Dr. Robert R. Nelson received his Ph.D. in atmospheric science from Colorado State University. His work has focused on the scattering effects of clouds and aerosols on near-infrared measurements of carbon dioxide (CO2). Dr. Nelson came to JPL in 2019 as a postdoctoral researcher to work on algorithm development for OCO-2 and OCO-3 with the primary goal of enhancing the accuracy and precision of column CO2 measurements. His interests also include the remote sensing of other greenhouse gases (GHGs) as well as the detection and quantification of small-scale sources of GHGs such as megacities and power plants.
Satellite and in situ measurements of greenhouse gases, near-infrared greenhouse gas retrieval algorithms, small-scale GHG sources and sinks, carbon cycle science, climate change.