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Vivienne Payne

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4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 233-200

Pasadena, CA 91109



Curriculum Vitae:

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Tropospheric Composition

Group Supervisor


Vivienne Payne is the Project Scientist for the Orbiting Carbon Observatory 2 (OCO-2) and the Deputy Project Scientist for OCO-3. She currently serves as the co-lead for the NASA Sounder Science Discipline Team and leads the Tropospheric Composition Group in the Earth Science Section at JPL. Her research interests lie in remote sensing of the troposphere and the ways in which satellite measurements can advance our understanding of the Earth system.


  • D.Phil (Ph.D equivalent) in Atmospheric Physics, University of Oxford (2006)
  • MPhys in Physics (First Class Honors), University of Edinburgh (2001)

Professional Experience

  • 2022-present: Project Scientist for OCO-2
  • 2023-present: Deputy Project Scientist for OCO-3
  • 2019 – present: Composition lead for AIRS
  • 2014 – present: Group Supervisor, Tropospheric Composition, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • 2012 – present: Research Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • 2009 - 2012: Staff Scientist, Atmospheric and Environmental Research, Inc., Lexington, MA, USA
  • 2006-2009: Senior Research Associate, Atmospheric and Environmental Research, Inc., Lexington, MA, USA
  • 2005: Research Associate, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA

Community Service

  • Co-lead, NASA Sounder Science Discipline Team (2021-2024)
  • Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions in Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 2012-2020
  • Reviewer for journal articles (J. Geophys. Res., IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sens., J. Quant. Spec. Radiat. Transfer, Atmos. Meas. Tech., J. Appl. Met. Clim.)
  • Reviewer for grant proposals (NASA, DoE, Netherlands Science Council, UK Natural Environmental Research Council)

Research Interests

  • Retrieval of information from remotely-sensed measurements and the application of this information to the study of atmospheric composition, chemistry and climate

Selected Awards

  • Hans Liebe Lecturer in microwave spectroscopy as applied to remote sensing (2020)
  • JPL Explorer Award (individual), for development of satellite retrievals of peroxyacetyl nitrate (2019)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award: OCO-2 Science Algorithm Team (2016)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award: Global Precipitation Measurement Mission (2015)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award: Aura Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer Team (2014)
  • AER Employee of the Year (2010)

