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Vivienne Payne
Group Supervisor

Vivienne Payne leads the Tropospheric Composition Group in the Earth Science Section at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She is actively involved in research in the areas of trace gas remote sensing, atmospheric radiative transfer in the microwave and infrared regions and molecular spectroscopy in the context of atmospheric remote sensing. She has extensive experience with spectrally resolved satellite measurements, from development of data products through validation/error characterization and scientific utilization, having served on a number of US and European satellite teams (Aura, OCO-2, Suomi-NPP, PMM and Envisat).

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

Research Interests
  • Retrieval of information from remotely-sensed measurements and the application of this information to the study of atmospheric composition
  • Atmospheric radiative transfer in the infrared and microwave regions
  • Molecular spectroscopy in the context of atmospheric remote sensing


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.

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.

Professional Experience
  • Group Supervisor, Tropospheric Composition Group, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2014 – present)
  • Research Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2012 – present)
  • Staff Scientist, Atmospheric and Environmental Research, Inc., Lexington, MA, USA (2009 - 2012)
  • Senior Research Associate, Atmospheric and Environmental Research, Inc., Lexington, MA, USA (2006-2009)
  • Research Associate, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA (2005)

Community Service
  • Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions in Geoscience and Remote Sensing, (2012-present)
  • 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)

Selected Awards
  • 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. 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. Discuss., doi:10.5194/acp-2016-10472017.
  2. L. Zhu, E. V. Fischer, V. H. Payne, T. W. Walker, J. R. Worden, Z. Jiang and S. S. Kulawik, PAN in the eastern Pacific free troposphere: A satellite view of the sources, seasonality, internannual variability and timeline for trend detection, J. Geophys. Res, doi:10.1002/2016JD025868, in press, 2017.
  3. K. E. Cady-Pereira, V. H. Payne, J. L. Neu, K. W. Bowman, K. Miyazaki, E.A. Marais, S. S. Kulawik, Z. A. Tzompa-Sosa, J. D. Hegarty, Seasonal and Spatial Changes in Trace Gases over Megacities from AURA TES Observations, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., doi:10.5194/acp-2017-110, 2017.
  4. S. S. Kulawik, C. O'Dell, V. H. Payne, L. Kuai, H. Worden, C. Sweeney, S. C. Biraud, L. Iraci, E. Yates, T. Tanaka, Lower-tropospheric CO2 from near-infrared ACOS-GOSAT observations, Atmos. Chem. Phys., doi:10.5194/acp-2016-720, 2017.
  5. H. Oetjen, V. H. Payne, J. L. Neu, S. S. Kulawik, D. P. Edwards, A. Eldering, H. M. Worden and J. Worden, A joint data record of tropospheric ozone profiles from Aura-TES and MetOp-IASI, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 10229-10239, doi:10.5194/acp-16-10229-2016, August 2016.
  6. W. Dolan, V. H. Payne, S. S. Kulawik and K. W. Bowman, Satellite observations of ethylene (C2H4) from the Aura Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer: A scoping study, Atmos. Env., 141, 388-393, July 2016.
  7. Z. Jiang, J. R. Worden, V. H. Payne, L. Zhu, E. Fischer, T. Walker, and D. B. A. Jones (2016), Ozone export from East Asia: The role of PAN, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 121, 6555-6563, doi:10.1002/2016JD024952, June 2016.
  8. V. H. Payne, M. J. Alvarado, K. E. Cady-Pereira, J. R. Worden, S. S. Kulawik and E. V. Fischer, Satellite observations of peroxyacetyl nitrate from the Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer, Atmos. Meas. Tech.., 7,3737-3749 (2014)
  9. H. Oetjen, V. H. Payne, S. S. Kulawik, A. Eldering, J. Worden, D. P. Edwards, G. L. Francis, H. M. Worden, C. Clerbaux, J. Hadji-Lazaro and D. Hurtmans, Extending the satellite data record of tropospheric ozone profiles from Aura-TES to MetOp-IASI, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 7, 4223-4236, doi:10.5194/amtd-7-7013-2014, (2014)
  10. J. Worden, Z. Jiang, D. Jones, M. Alvarado, K. Bowman, C. Frankenberg, E. A. Kort, S. S. Kulawik, M. Lee, J. Liu, V. Payne, K. Wecht and H. Worden, El Nino, the 2006 Indonesian peat fires and the distribution of atmospheric methane, Geophys. Res. Lett., 40 (18), 4938-4943 (2013)
  11. M. J. Alvarado, V. H. Payne, E. J. Mlawer, G. Uymin, M. W. Shephard, K. E. Cady-Pereira, J. S. Delamere and J-L. Moncet, Performance of the line-by-line radiative transfer model (LBLRTM) for temperature and species retrievals: Recent updates evaluated with IASI case studies, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 13, 6687-1711 (2013)
  12. E. J. Mlawer, V. H. Payne, J-L. Moncet, J. S. Delamere, M. J. Alvarado and D. C. Tobin, Development and evaluation of the MT_CKD model of continuum absorption, Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A, 370, 2520-2556, doi:10.1098/rsta.2011.0295 (2012)
  13. V. H. Payne, E. J. Mlawer, K. E. Cady-Pereira and J-L. Moncet, Water vapor continuum absorption in the microwave, IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sens., vol 49 (6), 2194-2208 (2011)
  14. V. H. Payne, M. W. Shephard, S. A. Clough, J. A. Logan and R. Nassar, Information-centered representation of retrievals with limited degrees of freedom for signal: Application to methane from the Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer, J. Geophys. Res., vol 114, D10307, doi:1029/2008JD101055 (2009)
  15. V. H. Payne, J. S. Delamere, K. E. Cady-Pereira, R. R. Gamache, J-L. Moncet, E. J. Mlawer and S. A. Clough, "Air-broadened halfwidths of the 22 GHz and 183 GHz water vapor lines", IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sens., vol. 46 (11), 3601-3617 (2008)

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