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Robert P. Thurstans

  • B.S., Mathematics (Computer Science Minor), Northeastern University, with highest honors (1979)
  • Sc.D., Applied Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1987)

Research Interests
  • Computer Systems


MLS - Microwave Limb Sounder Icon MLS - Microwave Limb Sounder
The Microwave Limb Sounder (MLS) experiments measure naturally-occurring microwave thermal emission from the limb (edge) of Earth's atmosphere to remotely sense vertical profiles of atmospheric gases, temperature, pressure, and cloud ice.

Professional Experience
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1988-Present)
    • Member of Technical Staff, Science Division (1989-Present)
    • Member of Technical Staff, Navigation Analysis Section (1988-1989)
  • Intermetrics, Incorporated (1976-1979)
    • Navigation Analyst (1979)
    • Computer Programmer (1976-1979)

Selected Publications
  1. J.W. Waters., W.G. Read, L. Froidevaux, R.F. Jarnot, R.E. Cofield, D.A. Flower, G.K. Lau, H.M. Pickett, M.L. Santee, D.L. Wu, M.A. Boyles, J.R. Burke, R.R. Lay, M.S. Loo, N.J. Livesey, T.A. Lungu, G.L. Manney, L.L. Nakamura, V.S. Perun, B.P. Ridenoure, Z. Shippony, P.H. Siegel, R.P. Thurstans, R.S. Harwood, H.C. Pumphrey, M.J. Filipiak, (1999) "The UARS and EOS Microwave Limb Sounder Experiments," Journal of Atmospheric Science 56, 194 -218 (1999)
  2. J. W. Waters, W. G. Read, L. Froidevaux, T. A. Lungu, V. S. Perun, R. A. Stachnik, R. F. Jarnot, R. E. Cofield, E. F. Fishbein, D. A. Flower, J. R. Burke, J. C. Hardy, L. L. Nakamura, B. P. Ridenoure, Z. Shippony, R. P. Thurstans, L. M. Avallone, D. W. Toohey, R. L. deZafra, and D. T. Shindell, (1996) "Validation of UARS Microwave Limb Sounder ClO measurements," Journal of Geophysical Research, 101, 10091-10127 (1996)
  3. G. Bertin, C.-C. Lin, S.A. Lowe and R.P. Thurstans, (1989) "A Modal Approach to the Morphology of Spiral Galaxies. I. Basic Structure and Astrophysical Viability," The Astrophysical Journal, 338, 78-103 (1989)
  4. G. Bertin, C.-C. Lin, S.A. Lowe and R.P. Thurstans, (1989) "A Modal Approach to the Morphology of Spiral Galaxies. II. Dynamical Mechanisms," The Astrophysical Journal, 338, 104-120 (1989)
  5. R.P. Thurstans, (1987) "On Spiral Modes in Galaxy Models," Sc.D. Thesis, MIT (1987)
  6. C.-C. Lin and R.P. Thurstans, (1984) "On a Spectral Theory of the Excitation Mechanism of Galactic Spirals," Proceedings of a Course & Workshop on Plasma Astrophysics 28, 121, Varenna (1984)

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