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Jorge  Vazquez's Picture
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Curriculum Vitae:

Jorge Vazquez

  • BS, Physics, University of Miami, with honors (1980)
  • MS, Oceanography, Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island (1983)
  • PHD, Geological Sciences, University of Southern California (1991)

Research Interests
  • Applying High Resolution Remote Sensing Data to Coastal Studies
  • Validation of satellite derived sea surface temperature data sets
  • Development and analysis of climate data records
  • Statistical Modeling of remote sensing data
  • Improvement in quality of sea surface temperature data records


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Aquarius measures global sea surface salinity to improve the understanding of ocean circulation and the linkage with climate and water cycle.

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The Soil Moisture Active Passive Mission provides measurements of soil moisture and its freeze/thaw state as well as sea surface salinity.

Professional Experience
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1993-present)
    • Project Science Lead for Sea Surface Temperature and Sea Surface Salinity for the Physical Oceanography Distributed Active Archive Center(2002-Present)
    • Research on the validation of satellite derived sea surface temperature products (1995-2002)
    • Principal Investigator for NOAA/NASA AVHRR Oceans Pathfinder Sea Surface Temperature Project. (1995)
    • NASA representative to the Advisory Council for the Group for High Resolution Sea Surface Temperature (GHRSST). CEOS COVERAGE NASA Team (1993-2002)
  • Visiting Scientist, Institute of Marine Science, Barcelona, Spain. Spanish Grant to apply remote sensing techniques to study the Mediterranean (1993)

Selected Awards
  • NASA MANNED FLIGHT AWARENESS PROGRAM in recognition of excellence and support of the NASA manned space program and its mission payloads.
  • Who's Who in Science and Engineering
  • NASA Group Achievement Award for implementation of the Global Data Assembly Center
  • National Ocean Partnership Award for Excellence
  • NASA Group Achievement Award for the Physical Oceanography Distributed Active Archive Center.
  • National Ocean Partnership  Award for excellence supporting joint programs between NASA and NOAA.

