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Matthew Lebsock

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4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 233-300

Pasadena, CA 91109





Curriculum Vitae:

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Aerosols And Clouds


  • Ph.D. Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado (2009)
  • M.S. Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado (2005)
  • B.A. Physics (Major), Mathematics (Minor), The Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado (2002)

Professional Experience

  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA
    • CloudSat Deputy Principal Investigator (2015-Present)
    • Scientist, Aerosol and Clouds group (2015-Present)
    • Scientist, Climate Physics Group (2011-2015)
  • Joint Institute for Regional Earth System Science and Engineering, Los Angeles CA
    • Assistant Researcher (2013-Present)
  • Department of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University
    • Research Scientist (2009-2011)
    • Graduate Research Assistant (2003-2009)
    • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Atmospheric Radiation (Spring 2007, Spring 2009)

Research Interests

  • Remote sensing of clouds, precipitation, water vapor and aerosol
  • Evaluation of climate and weather model physics
  • Global climate and energetics

Selected Awards

  • JPL Voyager Award (2019)
  • CSU Atmospheric Science Alumni Award: For outstanding research by a senior PhD student (2009)
  • Outstanding Student Paper Award (AGU Fall Meeting) (2008)
  • NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) (2007-2009)
  • Ball Aerospace Fellow, Colorado State University (2003-2005)

