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Paul Wagner

  • B.S., Physics, California Institute of Technology (1976)


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, Member of Technical Staff (1979-Present)
    • Developed software for processing data from the Microwave Limb Sounder (MLS) instrument aboard the Earth-orbiting Aura spacecraft. (2000-Present)
    • Developed software for simulating impact dynamics of a projectile against various materials and geometries. (1996-2000)
    • Developed software for predicting the performance of microwave and electromagnetic heating and positioning of materials for processing in space. (1992-1996)
    • Developed software used in predicting sound radiation from submarines, vibrational modes of large space structures, acoustic levitation in processing space materials, the stability of spinning spacecraft with partially-filled fuel tanks, and thermally driven flows in molten drops. (1979-1992)

Selected Awards
  • Group Achievement Award, Microwave Limb Sounder Team, (2014)
  • NASA Space Act Award for EOS MLS Level 1B Data Processing Software, version 3, (2012)
  • NASA Space Act Award for EOS MLS Level 2 Data Processing Software, version 3, 2010
  • JPL Spot Award for EOS MLS level 2 software delivery v1.3 (2003)
  • JPL Fire Department: Urban Search and Rescue Reserve Team Certificate of Training (2001)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, for Small Disadvantaged Business Subcontracting Team (1996)

Selected Publications
  1. Froidevaux, L., Y.B. Jiang, A. Lambert, N.J. Livesey, W.G. Read, J.W. Waters, E.V. Browell, J.W. Hair, M.A. Avery, T.J. McGee, L.W. Twigg, G.K. Sumnicht, K.W. Jucks, J.J. Margitan, B. Sen, R.A. Stachnik, G.C. Toon, P.F. Bernath, C.D. Boone, K.A. Walker, M.J. Filipiak, R.S. Harwood, R.A. Fuller, G.L. Manney, M.J. Schwartz, W.H. Daffer, B.J. Drouin, R.E. Cofield, D.T. Cuddy, R.F. Jarnot, B.W. Knosp, V.S. Perun, W.V. Snyder, P.C. Stek, R.P. Thurstans, and P.A. Wagner, "Validation of Aura Microwave Limb Sounder stratospheric ozone measurements," J. Geophys. Res. 113, D15S20, doi:10.1029/2007JD008771, 2008.
  2. Cuddy, D.T., M.D. Echeverri, P.A. Wagner, A. Hanzel, and R.A. Fuller, "EOS MLS science data processing system: A description of architecture and capabilities," IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sensing 44, no. 5,
    doi:10.1109/TGRS.2005.863712, 2006.
  3. Livesey, N.J., W.V. Snyder, W.G. Read, and P.A. Wagner, "Retrieval algorithms for the EOS Microwave Limb Sounder (MLS) instrument," IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sensing 44, no. 5, 1144-1155, doi:10.1109/TGRS.2006.872327, May 2006.
  4. Waters, J.W., L. Froidevaux, R.S. Harwood, R.F. Jarnot, H.M. Pickett, W.G. Read, P.H. Siegel, R.E. Cofield, M.J. Filipiak, D.A. Flower, J.R. Holden, G.K. Lau, N.J. Livesey, G.L. Manney, H.C. Pumphrey, M.L. Santee, D.L. Wu, D.T. Cuddy, R.R. Lay, M.S. Loo, V.S. Perun, M.J. Schwartz, P.C. Stek, R.P. Thurstans, M.A. Boyles, S. Chandra, M.C. Chavez, G-S. Chen, B.V. Chudasama, R. Dodge, R.A. Fuller, M.A. Girard, J.H. Jiang, Y. Jiang, B.W. Knosp, R.C. LaBelle, J.C. Lam, K.A. Lee, D. Miller, J.E. Oswald, N.C. Patel, D.M. Pukala, O. Quintero, D.M. Scaff, W.V. Snyder, M.C. Tope, P.A. Wagner, and M.J. Walch, "The Earth Observing System Microwave Limb Sounder (EOS MLS) on the Aura satellite," IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sensing 44, no. 5, doi:10.1109/TGRS.2006.873771, 2006.
  5. HDF-EOS Aura File Format Guidelines, Cheryl Craig, Ken Stone, David Cuddy, Scott Lewicki, Pepijn Veefkind, Peter Leonard, Al Fleig and Paul Wagner, NCAR Doc.: SW-NCA-079 (Oct. 2002)
  6. Level 2, W. Van Snyder and Paul Wagner, at EOS MLS Test Readiness Review (Jun. 2002)
  7. EOS MLS Software: Instrument Data Processing, Paul Wagner, at HDF/HDF-EOS Workshop V (Feb. 2002)
  8. "Transmission of sound across a trusslike periodic panel", M. El-Raheb and P. Wagner, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 102 (4) (Oct. 1997)
  9. "Comparison of finite-difference and analytic microwave calculation methods", F.I. Friedlander, H.W. Jackson. M. Barmatz, and P. Wagner, Mat. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc. 430 (1996)
  10. "Transient elastic waves in finite layered media: Two-dimensional axisymmetric analysis", M. El-Raheb and P. Wagner, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 99 (6) (Jun. 1996)
  11. "Conductive sphere in a radio frequency field: Theory and applications to positioners, heating, and noncontact measurements", H.W. Jackson, J.L. Watkins, S. Chung and P. Wagner, J. Appld. Phys. 79 (7) (Apr. 1996)
  12. "Transient waves in a thick disk", M. El-Raheb and P. Wagner, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 95 (6) (Jun. 1994)
  13. "Unsteady heating of a drop in a microgravity environment", S. Sadhal, E. Trinh and P. Wagner, at ASME Winter Annual Meeting Anaheim CA (Nov. 1992)
  14. "Acoustic response of a rectangular levitator with orifices", M. El-Raheb and P. Wagner, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 88 (5) (Nov. 1990)

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