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Piyushkumar Patel

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4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 183-715

Pasadena, CA 91109



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Aerosols And Clouds


Piyush is currently a NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow and engages in developing a novel retrieval approach for cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) concentrations using space-borne lidar techniques. Piyush’s research focuses on analyzing satellite observations to understand processes associated with aerosol-cloud interactions and their feedback mechanism. Prior to joining JPL, He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Physical Research Laboratory (PRL), India, and worked on a multi-satellite approach to study the role of dynamics in aerosol-cloud interactions. He was a research scholar in Space Applications Centre, ISRO, India, where he was engaged with post-launch calibration of optical satellite and airborne sensors (i.e., INSAT-3D, INSAT-3DR, AVIRIS-NG). Simultaneously, he received his Ph.D. on aerosol-cloud interaction and its radiative implications using multi-satellite observations.


  • PhD in Physics (Atmospheric Science), Space Applications Centre, ISRO / Gujarat University (2019)
  • PG Diploma in Remote Sensing (Atmospheric Science), Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, ISRO (2012)
  • MS in Physics (Condensed Matter Physics), Department of Physics, Sardar Patel University (2011)
  • BS in Physics, Sir P T Sarvajanik College of Science, Veer Narmad South Gujarat University (2009)

Professional Experience

  • NASA Postdoctoral Fellow, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, USA (Sep 2019-present)
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad, India (Jan 2018-Sep 2019)
  • Senior Research Fellow, Space Applications Centre, ISRO, Ahmedabad, India (Aug 2014-Aug 2017)
  • Junior Research Fellow, Space Applications Centre, ISRO, Ahmedabad, India (Aug 2012-Aug 2014)

Research Interests

  • Aerosol-cloud interactions and their climate feedbacks
  • Role of dynamics in aerosol-cloud interaction
  • Satellite remote sensing and process studies of clouds
  • Aerosol direct and indirect effects
  • Multiple satellite data analysis
  • Vicarious calibration of optical satellite sensors

Selected Awards

  • NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowship at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2019-present)
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Physical Research Laboratory (PRL) (2018-2019)
  • Research Fellowship at Space Applications Centre (SAC), ISRO (2012-2017)
  • Best Poster Prize in International workshop on Assessing the Impact of Aerosols & Changing Climate on Monsoon & Extreme Events, Gurgaon, India (2015)

Selected Publications

  1. Patel, P. N., & Jiang, J. H. (2021). Cloud condensation nuclei characteristics at the Southern Great Plains site: role of particle size distribution and aerosol hygroscopicity. Environmental Research Communications, 3(7), 075002.
  2. Patel, P. N., Gautam, R., Michibata, T., & Gadhavi, H. (2019). Strengthened Indian Summer Monsoon Precipitation Susceptibility Linked to Dust‐Induced Ice Cloud Modification. Geophysical Research Letters, 46(14), 8431–8441.
  3. Babu, K. N., Mathur, A., Thompson, D. R., Green, R. O., Patel, P. N., Prajapati, R. P., Bue, B. D., Geier, S., Eastwood, M. L., Helmlinger, M. C. (2019). An empirical comparison of calibration and validation methodologies for airborne imaging spectroscopy, Current Science, 116(7), 1101-1107.
  4. Patel, P.N., Babu, K.N., Prajapati, R.P., Sitapar, V., Mathur, A.K. (2018). Day-1 INSAT3DR vicarious calibration using reflectance-based approach over Great Rann of Kutch, J. Indian Soc. Remot. doi: 10.1007/s12524-017-0729-z.
  5. Patel, P. N., Dumka, U. C., Babu, K. N., & Mathur, A. K. (2017). Aerosol characterization and radiative properties over Kavaratti, a remote island in southern Arabian Sea from the period of observations. Science of the Total Environment, 599600, 165–180.
  6. Patel, P. N., Quaas, J., & Kumar, R. (2017). A new statistical approach to improve the satellite-based estimation of the radiative forcing by aerosol–cloud interactions. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 17(5), 3687–3698.
  7. Patel, P.N., Dumka, U.C., Kaskaoutis, D.G., Babu, K.N., Mathur, A.K. (2016). Optical and radiative properties of aerosols over Desalpar, a remote site in western India: Source identification, modification processes and aerosol type discrimination, Sci. Total. Environ. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.20109.023.
  8. Patel, P.N., and Kumar, R. (2016). Dust Induced Changes in Ice Cloud and Cloud Radiative Forcing over a High Altitude Site, Aerosol Air Qual. Res. doi:10.4209/aaqr.2015.05.0325.
  9. Patel, P.N., Bhatt, H., Mathur, A.K., Prajapati, R.P., Tyagi, G. (2015). Reflectance-Based Vicarious Calibration of INSAT-3D using High-Reflectance Ground Target, Remote Sensing Applications: Society and Environment doi:10.1016/j.rsase.2015.12.001.
  10. Patel, P.N., and Kumar, R. (2015). Estimation of Aerosol characteristics and radiative forcing during Dust events over Dehradun, Aerosol Air Qual. Res. doi:10.4209/aaqr.2015.02.0077.
  11. Patel, P.N., and Shukla, A.K. (2015). Aerosol optical properties over marine and continental sites of India during pre-monsoon season: A comprehensive study, Curr. Sci. India, Vol. 108, No. 4.
  12. Kant, Y., Patel, P.N., Mishra, A. K., Dumka, U. C. and Dadhwal, V. K. (2012). Diurnal and seasonal aerosol optical depth and black carbon in the Shiwalik Hills of the northwestern Himalayas: A case study of the Doon valley, India, Int. J. Geol. Earth Environ. Sci., 2(2), 173-192.