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Thomas Painter

Dr. Thomas Painter is a Research Scientist in the Water and Carbon Cycles Group, in the Earth Sciences Section, an Adjunct Professor of Geography at UCLA, Visiting Associate Researcher in the Joint Institute for Regional Earth System Science and Engineering (JIFRESSE) at UCLA, and Adjunct Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Utah. His principal research interests lie in snow hydrology and water resources, energy balance of snow and ice, radiative forcing by light absorbing impurities in snow and ice, imaging spectroscopy and multispectral remote sensing, and planetary ices. He joined JPL in 2010.

Dr. Painter is a member of the American Geophysical Union, the European Geosciences Union, International Glaciological Society, and Western Snow Conference. He is Chairman and organizer of the Working Group on Light-Absorbing Impurities in Snow and Ice. He is also the Vice-Chair of the Cryosphere Focus Group of the American Geophysical Union.

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Cooperative Institute for Research in Envir. Sci. (2003)
  • PhD, Geography, UC-Santa Barbara (2002)
  • MA, Geography, UC-Santa Barbara (1996)
  • BS, Mathematics, Colorado State University (1989)

Research Interests
  • Snow hydrology
  • Light absorbing impurities in snow and ice
  • Imaging spectroscopy
  • Multi-spectral remote sensing
  • Astrobiology

Professional Experience
  • Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology, Pasadena. (2010)
  • Research Faculty, Joint Institute for Regional Earth System Science and Engineering, UCLA, Los Angeles. (2010)
  • Assistant Adjunct Professor, Department of Geography, UCLA, Los Angeles. (2010)
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Geography. (2007-2010)
  • Research Scientist II, National Snow and Ice Data Center, University of Colorado, Boulder. (2004-2007)
  • Research Scientist I, National Snow and Ice Data Center, University of Colorado, Boulder. (2003-2004)
  • Research Associate, CIRES Visiting Fellowship, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder. (2002-2003)
  • Graduate Student Researcher, Institute for Computational Earth System Science, University of California, Santa Barbara. (1994-2002)
  • Programmer, Climate System Modeling Program, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO. (1992-1994)

Selected Awards
  • Group Achievement Award, NASA EOSDIS Data Centers Support Team, National Snow and Ice Data Center. (2006)
  • Best Paper, "Incorporating Net Radiation Data into an Index Snowmelt Model in an Alpine Basin", Western Snow Conference, 2003, co-author. (2003)
  • Visiting Researcher Fellowship, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science, University of Colorado. (2002)
  • Dr. James E. Church Memorial Award, Best Student Paper, "Analysis of the spatial variability of snow cover depletion in an alpine watershed, Tokopah basin, Sierra Nevada, California, U.S.A.", Western Snow Conference, 2001, co-author. (2001)
  • Dr. James E. Church Memorial Award , Best Student Paper, "Automated Spectro-Goniometer for the Measurement of Snow Bi-directional Reflectance", Western Snow Conference, 2000, lead author. (2000)
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Colorado State University. (1989)

Selected Publications
  1. Painter, T. H., J. Deems, J. Belnap, A. Hamlet, C. C. Landry, and B. Udall (2010), Response of Colorado River runoff to dust radiative forcing in snow, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, in press.
  2. Lawrence, C. R., T. H. Painter, C. C. Landry, and J. C. Neff (2010), The Contemporary Physical and Chemical Composition of Aeolian Dust Deposition to Terrestrial Ecosystems of the San Juan Mountains, Colorado, USA, Journal of Geophysical Research - Biogeosciences, doi:10.1029/2009JG001077.
  3. Painter, T. H., K. Rittger, C. McKenzie, R. E. Davis, and J. Dozier, Retrieval of subpixel snow-covered area and grain size from MODIS reflectance data (2009), Remote Sensing of Environment, 113, 868-879, doi:10.1016/j.rse.2009.01.001.
  4. Steltzer, H., C. C. Landry, T. H. Painter, J. Anderson, and E. Ayres (2009), Biological consequences of earlier snowmelt from desert dust deposition in alpine landscapes, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, doi:10.1073/pnas.0900758106.
  5. Flanner, M. G., C. S. Zender, P. G. Hess, N. M. Mahowald, T. H. Painter, V. Ramanathan, and P. J. Rasch (2009), Springtime warming and reduced snow cover from carbonaceous particles, Atmos. Chem. Phys, 9, 2481-2497.
  6. Dozier, J., R. O. Green, A. W. Nolin, and T. H. Painter (2009), Interpretation of snow properties from imaging spectrometry, Remote Sensing of Environment, doi: 10.1016/j.rse.2007.07.029.
  7. Neff, J. C., A.P. Ballantyne, G.L. Farmer, N.M. Mahowald, J. Conroy, C.C Landry, J. Overpeck, T. H. Painter, C.R Lawrence, and R. Reynolds (2008), Recent Increases in Eolian Dust Deposition due to Human Activity in the Western United States, Nature Geosciences, doi: 10.1038/ngeo133.
  8. Painter, T. H., A. P. Barrett, C. Landry, J. Neff, M. P. Cassidy, C. Lawrence, K. E. McBride, and G. L. Farmer (2007), Impact of disturbed desert soils on duration of mountain snow cover, Geophysical Research Letters, 34, L12502, doi:10.1029/2007GL030284.
  9. Painter, T. H., N. Molotch, M. Cassidy, M. Flanner, and K. Steffen (2007), Contact spectroscopy for the determination of stratigraphy of snow grain size, Journal of Glaciology, 53(180), 121-127.
  10. Green R. O., T. H. Painter, D. A. Roberts, and J. Dozier (2006), Measuring the three phases of water in a melting snow environment with an imaging spectrometer in the solar reflected spectrum, Water Resources Research, doi: 10.1029/2005WR004509.
  11. Painter, T. H., and J. Dozier (2004), The effect of anisotropic reflectance on imaging spectroscopy of snow parameters, Remote Sensing of Environment 89(4), 409-422, doi:10.1016/j.rse.2006.03.002.
  12. Painter, T. H., and J. Dozier (2004), Measurements of the hemispherical-directional reflectance of snow at fine spectral and angular resolution, Vol. 109, No. D18, D18115, Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, doi: 10.1029/2003JD004458.
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