Selected Publications

  1. Richardson, M. T., Thompson, D. R., Kurowski, M. J., and Lebsock, M. D.: New sampling strategy mitigates a solar-geometry-induced bias in sub-kilometre vapour scaling statistics derived from imaging spectroscopy, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 15, 117–129,, 2022.
  2. R. J. Roy et al., "First Airborne Measurements With a G-Band Differential Absorption Radar," in IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, vol. 60, pp. 1-15, 2022, Art no. 5108115, doi: 10.1109/TGRS.2021.3134670.
  3. Diamond MS, Gettelman A, Lebsock MD, McComiskey A, Russell LM, Wood R, Feingold G. Opinion: To assess marine cloud brightening's technical feasibility, we need to know what to study-and when to stop. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2022 Jan 25;119(4):e2118379119. doi: 10.1073/pnas.2118379119.
  4. Cooper K. B. et al., "G-Band Radar for Humidity and Cloud Remote Sensing," in IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, vol. 59, no. 2, pp. 1106-1117, Feb. 2021, doi: 10.1109/TGRS.2020.2995325.
  5. Takahashi, H., Lebsock, M., Luo, Z. J., Masunaga, H., & Wang, C. (2021). Detection and Tracking of Tropical Convective Storms Based on Globally Gridded Precipitation Measurements: Algorithm and Survey over the Tropics, Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 60(3), 403-421.
  6. Thompson, D. R., Kahn, B. H., Brodrick, P. G., Lebsock, M. D., Richardson, M., and Green, R. O.: Spectroscopic imaging of sub kilometer spatial structure in lower-tropospheric water vapor, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 2827–2840,, 2021.
  7. Richardson, M. T., Thompson, D. R., Kurowski, M. J., and Lebsock, M. D.: Boundary layer water vapour statistics from high-spatial-resolution spaceborne imaging spectroscopy, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 5555–5576,, 2021.
  8. Roy, R. J., Lebsock, M., and Kurowski, M. J.: Spaceborne differential absorption radar water vapor retrieval capabilities in tropical and subtropical boundary layer cloud regimes, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 6443–6468,, 2021.
  9. R. J. Roy et al., "First Airborne Measurements With a G-Band Differential Absorption Radar," in IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, vol. 60, pp. 1-15, 2022, Art no. 5108115, doi: 10.1109/TGRS.2021.3134670.
  10. Battaglia, A. et al. (2020). Spaceborne cloud and precipitation radars: Status, challenges, and ways forward. Reviews of Geophysics, 58, e2019RG000686.
  11. Millán, L., Roy, R., and Lebsock, M.: Assessment of global total column water vapor sounding using a spaceborne differential absorption radar, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 5193–5205,, 2020.
  12. Cooper K. B. et al., "G-Band Radar for Humidity and Cloud Remote Sensing," in IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, vol. 59, no. 2, pp. 1106-1117, Feb. 2021, doi: 10.1109/TGRS.2020.2995325.
  13. Suselj, K., Posselt, D., Smalley, M., Lebsock, M. D., & Teixeira, J. (2020). A New Methodology for Observation-Based Parameterization Development, Monthly Weather Review, 148(10), 4159-4184
  14. Richardson, M., Lebsock, M. D., McDuffie, J., and Stephens, G. L.: A new Orbiting Carbon Observatory 2 cloud flagging method and rapid retrieval of marine boundary layer cloud properties, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 4947–4961,, 2020.
  15. Roy, R. J., Lebsock, M., Millán, L., & Cooper, K. B. (2020). Validation of a G-Band Differential Absorption Cloud Radar for Humidity Remote Sensing, Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, 37(6), 1085-1102.
  16. Hotta, H., Suzuki, K., Goto, D., & Lebsock, M. (2020). Climate Impact of Cloud Water Inhomogeneity through Microphysical Processes in a Global Climate Model, Journal of Climate, 33(12), 5195-5212
  17. Takahashi, H., Lebsock, M. D., Richardson, M., Marchand, R., & Kay, J. E. ( 2019). When will spaceborne cloud radar detect upward shifts in cloud heights? Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 124, 7270– 7285.
  18. Stephens, GL, Christensen, M, Andrews, T, et al. Cloud physics from space. Q J R Meteorol Soc. 2019; 1– 22.
  19. Smalley, M., K. Sušelj, M. Lebsock, and J. Teixeira, 2019: A Novel Framework for Evaluating and Improving Parameterized Subtropical Marine Boundary Layer Cloudiness. Mon. Wea. Rev., 147, 3241–3260,
  20. Richardson, M., Leinonen, J., Cronk, H. Q., McDuffie, J., Lebsock, M. D., and Stephens, G. L.: Marine liquid cloud geometric thickness retrieved from OCO-2's oxygen A-band spectrometer, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 1717-1737,, 2019.
  21. Stephens, G. L., Smalley, M. A., Lebsock, M. D. (2019). The cloudy nature of tropical rains. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 124, 171– 188.
  22. Millán, L. F., Lebsock, M. D., and Teixeira, J.: Variability of bulk water vapor content in the marine cloudy boundary layers from microwave and near-infrared imagery, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 8491–8502,, 2019.
  23. Jiang, J. H., Yue, Q., Su, H., Kangaslahti, P., Lebsock, M., Reising, S., et al. (2019). Simulation of remote sensing of clouds and humidity from space using a combined platform of radar and multifrequency microwave radiometers. Earth and Space Science, 6, 1234– 1243.
  24. Eastman, R., M. Lebsock, and R. Wood, 2019: Warm Rain Rates from AMSR-E 89-GHz Brightness Temperatures Trained Using CloudSat Rain-Rate Observations. J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol., 36, 1033–1051,
  25. Stephens, G. L., Hakuba, M. Z., Webb, M. J., Lebsock, M., Yue, Q., Kahn, B. H., et al. (2018). Regional intensification of the tropical hydrological cycle during ENSO. Geophysical Research Letters, 45, 4361–4370.
