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David Rider

  • B.A., Chemistry, Wittenberg University, Springfield, OH (1975)
  • Ph.D., Chemistry, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI (1980)


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.

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.

Professional Experience
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1983-Present)
    • Group Supervisor (Act.) Atmospheric Observations (2013-Present)
    • Principal Scientist
    • Co-investigator and Instrument Scientist for the Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer (TES) (1988-Present)
    • Instrument Scientist for the Airborne Emission Spectrometer
    • Co-investigator and science technical lead of the Venus Multiprobe Discovery mission
    • Co-Investigator on the Mars Global Surveyor Pressure Modulator Infrared Radiometer
    • Member of the MO/PMIRR science team responsible for instrument calibration, retrieval integration, retrieval sensitivity evaluation and backup retrieval implementation
    • Deputy Principal Investigator for EOS/SWIRLS
  • Research Engineer, GTE Products Corp., Sylvania Lighting Center, Danvers MA (1982-1983)
  • Post Doctoral Research Associate, Chemistry Dept. Stanford University, Stanford, CA (1980-1982)
  • Teaching Assistant, Michigan State University. (1975-1979)

Selected Awards
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, PanFTS Instrument Development Team (2012)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, AirMSPI Team (2012)

Selected Publications
  1. A Computer-Controlled, High Efficiency Photoionization Mass Spectrometer. E.J. Darland, D. M. Rider, F. P. Tulley, C. G. Enke and G. E. Leroi. Int'l. J. Mass Spectrom. & Ion Physics 34, 175 (1980)
  2. A Photoionization Mass Spectrometric Investigation of CH3CN and CD3CN. D. M. Rider, G. W. Ray, E. J. Darland and G. E. Leroi. J. Chem. Phys. 74, 1652 (1981)
  3. Unimolecular Fragmentation Kinetics by Multiphoton Ionization. D. Proch, D. M. Rider and R. N. Zare. Chem. Phys. Lett. 81, 430 (1981)
  4. Multiphoton Ionization Photoelectron Spectroscopy: A New Method for Determining Vibrational Structure of Molecular Ions. S L. Anderson, D. M. Rider and R. N. Zare. Chem. Phys. Lett. 93, 11 (1882)
  5. Unimolecular Dissociation Rates of the Chlorobenzene Cation Prepared by Multiphoton Ionization. J. L. Durant, D. M. Rider, S. L. Anderson, F. D. Proch and R. N. Zare. J. Chem. Phys. 80, 1817 (1984)
  6. Multiphoton Ionization Studies of Iron. W. W. Harrison, D. M. Rider and R. N. Zare. Int'l. J. Mass Spectrom & Ion Processes 65, 59 (1985)
  7. Laser Ablation of Human Atherosclerotic Plaque without Adjacent Tissue Injury. W. S. Grundfest, F. Litvack, L. Moregenstern, M. Fishbein, T. Goldenberg, J. W. Forrester, J. B. Laudenslager, D. M. Rider, T. J. Pacala and I. S. McDermid. J. Am. Coll. Cardiology 5, 929-933 (1985)
  8. The Effects of Hematoporphyrin Derivative and Photodynamic Therapy on Atherosclerotic Rabbits. F. Litvack, W. S. Grundfest, J. S. Forrester, D. M. Rider, I. S. McDermid, T. J. Pacala and J. B. Laudenslager. Am. J. Cardiology 56, 667-671 (1985)
  9. Pulsed Ultraviolet Lasers and the Potential for Safe Laser Angioplasty. W. S. Grundfest, I. F. Litvack, T. Sherman, L. Morgenstern, R. Carroll, M. Fishbein, J. S. Forrester, T. Goldenberg, J. J. Margitan, I. S. McDermid. T. J. Pacala, D. M. Rider and J. B. Laudenslager. Am. J. Surgery 150, 220-226 (1985)
  10. Electrooptic Phase Modulation Gas Correlation Spectroscopy: A Laboratory Demonstration. D. M. Rider, J. T. Schofield, J. S. Margolis and D. M. McCleese. Applied Optics 25, 2860 (1986)
  11. Tunable Diode Laser Spectral Diagnostic Studies of a Pressure Modulator Radiometer. R. D. May, D. J. McCleese, D. M. Rider, J. T. Schofield and C. R. Webster. Applied Optics, 27, 3591-3593 (1988)
  12. The General Circulation of the Venus Atmosphere: An Assessment. P. J. Gierash, R. M. Goody, D. Crisp, A. Del Genio, C. Edwards, R. Greeley, A. Hou, R. Kahn, C. B. Leovy, D. McCleese, M. Newman, D. Rider and R. E. Young. Venus, University of Arizona Press (1997)
  13. An Overview of the Airborne Activities During SOS. G. Hubler, R Alvarez, P. Daum, R. Denis, N. Gillani, L. Kleinman, W. Luke, J. Meagher, D. Rider, M. Trainer and R Valente. J. Geophys. Res., 103, 22,245-22,259 (1998)
  14. Tropospheric emission spectrometer for the Earth Observing System's Aura satellite, Beer, R., T. A. Glavich, and D. M. Rider, Applied Optics, 40, 2356-2367, (2001)

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