, L. Zhu, J. O. Bash, R. W. Pinder, S. L. Capps, J. T. Walker, and M. R. Jones, Satellite observations of tropospheric ammonia and carbon monoxide: Global distributions, regional correlations and comparisons to model simulations, Atmospheric Environment (2015), Vol 106, pp. 262-277, doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2015.02.007.
  4. Luo, M., W. Read, S. Kulawik, J. Worden, N. Livesey, K. Bowman, and R. Herman (2013), Carbon monoxide (CO) vertical profiles derived from joined TES and MLS measurements, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 118, 10,601-10,613, doi:10.1002/jgrd.50800.
  5. Shephard, M.W., K. E. Cady-Pereira, M. Luo, D. K. Henze, R. W. Pinder, J. T. Walker, C. P. Rinsland, J. O. Bash, L. Zhu, V. H. Payne, and L. Clarisse, TES ammonia retrieval strategy and global observations of the spatial and seasonal variability of ammonia, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 11, 10743-10763, 2011, doi:10.5194/acp-11-10743-2011, 2011.
  6. Luo, M., Boxe, C., Jiang, J., Nassar, R., Livesey, N., Interpretation of Aura satellite observations of CO and aerosol index related to the December 2006 Australia fires, Remote Sensing of Environment, doi:10.1016/j.rse.2010.07.003, 2010.
  7. Lopez, J. P., M. Luo, L. E. Christensen, M. Loewenstein, H. Jost, C. R. Webster, and G. Osterman, TES carbon monoxide validation during two AVE campaigns using the Argus and ALIAS instruments on NASA's WB-57F, Journal of Geophysical Research, 113, doi:10.1029/2007JD008811, D16S47, 2008.
  8. Kulawik, S. S., K. W. Bowman, M. Luo, C. D. Rodgers, and L. Jourdain, Impact of nonlinearity on changing the a priori of trace gas profile estimates from the Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer (TES), Atmos. Chem. Phys., 8, 3081-3092, 2008.
  9. Luo, M., C. Rinsland, B. Fisher, G. Sachse, G. Diskin, J. Logan, H. Worden, S. Kulawik, G. Osterman, A. Eldering, R. Herman and M. Shephard, TES carbon monoxide validation with DACOM aircraft measurements during INTEX-B 2006, J. Geophys. Res., 112, D24S48, doi:10.1029/2007JD008803, 2007.
  10. Luo M., C. P. Rinsland, C. D. Rodgers, J. A. Logan, H. Worden, S. Kulawik, A. Eldering, A. Goldman, M. W. Shephard, M. Gunson, and M. Lampel, Comparison of carbon monoxide measurements by TES and MOPITT - the influence of a priori data and instrument characteristics on nadir atmospheric species retrievals, J. Geophys. Res., 112, D09303, doi:101029/2006JD007663, 2007.
  11. Rinsland, C. P., M. Luo, J. A. Logan, R. Beer, H. M. Worden, J. R. Worden, K. Bowman, S. S. Kulawik, D. Rider, G. Osterman, M. Gunson, A. Goldman, M. Shephard, S. A. Clough, C. Rodgers, M. Lampel, and L. Chiou, Nadir Measurements of carbon monoxide distributions by the Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer onboard the Aura Spacecraft: Overview of analysis approach and examples of initial results, Geophys. Res. Lett., 33, L2280610.1029/2006GL027000, 2006.
  12. Clough, S.A.; Shephard, M.W.; Worden, J.; Brown, P.D.; Worden, H.M.; Luo, M.; Rodgers, C.D.; Rinsland, C.P.; Goldman, A.; Brown, L.; Kulawik, S.S.; Eldering, A.; Lampel, M.C.; Osterman, G.; Beer, R.; Bowman, K.; Cady-Pereira, K.E.; Mlawer, E.J., Forward Model and Jacobians for Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer Retrievals, IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sensing, 44, 1308- 1323, May 2006.
  13. Kulawik, S.S.; Worden, H.; Osterman, G.; Luo, M.; Beer, R.; Kinnison, D.E.; Bowman, K.W.; Worden, J.; Eldering, A.; Lampel, M.; Steck, T.; Rodgers, C.D., TES Atmospheric Profile Retrieval Characterization: An Orbit of Simulated Observations, IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sensing, 44, 1324- 1333, May 2006.
