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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, Aqua, 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.

The Atmospheric Infrared Sounder, AIRS, is an instrument whose goal is to support climate research and improved weather forecasting.

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
  • 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. Discuss.,, accepted for final publication in ACP
  • 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., 17, 9379-9398,, 2017
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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., 17, 5407-5438,, 2017
  • 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, 2017
  • A. Eldering, C. O'Dell, P. Wennberg, D. Crisp, M. Gunson, C. Viatte, C. Avis, A. Braverman, R. Castano, A. Chang, L. Chapsky, C. Cheng, B. Connor, L. Dang, G. Doran, B. Fisher, C. Frankenberg, D. Fu, R. Granat, J. Hobbs, R. Lee, L. Mandrake, J. McDuffie, C. Miller, V. Myers, V. Natraj, D. O'Brien, G. Osterman, F. Oyafuso, V. Payne, H . Pollock, I. Polonsky, C. Roehl, R. Rosenberg, F. Schwandner, M. Smyth, V. Tang, T. Taylor, C. To, D. Wunch, and J. Yoshimizu, The Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2: First 18 months of Science Data Products, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 10, 549-563, doi:10.5194/amt-2016-247, 2017
  • B. J. Drouin, D. C. Benner, L. R. Brown, M. Cich, T. Crawford, V. M. Devi, A. Guillaume, J. T. Hodges, E. J. Mlawer, D. Robichaud, F. Oyafuso, V. H. Payne , K. Sung, E. Wishnow and S. Yu, Multispectrum analysis of the oxygen A-band, J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer, doi:10.1016/j.jqsrt.2016.03.037, 2017
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • D. C. Benner, V. M. Devi, K. Sung, L. R. Brown, C. E. Miller, V.H. Payne , B. J. Drouin, S. Yu, T. J. Crawford, A. W. Mantz, M. A. H. Smith and R. R. Gamache, Line parameters including temperature dependences of air- and self-broadened line shapes of 12C16O2: 2.06 micron region, J. Mol. Spec., 326, 21-47, September 2016
  • V. M. Devi, D. C. Benner, K. Sung, L. R. Brown, T. J. Crawford, C. E. Miller, B. J. Drouin, V. H. Payne , S. Yu, M. A. H. Smith, A. W. Mantz and R. R. Gamache, Line parameters including temperature dependences of air- and self-broadened line shapes of 12C16O2: 1.6 micron region, J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer, 177, 117-144, July 2016
  • B. Connor, H. Boesch, J. McDuffie, T. Taylor, D. Fu, C. Frankenberg, C. O'Dell, V. H. Payne , M. Gunson, R. Pollock, J. Hobbs, F. Oyafuso and Y. Jiang, Quantification of uncertainties in OCO-2 measurements of XCO2: Simulations and linear error analysis, Atmos. Meas. Tech. Discuss., doi:10.5194/amt-2016-128, 16th June 2016
  • H. Brogniez, S. English, J-F. Mahouf, A. Behrendt, W. Berg, S. A. Boukabara, S. A. Buehler, P. Chambon, A. Gambacorta, A. Geer, W. Ingram, E. R. Kursinski, M. Matricardi, T. A. Odintsova, V. H. Payne , P. Thorne, M. Yu Tretyakov and J. Wang, A review of sources of systematic errors and uncertainties in observations and simulations at 183 GHz, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 2207-2221, doi:10.5194/amt-0-2207-2016, 18th May 2016

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