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Thomas Pongetti

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4800 Oak Grove Drive

Pasadena, CA 91109





Curriculum Vitae:

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Laboratory Studies And Atmospheric Observations


Tom's degrees in physics and mathematics propelled his career at JPL where he has gained immense experience in atmospheric observations over the past two decades. At the Table Mountain Facility, the California Laboratory for Atmospheric Remote Sensing, and several Megacities Carbon Project sites in the LA basin he develops, builds, and maintains instruments and infrastructure necessary to continue several years of atmospheric measurement.


  • B.S., Physics, California State University Fullerton, with honors and distinction in physics (2001)Minor in Mathematics (2001)
  • M.S., Physics, California State University Fullerton (2005)

Professional Experience

  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1999-Present)
    • Technologist (2016 - Present)
    • Scientist (2009 -2016)
    • Technical Staff (2006-2009)
    • Technical Associate (2002 - 2006)
  • California State University Fullerton (2000-2005)
    • Teaching Associate - Department of Physics (2001- 2005)
    • Research Associate - Physics - Optics Laboratory (2000 - 2002)

Research Interests

  • Atmospheric composition measurement
  • Remote sensing retrieval technique
  • Environmental sensor instrumentation

Selected Awards

  • JPL Division 32-Science -Discovery Award - LA Environmental Sensor Network (2016)
  • NASA Honors Award -Group Achievement - Pan-Fourier Transform Spectrometer(2015)
  • NASA Honors Award -Group Achievement - TMF Inter-comparison (2009)
  • JPL Outstanding Accomplishment - TMF FTUVS NO2 (2007)

Selected Publications

  1. K. Verhulst, A. Karion, J. Kim, P. Salameh, R. Keeling, S. Newman, J. Miller, C. Sloop, T. Pongetti, P. Rao, C. Wong, F. Hopkins, V. Yadav, R. Weiss, R. Duren, and C. Miller: In Situ Carbon Dioxide and Methane Measurements from the Los Angeles Megacity Carbon Project: 1. Calibration, Urban Enhancements, and Uncertainty Estimates, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., acp-2016-850 In Review.
  2. Zeng, Z.-C., Zhang, Q., Natraj, V., Margolis, J. S., Shia, R.-L., Newman, S., Fu, D., Pongetti, T.J. , Wong, K. W., Sander, S. P., Wennberg, P. O., and Yung, Y. L.: Aerosol scattering effects on water vapor retrievals over the Los Angeles Basin, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 2495-2508, doi:10.5194/acp-17-2495-2017, 2017.
  3. Wong, C. K., Pongetti, T. J., Oda, T., Rao, P., Gurney, K. R., Newman, S., Duren, R. M., Miller, C. E., Yung, Y. L., and Sander, S. P.: Monthly trends of methane emissions in Los Angeles from 2011 to 2015 inferred by CLARS-FTS observations, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 13121-13130, doi:10.5194/acp-16-13121-2016, 2016.
  4. Zhang, Q., V. Natraj, K.-F. Li, R.-L. Shia, D. Fu, T. J. Pongetti, S. P. Sander, C. M. Roehl, and Y. L. Yung (2015), Accounting for aerosol scattering in the CLARS retrieval of column averaged CO2 mixing ratios. J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 120, 7205-7218. doi: 10.1002/2015JD023499.
  5. Wong, K. W., Fu, D., Pongetti, T. J., Newman, S., Kort, E. A., Duren, R., Hsu, Y.-K., Miller, C. E., Yung, Y. L., and Sander, S. P.: Mapping CH4 : CO2 ratios in Los Angeles with CLARS-FTS from Mount Wilson, California, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 241-252, doi:10.5194/acp-15-241-2015, 2015.
  6. Fu D., Pongetti T.J., Blavier J-F L., Crawford T.J., Manatt K.S., Toon G.C., Wong C., Sander S.P., "Near-Infrared Remote Sensing of Los Angeles Trace Gas Distributions from a Mountaintop Site", 6, 8807 - 8854, Atmos. Meas. Tech. Discussion, 2013.
  7. Wang, S.; Li, K.-F.; Pongetti, T. J.; Sander, S. P.; Yung, Y. L.; Liang, M.-C.; Livesey, N. J.; Santee, M. L.; Harder, J. W.; Snow, M.; Mills, F. P.; Atmospheric OH response to the most recent 11-year solar cycle, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., 2013, 110, 2023-2028.
  8. T. Leblanc, T. D. Walsh, I. S. McDermid, G. Toon, J.-F. Blavier, B. Haines, W. G. Read, B. Herman, E. Fetzer, S. Sander, T. Pongetti, D. N. Whiteman, T. G. McGee, L. Twigg, G. Sumnicht, Demetrius Venable, Monique Calhoun, A. Dirisu, D. Hurst, A. Jordan, E. Hall, L. Miloshevich, H. Vömel, C. Straub, N. Kampfer, G.E. Nedoluha, R. M. Gomez, K. Holub, S. Gutman, J. Braun, T. Vanhove, G. Stiller, and A. Hauchecorne; Measurements of Humidity in the Atmosphere and Validation Experiments (MOHAVE)-2009: Review of campaign operations and results, Atmos. Meas. Tech, 2011.
  9. Wang, S., Pongetti, T.J., Sander, S.P., Spinei, E., Mount, G.H., Cede, Alexander, and Herman, J., Direct Sun measurements of NO2 column abundances from Table Mountain, California: Intercomparison of low- and high-resolution spectrometers. J. Geophys. Res., 2010, 115, doi:10.1029/2009JD013503.
  10. Cheung, R.; Li, K.; Wang, S.; Pongetti, T.; Cageao, R.; Sander, S. and Yung, Y.; An improved retrieval method for atmospheric hydroxyl (OH) abundances from ground-based ultraviolet solar spectra, Appl. Optics, 2008, 47, 6277-6284.
  11. Wang, S.; Pickett, H.; Pongetti, T.; Cheung, R.; Yung, Y.; Shim, C.; Li, Q.; Canty, T.; Salawitch, R.; Jucks, K.; Drouin, B. and Sander, S. Validation of Aura MLS OH measurements with FTUVS total OH column measurements at Table Mountain, California, J. Geophys. Res., 2008, 113, doi:10.1029/2008JD009883.
  12. Celarier, E.; Brinksma, E.; Gleason, J.; Veefkind, J.; Cede, A.; Herman, J.; Ionov, D.; Goutail, F.; Pommereau, J.-F.; Lambert, J.-C.; van Roozendael, M.; Pinardi, G.; Wittrock, F.; Schoenhardt, A.; Richter, A.; Imbrahim, O.; Wagner, T.; Bojkov, B.; Mount, G.; Spinei, E.; Chen, C.; Pongetti, T.; Sander, S. ; Bucsela, E.; Wenig, M.; Swart, D.; Volten, H.; Kroon, M.; Levelt, P. Validation of Ozone Monitoring Instrument nitrogen dioxide columns, J. Geophys. Res. 2008, 113, doi:10.1029/2007JD008908.
  13. Yang, Z., P. O. Wennberg, R. P. Cageao, T. J. Pongetti, G. C. Toon, and S. P. Sander, Ground-based photon path measurements from solar absorption spectra of the O2 A-band, J. Quant. Spec. Rad. Trans., 90, 309-321, 2004.