Selected Publications
  1. Relationship between SST gradients and upwelling off Peru and Chile: Model/Satellite Data Analysis, J.Vazquez-Cuervo, B. Dewitte, H. Torres, D. Menemenlis, T.M. Chin, E.M. Armstrong, accepted to International Journal of Remote Sensing.
  2. Gierach, M., J. Vazquez-Cuervo, T. Lee, and V. Tsontos, 2013: Aquarius and SMOS detect effects of an extreme Mississippi river, Q1 flooding event in the Gulf of Mexico, accepted Geophysical Research Letters.
  3. Vazquez-Cuervo, J.,  B. Dewitte, T. M. Chin, E. M. Armstrong, S. Purca, and E. Alburqueque. 2013. An Analysis of SST Gradients off the Peruvian Coast: The impact of going to higher resolution. Remote Sensing of the Environment, 131, 76-84. doi:10.1016/j.rse.2012.12.010.
  4.  Armstrong, E. M.,  G. Wagner, J.  Vazquez-Cuervo, T. M. Chin, 2012: Comparisons of regional satellite sea surface temperature gradients derived from MODIS and AVHRR sensors, International Journal of Remote Sensing, 33:21, 6639-665.
  5. Garcia-Soto,  C. J. Vazquez-Cuervo, P. Clemente-Colon, and F. Hernandez,  Satellite Oceanography and Climate Change: Introduction to Special Issue as Guest Editor,  2012: Deep Sea Research Part II: Satellite Oceanography and Climate Change, 77-80, 1-9.
  6. Dash, P.,  A. Ignatov, M. Martin, C. Donlon, B. Brasnett, R. W. Reynolds, V. Banzon, H. Beggs, J.-F. Cayula, Y. Chao, R. Grumbin, E. Maturi,  A. Harris,  J. Mittaz, J. Sapper,  T. M. Chin, J. Vazquez-Cuervo,  E.M. Armstrong,  C. Gentemann,  J. Cummings, J-F Piolle,  E. Autret,  J. Roberts-Jones,  S Ishizaki,  J. L. Hoyer,  and D. Poulter, Group for High Resolution Sea Surface Temperature (GHRSST) analysis fields inter-comparisons-Part 2 Near Real Time web-based level 4 quality monitor (SQUAM), 2012: Deep Sea Research Part II: Satellite Oceanography and Climate Change, 77-80, 31-43.
  7. Dewitte, B. J.Vazquez-Cuervo b, K.Goubanova, S.Illig, K.Takahashi, G.Cambon, S.Purca, D. Correa, D.Gutierrez, A.Sifeddine, L.Ortlieb, Change in El Nino flavours over 1958–2008: Implications for the long-term trend of the upwelling off Peru, 2012: Deep Sea Research Part II: Satellite Oceanography and Climate Change, 77-80, 143-156.
  8. Vázquez-Cuervo, J., E. M. Armstrong, K. S. Casey, R. Evans, K. Kilpatrick, 2010: Comparison between the Pathfinder Versions 5.0 and 4.1 Sea Surface Temperature Datasets: A Case Study for High Resolution. J. Climate, 23, 1047–1059.
  9. Freeman A, V. Zlotnicki, T. Liu, B. Holt, R. Kwok, S. Yueh, J. Vazquez-Cuervo, D.  Siege, G.  Lagerloef,2010.   Ocean Measurements from Space  in  2025, Oceanography, 23 (4).
  10. Donlon C. J.  , K. S . Casey, I. S . Robinson , C. L . Gentemann , R. W. Reynolds , I. Barton , O. Arino , J. Stark, N. Rayner , P. LeBorgne , D. Poulter ,  J. Vazquez-Cuervo,  E. Armstrong , H. Beggs , D. Llewellyn- Jones , P. J . Minnett, C. J . Merchant, and R. Evans. 2009: The GODAE High-Resolution Sea Surface Temperature Pilot Project, Oceanography,  22 (3).
  11. Vazquez-Cuervo, J., E. Armstrong, K. Casey, R. Evans, and K. Kilpatrick, 2009: A Comparison between Version 5 and Version 4.1 of the Pathfinder Sea Surface Temperature Data Sets, “A Case Study for High Resolution, Accepted to Journal of Climate.
  12. Donlon, C.,  I. Robinson, K Casey, J Vazquez-Cuervo, E. Armstrong, O Arino, C Gentemann, D May, P. Le Borgne, J Piolle, I Barton, H Beggs, D. J. S. Poulter, C. J. Merchant, A. Bingham, S Heinz, A Harris, G Wick, B Emery, P Minnett, R Evans, D Lellewylln-Jones, C. Mutlow, R. Reynolds, H. Kawamura, and N. Raynor, in press Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society,  2007: The Global Ocean Data Assimilation Experiment (GODAE) High Resolution Sea Surface Temperature Pilot Project, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.
  13. Vazquez-Cuervo, J.  and E. Armstrong, A. Harris, 2004:  The Effect of Aerosols and Clouds on the Retrieval of Infrared Sea Surface Temperatures,  Journal of Climate,  (11), 3921-3933.
  14. Armstrong, E. M.  and J. Vazquez-Cuervo,  2001: A New Global Satellite-Based Sea Surface Temperature Climatology,  Geophysical Research Letters, 28 (22), 4199-4202. 
  15. Vazquez-Cuervo, J., and R. Sumgaysay, 2001:  "Comparisons of SSTs as derived from the European Remote Sensing Satellite and the NOAA/NASA AVHRR Oceans Pathfinder Data Set", Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 82 (5), 925-944.
  16. Garcia-Gorriz, E., J. Vazquez, 1999:  Ocean-Atmosphere Coupling in the Mediterranean, International Journal of Remote Sensing, 20 (11).
  17. Viudez, A., Haney, B. and J. Vazquez-Cuervo, 1999: The deflection of baroclinic jets near the coast: A Case Study in the Alboran Sea,  Journal of Physical Oceanography, 28  (2).
  18. Bouzinac, C., J. Vazquez, C. Millot  and J. Font, 1998: CEOF Analysis of ERS-1 and TOPEX/Poseidon Combined Altimetric Data in the Region of the Algerian Current, Journal of Geophysical research.
  19. Vazquez, J.,  Font, J., and Martinez-Benjamin, J.J.,  1996: Observations on the circulation in the Alboran Sea using ERS1 altimetry and AVHRR data,  Journal of Physical Oceanography.
  20. Smith, E. A., J., Vazquez, A. Van Tran, and R. Sumagaysay, 1995: A Satellite-Derived Sea Sea Surface Temperature Data Set for Global  Studies from the NOAA/NASA Pathfinder Program, EOS.
  21. Vazquez, J.,  A V. Tran, R. Sumagaysay, E. Smith, S. Digby, and K. Perry, 1994, NOAA/NASA AVHRR Oceans Pathfinder Sea Surface Temperature Data Set User's Handbook.
  22. Vazquez, J.  1993:  Observations on the long-period variability of the Gulf Stream,  Journal of Geophysical Research., 98(c11).
  23. Dickey, T. Granata, J. Marra, C. Langdon, J. Wiggert, Z. Chai, M. Hamilton, J. Vazquez, M. Stramska, R. Gidigare and D. Siegel, 1993.  Seasonal Variability of Bio-optical and Physical Properties in the Sargasso Sea, Journal of Geophysical Research, 98(c1).
  24. Fu, L.-L.,  J. Vazquez and C. Perigaud, 1991.  "Fitting Dynamic Models to the GEOSAT sea level observations in the Tropical Pacific Ocean.  Part 1:  A free wave model, Journal of Physical Oceanography, 21(6).
  25. Vazquez, J., V. Zlotnicki and L.-L. Fu, 1990.  Sea level variabilities in the Gulf Stream between Cape Hatteras and 50 degrees West-a GEOSAT Study, Journal of Geophysical Research, 95 (C10).
  26. Fu, L.-L. and J. Vazquez, 1988. On correcting radial orbit errors for an altimetric satellite using cross-over analysis, Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, 5 (3).
  27. Fu, L.-L. and J. Vazquez, 1987.  Seasonal variability of the Gulf Stream from satellite altimetry, Journal of Geophysical Research, 92 (C1), 749-754.
  28. Vazquez, J. and D. R. Watts, 1985.  Observations on the propagation, growth, and predictability of Gulf Stream meanders. Journal of Geophysical Research, 90(C4), 7143-7151.

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