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Vincent J. Realmuto

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4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 183-501

Pasadena, CA 91109





Member of:

Earth Surface and Interior

Employed By



  • M.S. in Geological Engineering, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ (1984)
  • Ph.D. in Geosciences (minor in Optical Sciences), University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ (1990)

Professional Experience

  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1988-Present)
    • Principal, Solid Earth Group, Science Division (2006-present)
    • Principal Investigator, NASA Solid Earth and Natural Hazards Program, (1997-present)
    • Supervisor, Visualization and Scientific Animation Group, Instruments and Science Data Systems Division (1996-2005)
    • Team Member, Global Assessment of Active Volcanism Interdisciplinary Study (IDS) Team, NASA EOS program, (1995-2003) and Team Collaborator, (1991-1994)
    • Experiment Scientist, Thermal Infrared Multispectral Scanner (TIMS) instrument project (1991-1998)
    • Member of Technical Staff, Earth and Space Sciences Division (1988-1996)

Research Interests

  • Application of quantitative remote sensing techniques to the study of volcanic and geothermal phenomena
  • Application of 3D computer graphics and animation techniques to visualize earth science data sets
  • Conceptual design and evaluation of remote sensing instrumentation

Selected Publications

  1. Realmuto, V.J., and others (2015), Specifying the saturation temperature for the HyspIRI 4-μm channel, Remote Sensing of Environment, 167, 40-52, doi: 10.1016/j.rse.2015.04.028.
  2. Realmuto, V.J., and A. Berk (2016), Plume Tracker: interactive mapping of volcanic sulfur dioxide emissions with high-performance radiative transfer modeling, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, doi: 10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2016.07.001.
  3. Vaughan, R.G., Hook, S.J., Ramsey, M.S., Realmuto, V.J. and Schneider, D. J. 2005, Monitoring Eruptive Activity at Mount St. Helens with TIR Image Data, Geophysical Research Letters, v. 32, No. 19, L19305.
  4. Watson, I.M., Realmuto, V.J., Rose, W.I., Prata, A.J., Bluth, G.J.S., Gu, Y., Bader, C.E., Yu, T., Thermal infrared remote sensing of volcanic emissions using the moderate resolution imaging spectroradiometer, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 135, 75-89, 2004.
  5. Buongiorno MF, Realmuto VJ, and Doumaz, Recovery of spectral emissivity from thermal infrared multispectral scanner imagery acquired over a mountainous terrain: a case study from Mount Etna, Sicily, Remote Sens Environ, 79, 123-133, 2002.
  6. Realmuto VJ and Worden HM, The impact of atmospheric water vapor on the thermal infrared remote sensing og volcanic sulfur dioxide emissions: A case study from the Pu'u 'O'o vent of Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii, J Geophys Res, 105, 21,497-21,508, 2000.
  7. Realmuto VJ, The potential use of Earth Observing System data to monitor the passive emission of sulfur dioxide from volcanoes, Geophysical Monograph 116, 101-115, 2000.
  8. Realmuto VJ, Sutton AJ, Elias T, Multispectral imaging of sulfur dioxide plumes from the East Rift Zone of Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii, J Geophys Res, 102, 15,057-15,072, 1997.
  9. Sabine C, Realmuto VJ, and Taranik JV, Quantitative estimation of granitoid composition from thermal infrared multispectral scanner (TIMS) data, Desolation Wilderness, northern Sierra Nevada, California, J Geophys Res, 99, 4261-4271, 1994.
  10. Realmuto VJ, Abrams MJ, and Buongiornio MF, and Pieri DC, The use of multispectral thermal infrared image data to estimate the sulfur dioxide flux from volcanoes: a case study from Mount Etna, Sicily, 29 July 1986, J Geophys Res, 99, 481-488, 1994.
  11. Realmuto VJ, Hon K, Kahle AB, Abbott EA, and Pieri DC, Multispectral thermal infrared mapping of the 1 October 1988 Kupaianaha flow field, Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii, Bull Volcanology, 55, 33-44, 1992.