  26. Roy, R. J., Lebsock, M., Millán, L., Dengler, R., Rodriguez Monje, R., Siles, J. V., and Cooper, K. B.: Boundary-layer water vapor profiling using differential absorption radar, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 6511-6523,, 2018.
  27. Leinonen, J., Lebsock, M. D., Tanelli, S., Sy, O. O., Dolan, B., Chase, R. J., Finlon, J. A., von Lerber, A., and Moisseev, D.: Retrieval of snowflake microphysical properties from multifrequency radar observations, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 5471-5488,, 2018.
  28. Greenwald, T. J., Bennartz, R., Lebsock, M., & Teixeira, J. (2018). An Uncertainty Data Set for Passive Microwave Satellite Observations of Warm Cloud Liquid Water Path. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 123, 3668–3687.
  29. Naud, C.M., J.F. Booth, M. Lebsock, and M. Grecu, 2018: Observational Constraint for Precipitation in Extratropical Cyclones: Sensitivity to Data Sources. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 57, 991–1009,
  30. Stephens, G., D. Winker, J. Pelon, C. Trepte, D. Vane, C. Yuhas, T. L’Ecuyer, and M. Lebsock, 2018: CloudSat and CALIPSO within the A-Train: Ten Years of Actively Observing the Earth System. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 99, 569–581,
  31. Cooper, K.B.  et al., "Atmospheric Humidity Sounding Using Differential Absorption Radar Near 183 GHz," in IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, vol. 15, no. 2, pp. 163-167, Feb. 2018. doi: 10.1109/LGRS.2017.2776078
  32. Elsaesser, G.S., C.W. O’Dell, M.D. Lebsock, R. Bennartz, T.J. Greenwald, and F.J. Wentz, 2017: The Multisensor Advanced Climatology of Liquid Water Path (MAC-LWP). J. Climate, 30, 10193–10210,
  33. Lebsock, M.D., L’Ecuyer, T.S. & Pincus, R. Surv Geophys (2017): An Observational View of Relationships Between Moisture Aggregation, Cloud, and Radiative Heating Profiles,
  34. Nehrir, A.R., Kiemle, C., Lebsock, M.D. et al. Surv Geophys (2017) Emerging Technologies and Synergies for Airborne and Space-Based Measurements of Water Vapor Profiles, 38: 1445.
  35. Kahn, B. H., Matheou, G., Yue, Q., Fauchez, T., Fetzer, E. J., Lebsock, M., Martins, J., Schreier, M. M., Suzuki, K., and Teixeira, J.: An A-train and MERRA view of cloud, thermodynamic, and dynamic variability within the subtropical marine boundary layer, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 9451-9468,, 2017.
  36. Takahashi, H., M. Lebsock, K. Suzuki, G. Stephens, and M. Wang (2017), An investigation of microphysics and subgrid-scale variability in warm-rain clouds using the A-Train observations and a multiscale modeling framework, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 122, 7493–7504, doi:10.1002/2016JD026404.
  37. Kalmus, P. and M. Lebsock (2017), Correcting Biased Evaporation in CloudSat Warm Rain. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing. PP. 1-11. 10.1109/TGRS.2017.2722469.
  38. Lebsock M.D. and Kentaroh Suzuki, 2016: Uncertainty Characteristics of Total Water Path Retrievals in Shallow Cumulus Derived from Spaceborne Radar/Radiometer Integral Constraints. J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol. 33, 1597–1609, doi: 10.1175/JTECH-D-16-0023.1.
  39. Leinonen, J., M. D. Lebsock, L. Oreopoulos, and N. Cho (2016), Interregional differences in MODIS-derived cloud regimes, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 121, 11,648–11,665, doi:10.1002/2016JD025193.
  40. Leinonen, J., M. Lebsock, G. Stephens, and K. Suzuki, 2016: Improved Retrieval of Cloud Liquid Water from CloudSat and MODIS. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 55, 1831–1844, doi: 10.1175/JAMC-D-16-0077.1.
  41. Christensen, M., A. Behrangi, T. L’ecuyer, N. Wood, M. Lebsock, and G. Stephens, 2016: Arctic Observation and Reanalysis Integrated System: A New Data Product for Validation and Climate Study. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 97, 907–915, doi: 10.1175/BAMS-D-14-00273.1
  42. Lebsock, M. D., Suzuki, K., Millán, L. F., and Kalmus, P. M. (2015), The feasibility of water vapor sounding of the cloudy boundary layer using a differential absorption radar technique, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 8, 3631-3645, doi:10.5194/amt-8-3631-2015.
  43. Lebsock, M. and H. Su (2014), Application of Active Spaceborne Remote Sensing for Understanding Biases Between Passive Cloud Water Path Retrievals. J. Geophys. Res. Atmos. 119, 8962-8979, DOI: 10.1002/2014JD021568.
  44. Lebsock, M., H. Morrison, and A. Gettelman (2013), Microphysical implications of cloud-precipitation covariance derived from satellite remote sensing, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 118, doi:10.1002/jgrd.50347.
  45. Lebsock, M.D., and T.S. L'Ecuyer (2011), The retrieval of warm rain from CloudSat, J. Geophys. Res., 116, D20209, doi:10.1029/2011JD016076
  46. Lebsock, M.D., T.S. L'Ecuyer, and G.L. Stephens (2011), Detecting the ratio of rain and cloud water in low-latitude shallow marine clouds, J. Appl. Meteor. Clim., 50, 419-432, doi:10.1175/2010JAMC2494.1
  47. Lebsock, M.D., C. Kummerow, G.L. Stephens (2010), An Observed Tropical Oceanic Radiative-Convective Cloud Feedback, J. Climate, 23, 2065-2078, doi:10.1175/2009JCLI3091.1.
  48. Lebsock, M.D., G.L. Stephens, and C. Kummerow (2008), Multisensor satellite observations of aerosol effects on warm clouds, J. Geophys. Res., 113, D15205, doi:10.1029/2008JD009876.
  49. Lebsock, M.D., T.S. L'Ecuyer, and G.L. Stephens (2007), Information content of near-infrared spaceborne multiangular polarization measurements for aerosol retrievals, J. Geophys. Res., 112, D14206, doi:10.1029/2007JD008535.