  14. Worden, H.; Beer, R.; Bowman, K.W.; Fisher, B.; Luo, M.; Rider, D.; Sarkissian, E.; Tremblay, D.; Zong, J., TES Level 1 Algorithms: Interferogram Processing, Geolocation, Radiometric, and Spectral Calibration, IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sensing, 44, 1288- 1296, May 2006.
  15. Luo, M., R. Beer, D. J. Jacob, J. A. Logan, and C. D. Rodgers, "Simulated observation of tropospheric ozone and CO with the Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer (TES) satellite instrument," J. Geophys. Res., 107, 10.1029/2001JD000804, 2002.
  16. Luo M., J. H. Park, K. M. Lee, J. M. Russell III, and C. Bruehl, "An Analysis of HALOE Observations in Summer High Latitudes Using Airmass Trajectory and Photochemical Model Calculations," J. Geophys. Res., 102, 16,145, 1997.
  17. Luo M., J. M. Russell III, and T. Y. W. Huang, "Halogen Occultation Experiment Observations of the Quasi-biennial Oscillation and the Effects of Pinatubo Aerosols in the Tropical Stratosphere," J. Geophys. Res., 102, 19,187, 1997.
  18. Russell J. M. III, L. E. Deaver, M. Luo, J. H. Park, L. L. Gordley, A. F. Tuck, G. C. Toon, M. R. Gunson, W. A. Traub, D. G. Johnson, K. W. Jucks, D. G. Murcray, R. Zander, I. G. Nolt, C. R. Webster, "Validation of Hydrogen Chloride Measurements Made by HALOE from the UARS Platform," J. Geophys. Res., 101, 10,151, 1996.
  19. Russell J. M. III, L. E. Deaver, M. Luo, R. J. Cicerone, J. H. Park, L. L. Gordley, G. C. Toon, M. R. Gunson, W. A. Traub, D. G. Johnson, K. W. Jucks, R. Zander and I. G. Nolt, "Validation of Hydrogen Fluoride Measurements Made by the HALOE Experiment from the UARS Platform," J. Geophys. Res., 101, 10,163, 1996.
  20. Russell J. M. III, M. Luo, R. J. Cicerone, and L. E. Deaver, "Satellite Confirmation of the Dominance of Chlorofluorocarbons in the Global Stratospheric Chlorine Budget," Nature, 379, 526-529, 1996.
  21. Schoeberl, M. R., M. Luo, and J. E. Rosenfield, "An Analysis of the Antarctic HALOE Trace Gas Observations," J. Geophys. Res., 100, 5159, 1995.
  22. Luo M., R. J. Cicerone, and J. M. Russell III, "An Analysis of HALOE HF Versus CH4 Correlation Plots: Chemistry and Transport Implications," J. Geophys. Res., 100, 13,927, 1995.
  23. Luo M., A. V. R. Schiano, J. M. Russell III, L. L. Gordley, K. A. Stone and R. J. Cicerone, "Using AVS to View HALOE 3-D Satellite Data," in Visualization Techniques in Space and Atmospheric Sciences, edited by E. P. Szuszczewicz and J. Bredekamp, NASA Printing Office, Wash D. C., 1994.
  24. Luo M., R. Cicerone, and J. M Russell III, "Observations of Stratospheric Hydrogen Fluoride by Halogan Occultation Experiment (HALOE)," J. Geophys. Res., 99, 16,691, 1994.
  25. Luo M., J. H. Yee and P. B. Hays, "Image Plane Detector Spectrophotometer: Construction and Nightglow Observations," Applied Optics, 32, 4238, 1993.
  26. Luo M., J. M. Russell III, R. J. Cicerone and L. L. Gordley, "Analysis of Selected Nitric Oxide Observations in the Lower Thermosphere by HALOE on UARS," Geophy. Research Letter, 20, 1307, 1993.
  27. Luo M., J. H. Yee and P. B. Hays, "Image Plane Detector Spectrophotometer: Application to 2 Atmospheric Band Nightglow," Applied Optics, 27, 3255, 1988.

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