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Curriculum Vitae:

Gregory Osterman

  • Ph.D. in Physics, University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, Texas, 1994.
  • MS in Physics, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, 1990.
  • BS in Physics, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, 1987.

Research Interests
  • Validation and quality control of satellite observations and Earth data products derived from satellite observations.
  • Utilizing satellite observations of Earth's air quality for applications and decision support.
  • Science support for the development of satellite retrieval algorithms.
  • Studying the chemistry of the Earth's atmosphere using satellite, balloon-borne and aircraft measurements.
  • Satellite mission operations.


OCO-3 - Orbiting Carbon Observatory 3 Icon OCO-3 - Orbiting Carbon Observatory 3

The Orbiting Carbon Observatory 3, or OCO-3, is a future space instrument designed to investigate important questions about the distribution of carbon dioxide on Earth as it relates to growing urban populations...

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.

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
  • September, 2009 - Present: Technologist, Scientist - Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
  • September, 2005 - September, 2009: Senior Member Technical Staff - Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
  • September, 1998 - September, 2005: Member Technical Staff - Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
  • September, 1995 - September 1998: Postdoctoral Researcher -California Institute of Technology.
  • May - September, 1995: Research Scientist - University of Texas at Dallas.
  • January - May, 1995: Visiting Assistant Professor, East Carolina University - Greenville, NC.

Community Service
Member of the Scientific, Technical & Modeling Peer Review Advisory Group (STMPR) for the South Coast Air Quality Management District (2011 - 2017): Advised SCAQMD on the use of satellite data in their air quality management modeling and analysis. Participated in panel discussions designed to provide feedback on SCAMD modeling efforts.

Selected Awards
  • October 2016: Group Achievement for OCO-2
  • September 2014: Group Achievement for TES
  • September 2014: Mariner for leadership in OCO-2 validation
  • September 2013: Discovery for exceptional summer student supervision
  • June 2012: Team for OCO-2 Science Implementation
  • May 2011: Team for ACOS/OCO-2 Science Implementation
  • July 2008: Group Achievement for TES Tiger Team
  • June 2007: Group Achievement for TES L2 algorithm

Selected Publications
  1. Osterman GB, Kulawik, SS, Worden, HM, Richards, NAD, Fisher, BM, Eldering, A, Shephard, MW, Froidevaux, L, Labow, G, Luo, M, Herman, RL, Bowman, KW, Thompson, AM, 2011, Validation of Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer (TES) measurements of the total, stratospheric and tropospheric column abundance of ozone, J. Geophys, Res. Atmos., 113/D15.
  2. Osterman GB, Heelis, RA, Bailey GJ, 1998, Effects of wind-induced ionization layers on ionospheric electrodynamics, Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, 60/1, 107-113.
  3. Osterman GB, Salawitch, RJ, Sen, B, Toon, GC, Stachnik, RA, Pickett, HM, Margitan, JJ, Blavier, JF, Perterson DB, 1997, Balloon-borne measurments of stratospheric radicals and their precursors: Implications for the production and loss of ozone, Geophysical Research Letters, 24/9, 1107-1110.
  4. Osterman GB, Heelis, RA, Bailey, GJ, 1995, Effects of zonal winds and metallic ions on the behavior of intermediate layers, Journal of Geophysical Research-Space Physics, 100/A5, 7829-7838.
  5. Osterman GB, Heelis, RA, Bailey, GJ, 1994, Modeling the formation of intermediate layers at Arecibo latitudes, Journal of Geophysical Research-Space Physics, 99/A6, 11357-11365.
  6. Wunch, D, Wennberg PO, Osterman G, et al., 2017, Comparisons of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) X-CO2 measurements with TCCON, Atmospheric Measurement Technology, 10, 2209-2238.
  7. Wunch, D, Wennberg, PO, Toon GC, Connor, BJ, Fisher, B, Osterman GB, et al., 2011, A method for evaluation bias in global measurements of CO2 total columns from space, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 11, 23, 12317-12337.
  8. Eldering, A, Wennberg, PO, Crisp, D, Schimel, DS, Gunson, MR, Chatterjee, A, Liu, J, Schwandner, FM, Sun, Y, O'Dell, CW, Frankenberg, C, Taylor, T, Fisher, B, Osterman, GB, et al., 2017, The Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 early science investigations of regional carbon dioxide fluxes, Science, 358/6360.
  9. Schwandner FM, Gunson, MR, Miller, CE, Carn SA, Eldering, A, Krings, T, Verhulst, KR, Schimel, DS, Nguyen, HM, Crisp, D, O'Dell, CW, Osterman, GB, et al., 2017, Spaceborne detection of localized carbon dioxide sources, Science, 358/6360.

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