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Edward Olsen

  • B.S., Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1964)
  • M.S., Physics, California Institute of Technology (1966)
  • Ph.D., Astronomy, University of Michigan (1972)


The Atmospheric Infrared Sounder, AIRS, is an instrument whose goal is to support climate research and improved weather forecasting.

Professional Experience
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1972-Present)
    • Scientist IV (2009 - present)
    • Senior Member of the Technical Staff, Space Sciences Division (1993- 2009)
    • Member of the Technical Staff, Space Sciences Division (1977 - 1993)
    • Senior Scientist, Space Sciences Division (1974 - 1977)
    • Consultant, Space Sciences Division (1974 - 1974)
    • Contractor, Space Sciences Division (1974 - 1974)
    • Resident Research Associate, Space Sciences Division (1972 - 1974)

Selected Awards
  • Mariner Award (2008)
  • AIRS Team Bonus Award (2007)
  • Outstanding Accomplishment, Level C Award (2005)
  • AIRS Level 2 Integration and Validation Team Bonus Award (2004)
  • AIRS Group Achievement Award (2003)
  • Aqua Mission Group Achievement Award (2003)
  • NOVA Award - AIRS Project (1998)

Selected Publications
  1. Frankenberg, C., Kulawik, S. S., Wofsy, S., Chevallier, F., Daube, B., Kort, E. A., O'Dell, C., Olsen, E. T., and Osterman, G. (2016): Using airborne HIAPER Pole-to-Pole Observations (HIPPO) to evaluate model and remote sensing estimates of atmospheric carbon dioxide, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., doi:10.5194/acp-2015-961.
  2. Jiang, X., Crisp, D., Olsen, E. T., Kulawik, S. S., Miller, C. E., Pagano, T. S., Liang, M., and Yung, Y. L. (2016), CO2 Annual and Semiannual Cycles From Multiple Satellite Retrievals and Models. Earth and Space Science, 2, doi: 10.1002/2014EA000045.
  3. Xiong, X., Weng, F., Liu, Q., and Olsen, E. (2015): Space-borne observation of methane from atmospheric infrared sounder version 6: validation and implications for data analysis, Atmos. Meas. Tech. Discuss., 8, 8563-8597, doi:10.5194/amtd-8-8563-2015.
  4. Jiang, Xun, Edward T. Olsen, Thomas S. Pagano, Hui Su, and Yuk L. Yung, (2015), “Modulation of Midtropospheric CO2 by the South Atlantic Walker Circulation”, J. Atmos. Sci., 72, 2241–2247. doi:
  5. Pagano, Thomas S., Edward T. Olsen, Hai Nguyen, Alexander Ruzmaikin, Xun Jiang, Lori Perkins, (2014), “Global Variability of Mid-tropospheric CO2 as measured by the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder”, J. App. Rem. Sens., doi:10.1117/1.JRS.8.084984
  6. Jiang, Xun, Jingqian Wang, Edward T. Olsen, Thomas Pagano, Luke L. Chen, Yuk L. Yung, (2013), “Influence of stratospheric sudden warming on airs midtropospheric CO2”, J. Atmos. Sci., 70, 2566–2573, doi:
  7. Kulawik, S. S., Worden, J. R., Wofsy, S. C., Biraud, S. C., Nassar, R., Jones, D. B. A., Olsen, E. T., Jimenez, R., Park, S., Santoni, G. W., Daube, B. C., Pittman, J. V., Stephens, B. B., Kort, E. A., Osterman, G. B., and TES team (2013): Comparison of improved Aura Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer CO2 with HIPPO and SGP aircraft profile measurements, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 13, 3205-3225, doi:10.5194/acp-13-3205-2013.
  8. Jiang, X., J. Wang, E.T. Olsen, M. Liang, T.S. Pagano, L.L. Chen, S.J. Licata, and Y.L. Yung (2013), “Influence of El Nino on mid-tropospheric CO2 from Atmospheric Infrared Sounder and model”, J. Atmos. Sci., doi:10.1175/JAS-D-11-0282.1.
  9. Jiang, X., M. T. Chahine, Q. Li, M. Liang, E. T. Olsen, L. L. Chen, J. Wang, and Y. L. Yung (2012), CO2 semiannual oscillation in the middle troposphere and at the surface, Global Biogeochem. Cycles, 26, GB3006, doi:10.1029/2011GB004118
  10. Liu, J., I.Fung, E. Kalnay, J-S Kang, E.T. Olsen, L. Chen (2012), “Simultaneous assimilation of AIRS Xco2 and meteorological observations in a carbon climate model with an Ensemble Kalman Filter (EnKF)”, J. Geophys. Res., 117, D05309, doi:10.1029/2011JD016642.
  11. Wang, J., X. Jiang, M. T. Chahine, M.-C. Liang, E. T. Olsen, L. L. Chen, S. J. Licata, T. S. Pagano, and Y. L. Yung (2011), The influence of tropospheric biennial oscillation on mid-tropospheric CO2, Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L20805, doi:10.1029/2011GL049288.
  12. Chahine M. T., L. Chen, P. Dimotakis, X. Jiang, Q. Li, E. T. Olsen, T. Pagano, J. Randerson, Y. L. Yung (2008), Satellite remote sounding of mid-tropospheric CO2, Geophys. Res. Lett., 35, L17807, doi:10.1029/2008GL035022.
  13. Olsen, E.T., Chahine, M.T., Chen, L.L., Pagano, T., “Retrieval of mid-tropospheric CO2 directly from AIRS measurements”, SPIE, 6966, doi:10.1117/12.777920, 2008.
  14. Chahine, M., Barnet, C., Olsen, E.T., Chen, L., Maddy, E., "On the Determination of Atmospheric Minor Gases by the Method of Vanishing Partial Derivatives with Application to CO2",  Geophys. Res. Lett., 32, L22803, doi:10.1029/2005GL024165, Nov, 2005.

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