Selected Publications

  1. Shogrin, M. J., Payne, V. H., Kulawik, S. S., Miyazaki, K., and Fischer, E. V.: Measurement Report: Spatiotemporal variability of peroxy acyl nitrates (PANs) over Mexico City from TES and CrIS satellite measurements, Atmos. Chem. Phys.,, 2023.
  2. Payne, V. H., Kulawik, S. S., Fischer, E. V., Brewer, J. F., Huey, L. G., Miyazaki, K., Worden, J. R., Bowman, K. W., Hintsa, E. J., Moore, F., Elkins, J. W., and Juncosa Calahorrano, J.: Satellite measurements of peroxyacetyl nitrate from the Cross-Track Infrared Sounder: Comparison with ATom aircraft measurements, Atmos. Meas. Tech.,, 2022
  3. Juncosa Calahorrano, J., Payne, V. H., Kulawik, S. S., Flocke, F., Campos, T., and Fischer, E. V.: Evolution of PAN in wildfire smoke plumes detected by the Cross-Track Infrared Sounder (CrIS) over the western US during summer 2018, Geophys. Res. Lett., 48 (23), e 2021GL093405, 10.1029/2021GL093405
  4. Kulawik, S. S., J. R. Worden, V. H. Payne, D. Fu, S. C. Wofsy, C. Sweeney, B. C. Daube Jr., A. Lipton, I. Polonsky, Y. He, K. E. Cady-Pereira, E. J. Dlugokencky, D. J. Jacob and Y. Yin: Evaluation of single-footprint AIRS CH4 profile retrieval uncertainties using aircraft profile measurements, Atmos. Meas. Tech. 14, 335–354,, 2021.
  5. Wells, K. C., D. B. Millet, V. H. Payne, N. J. Deventer, J. A. de Gouw, M. Graus, C. Warneke, A. Wisthaler and J. D. Fuentes: Global measurements of isoprene from space: Constraints on emissions and atmospheric oxidation, Nature, 585, 225-233, 2020
  6. Payne, V. H., B. J. Drouin, F. Oyafuso, L. Kuai, B. M. Fisher, K. Sung, D. Nemchick, T. Crawford, M. Smyth, D. Crisp, E. Adkins, J. T. Hodges, D. A. Long, E. J. Mlawer, A. Merrelli, E. Lunny and C. W. O’Dell, Absorption Coefficient (ABSCO) Tables for the Orbiting Carbon Observatories: Version 5.1. Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer, 255, 107217,, 2020.
  7. Hobbs, J., B. J. Drouin, F. Oyafuso, V. H. Payne, M. R. Gunson, J. McDuffie, E. J. Mlawer: Spectroscopy uncertainty impacts on OCO-2/3 retrievals of XCO2, Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer, 257, 107630,
  8. Miyazaki, K., Bowman, K., Sekiya, T., Eskes, H., Boersma, F., Worden, H., Livesey, N., Payne, V. H., Sudo, K., Kanaya, Y., Takigawa, M., and Ogochi, K.: An updated tropospheric chemistry reanalysis and emission estimates, TCR-2, for 2005–2018, Earth Syst. Sci. Data,
  9. Fu, D., Millet, D. B., Wells, K., Payne, V. H., Yu, S., Guenther, A. and Eldering, A.: Direct measurements of isoprene from infrared satellite observations, Nature Communications, 10, Article number 3811 (2019)
  10. Fischer, E. V., L. Zhu, L., V. H. Payne, J. R. Worden, Z. Jiang, S. S. Kulawik, S. Brey, A. Hecobian, D. Gombos, K. Cady-Pereira and F. Flocke: The Contribution of Fires to TES Observations of Free Tropospheric PAN over North America in July, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 5639-5653,
  11. O'Dell, C. W., Eldering, A., Wennberg, P. O., Crisp, D., Gunson, M. R., Fisher, B., Frankenberg, C., Kiel, M., Lindqvist, H., Mandrake, L., Merrelli, A., Natraj, V., Nelson, R. R., Osterman, G. B., Payne, V. H., Taylor, T. R., Wunch, D., Drouin, B. J., Oyafuso, F., Chang, A., McDuffie, J., Smyth, M., Baker, D. F., Basu, S., Chevallier, F., Crowell, S. M. R., Feng, L., Palmer, P. I., Dubey, M., García, O. E., Griffith, D. W. T., Hase, F., Iraci, L. T., Kivi, R., Morino, I., Notholt, J., Ohyama, H., Petri, C., Roehl, C. M., Sha, M. K., Strong, K., Sussmann, R., Te, Y., Uchino, O., and Velazco, V. A.: Improved Retrievals of Carbon Dioxide from the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 with the version 8 ACOS algorithm, Atmos. Meas. Tech.,, 2018.
  12. V. H. Payne, J. L., Neu, and H. M., Worden, Satellite observations for understanding the drivers of variability and trends in tropospheric ozone, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 122, doi:10.1002/2017JD026737, 2017
  13. V. H. Payne, E. V. Fischer, J. R. Worden, Z. Jiang, L. Zhu, T. P. Kurosu, S. S. Kulawik: Spatial variability in tropospheric peroxyacetyl nitrate in the tropics from infrared satellite observations in 2005 and 2006, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 6341-6351, doi:10.5194/acp-17-6341-2017, 2017.
  14. F. Oyafuso, V. H. Payne, B. J. Drouin, V. M. Devi, D. C. Benner, K. Sung, I.E. Gordon, R. Kochanov, Y. Tan, D. Crisp, E. J. Mlawer and A. Guillaume, High-accuracy absorption coefficients for the OCO-2 mission: Validation of updated carbon dioxide cross-sections using atmospheric spectra, J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer, doi:10.1016/j.jqsrt.2017.06.12