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Victor Zlotnicki
Assistant Section Manager

  • Geodetic & Geophysical Engineering, U. Buenos Aires (1976)
  • Ph.D., Oceanography (Marine Geophysics), Massachussetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (1983)

Research Interests
  • Separation of geophysical from ocean circulation signals in satellite altimetry, GRACE gravimetry
  • Processing, management and effective delivery of large satellite data streams


ECCO-IcES is a project that aims to produce increasingly accurate syntheses of all available global-scale ocean and sea-ice data at resolutions that start to resolve ocean eddies.

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Produces and delivers high-quality, easy-to use data products derived from the GRACE mission.

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NASA’s Sea Level Change team was selected in 2014, 2017, and 2020, to focus on advancing NASA sea level science and forming new collaborations to tackle the interdisciplinary challenges in sea level research.

Professional Experience
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1985-present)
    • Assistant Section Manager, Earth Science Section (2014-present)
    • Acting Manager & Deputy Section Manager, Climate, Oceans and Solid Earth Section (2013 -2014)
    • Group Supervisor, Ocean-Atmosphere Interaction Group (2006-2010)
    • Discipline Program Manager, Climate Variability (2002-present)
    • PO-DAAC Task Scientist (1995-2002)
    • NODS Task Scientist (1985-1988)
    • Scientist, Research Scientist, Principal Research Scientist: Ocean Sciences (1985-present)
  • National Research Council Resident Research Associate, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (1983-84)

Selected Awards
  • NASA Exceptional Service Medal (1999)
  • JPL Award of Excellence (1998)

Selected Publications
  1. Li. Z., C. Zuffada, S. T. Lowe, T. Lee and V. Zlotnicki, 2016: Analysis of GNSS-R Altimetry for Mapping Ocean Mesoscale Sea Surface Heights Using High-Resolution Model Simulations. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, 10, 9, doi10.1109/JSTARS.2016.2581699..
  2. Zlotnicki V., S. Bettadpur, F. Landerer and M. Watkins (2013): Remote Sensing of Earth¹s Gravity Field (GRACE). In: Robert A. Meyers (Ed), Encyclopedia of Sustainability, pp 4563-4584, doi:10.1007/978-1-4419-0851-3, Springer
  3. Volkov D. and V. Zlotnicki (2012): Performance of GOCE and GRACE-derived mean dynamic topographies in resolving Antarctic Circumpolar Current fronts. Ocean Dynamics, doi:10.1007/s10236-012-0541-9.
  4. Garcia-Garcia D., C. Ummenhoffer and V. Zlotnicki (2011): Australian water mass variations from GRACE data linked to Indo-Pacific climate variability. Remote Sensing of Environment (2011), 115, pp2175-2183, doi:10.1016/j.rse.2011.04.007.
  5. Zlotnicki V. and D. Stammer (2011): Meeting Report: Gravity from Space, applications to ocean circulation, sea level rise and cryospheric science studies. Eos, Vol. 90, No. 17, 26 , p145. April 2011.
  6. Boening, C., T. Lee, and V. Zlotnicki (2011), A record-high ocean bottom pressure in the South Pacific observed by GRACE, Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L04602, doi:10.1029/2010GL046013.
  7. Freeman A., V. Zlotnicki, T. Liu, B. Holt, R. Kwok , S. Yueh, J. Vazquez, D. Siegel , and G. Lagerloef (2010) Ocean Measurements from Space in 2025. Oceanography, v23 (4), pp 144-161.
  8. Song, Y.T., R. Gross, X. Wang, and V. Zlotnicki, 2010: A non-Boussinesq terrain-following OGCM for oceanographic and geodetic applications, Advances in Geosciences, 18 (Ocean Science, Eds. Gan et al.), 63-86.
  9. Hausman J. and V. Zlotnicki (2010): Sea State Bias in Radar Altimetry Revisited. Marine Geodesy, 33(S1):336-347, 2010, DOI: 10.1080/01490419.2010.487804.
  10. Maximenko N., P. Niiler, M-H Rio, O. Melnichenko, L. Centurioni, D. Chambers, V. Zlotnicki, B. Galperin (2009): Mean dynamic topography of the ocean derived from satellite and drifting buoy data using three different techniques. J. Atmosph. Oceanic Technol., DOI: 10.1175/2009JTECHO672.1.
  11. Song Y.T. and V. Zlotnicki (2008): The subpolar ocean-bottom-pressure oscillation and its links to ENSO, Int. J. Remote Sensing, Vol. 29 (21), 6091-6107.
  12. Song Y. Tony, L.-L. Fu, Victor Zlotnicki, Chen Ji, Vala Hjorleifsdottir, C. K., Shum, and Yuchan Yi, 2008. The role of horizontal impulses of the faulting continental slope in generating the December 2004 tsunami. Ocean Modelling, 20, 362-379.
  13. Syed, T. H., J. S. Famiglietti, V. Zlotnicki, and M. Rodell, 2007. Contemporary estimates of Pan-Arctic freshwater discharge from GRACE and reanalysis, Geophys. Res. Lett., 34, L19404, doi:10.1029/2007GL031254.
  14. Zlotnicki V., J. Wahr, I. Fukumori and Y.-T. Song , 2007: Antarctic Circumpolar Current transport variability during 2003-2005 from GRACE. J. Physical Oceanog., Vol. 37, No. 2, pp 230-244.

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